Cake layers should be completely cooled before you frost them. If they aren’t, the frosting could drip and run off the sides. At a minimum, cake layers should cool two hours at room temperature. If the temperature of your home is warm, consider cooling them in the fridge.

Strawberry-Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake

Fill the pans half the way full, as the cake will rise while baking. Read the ingredients list and directions before you start baking. Having your ingredients ready to go can save a lot of time and hassle.

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Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. “This light and airy cake has the delicious taste of coffee and is great for dessert or an afternoon snack,” says lola. I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved. To freeze, wrap the whole cake or individual slices in 3-4 layers of plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.

The beaten egg whites act as a leavening agent, and there is no added shortening in the recipe. This makes Angel food cake a delicious no-fat dessert.

The best cake pans limit the risk of cakes overbaking or not releasing from the pan. At some point, burnt sugar syrup was added, turning the cake almost black. It has been a West Indian holiday staple, as well as the go-to wedding cake, for centuries.

Last year, she baked 2,000 one-pound cakes, to sell at $26 a piece. It’s all she can manage, even with her husband boxing finished cakes and other family members helping. Ms. Lee hopes to pass the business to her son, Geoffrey, a chef and restaurateur. In a small saucepan, combine cola, butter and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth.

This crowd-friendly sheet cake is the ideal dessert for the transition between seasons. A full can of pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice gives the cake its autumnal aroma, while the fluffy marshmallow frosting is reminiscent of campfire s’mores. Just pop the tray under the broiler to get it toasty and charred.