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March 2023: Writing a Recipe for You

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

My people, I've done it. I've taken the scribbles and chicken scratch from my baking notebook (The Lady Flour Cookbook, if you will) and turned it into a written recipe. I want to thank the Academy, and everyone who ordered a cake this week because I do my best thinking/writing/focusing while the cakes are in the oven. I think it has to do with the timer.

What I like about writing recipes is putting myself in your shoes, and thinking about the most concise way to say something, while still giving you enough detail to be successful. I can be long-winded (you've noticed? Cool), so this was a challenge. I've got so many tips I want to share with you, but I know they're not all necessary. I also know that the longer a recipe is, the more likely I am to miss an important detail. So I tried not to do that.

Having said that, I still want to share what I consider to be some crucial things to know when baking a cake. I know that baking can be less forgiving than cooking, which is why folks avoid it. For that reason, I want to share a few helpful tips that will help with your cake-making, should you choose to do some cake-making:

  • Read the recipe all the way through before starting. This goes for all recipes, not just cakes. That way, nothing will catch you by surprise.

  • For cake, unless otherwise indicated, assume that your ingredients should be room-temperature. Imagine you've just whipped your room-temperature butter, and then you add cold eggs to it. The temperature of the eggs will make the soft butter seize, giving you a clumpy mess. Room-temperature ingredients will save you a lot of headaches.

  • Line and grease your pan! All recipes will tell you to grease your pans, but I recommend lining with parchment paper as well. Trace the bottom of your cake pan on some parchment paper, cut it out, and put it in your cake pan. Then, grease the top of the parchment paper and the sides of the pan. This will ensure your cake comes out everytime.

For the sake of brevity (lol, what is that?) I will stop here, because I want you to check out the recipe too.

If you end up baking the honey buttermilk cake, let me know how it turns out! If you feel like something went wrong, let me know that too and I'll see if I can help you troubleshoot.

Happy baking.

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