Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
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Kitchen Craft Cake Tester - an essential for baking
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Easy to find in the drawer, does what it is meant to do
I like to do some baking, however I wouldn't say I was a brilliant baker by any means. Over the past year, I have been a bit braver and attempted some more cakes, and in fact made my daughters cake for her first birthday. I have now a handful of cakes that I make every so often, especially for special occasions, and when making these cakes, it is vital that I have a way of ensuring they are baked fully, which is not always possible to tell simply from the outside.
When I made my first cake and was advised by the recipe to use a cake tester, I didn't own one and instead used the only thing I had at the time, which was a skewer, which worked fine. For quite a few cakes after that I continued to use my skewer until I noticed this Kitchen Craft Cake Tester on amazon and having a little bit of money left on an amazon voucher, I decided this would be something quite useful, rather than always looking for a skewer in the drawer.
WHen I bought this on amazon, I think it cost me just over £2 and in fact I think it is quite easy to pick up over the internet for a small price. There is nothing fancy about this cake tester, and I suppose, it would be difficult to make such an instrument look exciting. It is simply a stainless steel needle with a topper saying 'cake tester', just in case you forgot what it was when you went to get it again! Although I do actually find that having this topper makes it easier for me to locate this tester in the drawer which is full of utensils.
Obviously a cake tester is used to ensure cakes are baked to perfection, by inserting it into the middle and if it comes out clean, you have a cake that is ready, but if there are still crumbs on it, it needs a little longer in the oven. I have had plenty of occasions in using this cake tester, where the cake has been done perfectly the first time I have tried it, but plenty of occasions, when there has been crumbs on the tester and it has required me to put it back in the oven. So, if you are interested in baking cakes, it really is a great piece of kit, and you don't have to worry about always having a spare skewer in the drawer.
The other positive about this cake tester is that I find it is finer when it goes into the cake. One of the cakes that I make is a little harder on the surface and I find that if a skewer is inserted there is more of a noticeable mark than when using this cake tester.
All in all, for the price that I paid for this cake tester, I would happily recommend it. Yes, you can use a skewer but it is much nicer to have this tool and it doesn't cost the earth!
Summary: A great piece of kit for a baker