Product Type: Farringdon gadgets
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cooling my cakes with ease
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Member Name: europe-chick
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Advantages: cheap, no more soggy cakes
Disadvantages: quite big, but smaller sizes are available
I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Five days out of seven I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen.
One of the essential items for home baking I would say is a cooling rack. You can improvise though if you don't have one and use other household items instead; I've successfully used the shelves from my oven, the grill racks from my roasting tins, and 'Lamplig pot stands or trivets from Ikea. All of these have worked well enough for me, but there's drawbacks to all of them. If you use the shelves from the oven, then what happens if you need to put another batch of baked goodies in, or need to cook something else, plus the shelf will be hot. The drawback to the Lamplig trivets or pot stands is that the metal poles are spaced quite wide apart, it's a balancing act to get cupcakes to stay upright on the trivet, also these don't work for cakes as the metal poles are too thick and wide - they leave deep grooves in the base of your cake. The best option out of the three for improvising is using the grill racks from roasting tins, the only slight drawback to using these is that the wires are spaced slightly too far apart and that the wires only run one way; the ideal cooling rack has wires running both ways forming a criss-cross pattern, and the wires should be quite close together.
The advantage to using a cooling rack (or some sort of improvisation on a cooling rack) is that it lets air circulate around your cake, cupcakes or cookies. This enables your baked goodies to cool faster, and it also more importantly means that they don't go damp and soggy from being left to cool (and sweat effectively) in the cake tin.
I've got two of these cooling racks from Faringdon, both were bought from Amazon and were only about £3 or £4 each - certainly no more than a fiver anyway. I've had both of mine for a number of years now and they're still going strong. They are both exactly the same size, 40cm by 25cm. I believe that you can can get a number of different sizes and shapes in the Faringdon cooling racks, should this fairly large one be too big for your needs.
I honestly can't remember if these are dishwasher safe or not, however I do put mine in the dishwasher a few times a week and they are still perfectly fine, they haven't rusted or warped at all.
These are fairly large and will easily hold 3 dozen cupcakes per cooling rack. You could actually probably get 4 dozen cupcakes on each cooling rack, however I like to have adequate space between each cupcake to be able to frost them properly and then pick them up and transfer them to a plate or box without damaging the frosting. I can also easily get the two halves of a layer cake on the cooling rack, again with space to spare to fill the cake and then assemble it and frost it. As to how many cookies these will hold, well that all depends on how big your cookies are!
I've been really impressed with these for the low price that I paid, they've lasted well and they haven't warped or twisted out of shape at all, even under the weight of some very heavy cakes. They've had an awful lot of use, and they've stood up to this well. They don't sit too high off the worktop, just high enough for an adequate amount of air to circulate around the cakes, and so this means that they're not too big and bulky for storage. I just slide mine into the side of one of my kitchen cupboards when I'm not using them. I'd definitely repurchase when necessary, and I'd definitely recommend them.
Summary: cooling my cakes with ease