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Did you know that the melting method in baking should be used for your chocolate cake? Read this article to know more about the melting method in baking.
Everyone loves cake! Wait you do love cake right? I imagine you do, or otherwise why would you be hanging out here right? Now if you are making a cake on your own, it may not be perfect at first, but baking is worth the practice. Trust me, your baking will improve over time! And the fastest way to improve is to learn about the different methods of baking.
There are many methods of baking that gives us different results. These methods have science working behind them, and it is definitely a must to know them so we would know what to do best when baking.
What are the different mixing methods of baking?
Whisking methodThis might be the trickiest method of them all. Also known as the egg foaming method. If you making a fluffy chiffon cake, angel food cake, or some delicious swiss rolls, the whisking method works best for you. This method usually requires vigorously whipping the eggs (either egg whites, yolks, or whole eggs) with the sugar together to create an airy texture. This method is used on cakes that is used that contain less fat or egg white desserts like meringues and pavlovas.
Creaming methodThe creaming method beats butter and sugar together into a fluffy texture first before placing eggs into the mixture one by one. After this, the dry ingredients are added alternately to the mixture. This is the most commonly used method in baking cakes and cookies.
Reverse Creaming methodThe reverse creaming method, also known as the paste method or two stage creaming, is another way to make cakes. Unlike the creaming method, the butter is combined with the dry ingredients first to create a sandy texture. Then the liquid ingredients and eggs are added. The flour gets coated in butter, and since the liquids are added after the gluten development doesn’t happen right away creating for a light, tender cake.
Rubbing methodThe rubbing method, also known as the biscuit method, or cutting in method, is best used for biscuits, crumbles, pies, and scones. To do this, you take a freezing cold fat, usually butter, and slice it into smaller cubes. Then, using your fingertips, carefully rub the butter into the dry mixture.
All-in-one MethodThe All-in-one method, or blended method, is the easiest among other baking methods. This is because you just mix all the ingredients together at the same time. I use this method to make this super easy apple sheet cake come Fall time.
Melting methodIn the melting method, the butter or fat and sugar are melted together in a pot before the eggs are added. After which, the other dry ingredients are mixed in the mixture. This method does not use whisking or beating, so in order to make the cake rise, you would need some baking powder.
Muffin MethodWith the muffin method, the dry ingredients and wet ingredients are mixed separately in two mixing bowls. Then the flour mixture is combined with the wet ingredients and whisked together to make a cohesive batter. This method is used for making muffins, but also some easy oil-based cakes and quick breads.
- Learn one of the easiest methods in baking, the whisking method, that can be used in so many of your baking recipes.
- New to baking? The all in one method for baking is the perfect method for beginners to learn how to make easy cakes and loaf breads.
- Want to make flaky biscuits and pie crust? Then you need to learn more about the rubbing in method!
More about the melting method
The melting method in baking
As mentioned, cake-making and baking has different methods. You will choose the method depending on the result that you want. Baked goods that used the melting method are usually dense and rich cakes. This is a very forgiving method to try since it is incredibly easy too.
As mentioned, this requires melting the fat and sugar together first before adding the dry ingredients, such as baking powder. Melted butter is commonly used for fat because of its flavor.
Benefits of using the melting method
When the melting method is used, it results in rich moist cakes with a slightly sticky texture. This makes it easy for heavy ingredients like ground nuts and raisins to be incorporated into the cake.
Because of this, the tasty and perfect cake texture is the ultimate melting method benefit.
Best cakes made by melting
- Chocolate Cake– Chocolate cake, like this flourless chocolate cake is best when it is moist and rich in flavor. This is why the melting method is best to use for these cakes.
- Carrot Cake– You can always choose to make a carrot cake to bake for your family using the melting method.
- Gingerbread Cake– Great for holidays, create a sturdy and tasty gingerbread cake that can hold the toppings you and your family choose.
- Brownies– Want some moist brownies? Use the melting method, and you can also add different toppings like nuts, marshmallows, or sprinkles.
- Fruit Cakes– Create fruit cakes mixed with nuts, dried fruits, and chocolates. This will hold onto your cake because of the melting method.
Other Frequently Asked Questions.
There are many reasons why your cake probably sank in the middle. But for the melting method, it may be because of too much leavening agent. If there is too much baking powder or baking soda in the cake mixture, there is a tendency for the cake to rise too quickly. Because of this, the center of the cake will collapse and make the layers sink in the middle.
An easy fix for your curdled cake batter is by adding bits of flour, one tablespoon at a time. Do this until the flour made the liquid and fat well incorporated. This will make your batter smooth out again.
The overmixing cake batter will result in a chewy, tough, and gummy texture. This is because the gluten in the flour form elastic gluten strands that make it more dense and chewy. It is best to avoid overmixing cake batter for the best texture.
There are many baking methods available but we have to choose what is best for our cake or other baked goods. Knowing each one will benefit the outcome and will reduce problems. Either way, if we are to prepare moist and rich cakes, then the melting method is best to be used.