Betty Crocker New Cake Decorating by Betty Crocker
Pipe, Swirl, Splatter and Shape a Spectacular Decorated Cake!
Get inspired! Betty Crocker New Cake Decorating presents a collection of 75 cakes that are not only playful but also elegant and creative. With clear guidance provided, decorating cakes confidently has never been easier. The book starts with a colorful introduction on how to frost a cake and pipe frosting. Soon after, the real fun begins with a wide variety of lively creations.
Let your imagination run wild!
Imagine a cake buzzing with candy bees – the Honey-Lemon Beehive Cake. Or picture a sophisticated Pink Tuxedo Cake that exudes elegance. Betty Crocker New Cake Decorating offers shaped animals, castles, and even vehicles for you to create. The book also provides holiday themes for year-round fun and has cake designs specifically for weddings, birthdays, and showers.
Discover endless possibilities!
Whether you are a beginner looking to start your cake decorating journey or simply seeking new ideas to expand your repertoire, this book has got you covered. It offers a plethora of whimsical cake designs such as the Watercolor Ombre Cake, Zebra Layer Cake, and Rainbow Petal Sheet Cake. If you’re up for a challenge, try your hand at creating cutout and shaped cakes like the Kitty Cat Layer Cake, Fire Engine Cake, or even the Pizza Cake.
Celebrate every occasion!
With Betty Crocker New Cake Decorating, you can bring joy to every holiday and festive period. Surprise your loved ones with the Surprise-in-the-Center Speckled Egg Cake for Easter, create a Mom’s Day Sunflower Cupcakes Bouquet, or amaze your guests with a Christmas Tree Cake adorned with Mini Trees.
You can do it!
Whether you are looking for whimsy, creativity, or elegance, Betty Crocker New Cake Decorating is the ultimate guide to help you decorate to your heart’s content. From step-by-step instructions to eye-catching designs, you’ll find everything you need to create your very own spectacular decorated cakes.
The Evolution of Cake Making: Betty Crocker’s Four-Minute Method (1945)
Long long ago, some 400 years in the past to be more precise, there lived a jovial monarch. This wise monarch understood the importance of good food for nourishing the soul. With his practical mindset, the monarch ensured that his subjects were well-fed. The kingdom had a talented cook whose culinary artistry earned him fame and security. But this cook was not satisfied with his place in life. He yearned to experiment and create something new.
Thus, he devised a novel concoction – a cake unlike any the king had ever seen. Instead of the familiar tall round cake, the cook made smaller flat cakes, which the king adored. However, this risky experimentation could alter the king’s tastes and jeopardize the cook’s own life.
But the cook took the gamble and emerged victorious, earning him a place in cake-making history. From then on, cakes became a staple in joyous occasions. Over the centuries, various cake experiments took place, resulting in creations such as the spice cake in the 16th century, the Banbury cake in the 17th century, and the nuns cake in the 18th century. Regardless of shape or flavor, cakes always triumphed in adding delight to every celebration.
Today, with the advancements in baking technology, we have a wide range of cakes available to suit every occasion. Your neighborhood baker skillfully crafts cakes with sparkling icings and delicate decorations, enhancing their beauty and dignity. A beautiful cake becomes the centerpiece of joyful events like parties, engagements, anniversaries, and birthdays, spreading happiness to all who partake.
Yet, sometimes, achieving the perfect cake has proven challenging for women. The language used in traditional recipes has often been confusing, causing uncertainty in baking results. Terms like “cream the shortening and sugar,” “stage is light and fluffy,” or “fold in egg whites” befuddled even the most well-intentioned homemakers.
The time was ripe for innovation, and that is where Betty Crocker and her team of home economists came in. Having served homemakers for years, they believed there had to be a way to make cake baking easier and better. Thus, they embarked on an experimental journey, meticulously testing and recording variations in ingredient proportions and mixing methods. Countless cakes were baked, assessed for texture, tenderness, volume, appearance, and, most importantly, eating quality.
Months of testing resulted in the development of a new home method for cake making – the Betty Crocker method. Recipes using this method were sent to homemakers across the country for feedback. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with approval pouring in for the streamlined process and the superior results achieved.
Introducing the Betty Crocker Method
The Betty Crocker method revolutionizes cake making with its streamlined and efficient approach. Gone are the laborious tasks of creaming shortening and sugar or separately beating eggs. In this new method, only one bowl and one set of beaters or spoons are required, simplifying the cleanup.
Accurate measurement is vital in baking, and the Betty Crocker method acknowledges this. Extensive tests were conducted using standardized measurements, ensuring precise proportions of ingredients. The mixing process, whether done with an electric mixer or by hand, is timed, taking just four minutes to complete.
The Betty Crocker method emphasizes the importance of preparing ingredients beforehand. Ensuring that the ingredients, including shortening, eggs, and milk, are at room temperature allows for better blending. Preheating the oven to the required temperature is also essential.
When it comes to pans, deep layer pans are preferred for nice full cake layers. Filling the pans only halfway prevents overflow during baking. The pans should be thoroughly greased and lightly dusted with flour for easy cake removal.
One important aspect of the Betty Crocker method is that it requires specific recipes tailored to this new approach. Traditional recipes may not yield the desired results, as the proportions of ingredients differ.
The Silver White Layer Cake Recipe
Let’s walk through the steps of making a cake using the Betty Crocker method. We will begin with the Silver White Layer Cake recipe, making sure to have all the necessary utensils and quality ingredients at our disposal.
The first step, as with all cake making, is to sift the flour before measuring. Carefully spoon the sifted flour into a standard measuring cup, leveling it off with a straight edge knife. The same precision applies to measuring other dry ingredients such as baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Next, we measure the shortening, ensuring it is at room temperature. Measure it by pressing it firmly into the measuring cup and leveling it. The sugar is then added to the sifted dry ingredients, a departure from the traditional creaming method.
Now it’s time to measure the milk, and using a liquid measuring cup with a clear marking is helpful. Adding the liquid directly to the dry ingredients and shortening is yet another distinction of the Betty Crocker method.
The ingredients are mixed either using an electric mixer or by hand. Starting at a slow speed, gradually increasing to medium, we blend until all the ingredients are completely incorporated, which takes two minutes. At this point, the remaining liquid is added, and mixing continues for an additional two minutes.
For accurate measurement, even eggs are measured rather than relying on mere estimation. Adding the unbeaten egg whites, we continue mixing for precisely two more minutes, completing the entire mixing process in just four minutes.
The batter, although thin, is poured into the greased and floured pans, ensuring they are only half full. Placing the pans in the preheated oven, we bake the cake until it springs back when lightly touched.
After the cake has cooled, it can be frosted, adding a luscious and creamy finishing touch. The result is a beautiful and delicious cake that everyone can be proud of.
Advantages of the Betty Crocker Method
Summing up, the Betty Crocker method offers three major advantages:
1. Time and effort-saving: Mixing the ingredients in just four minutes eliminates laborious tasks like creaming shortening and sugar and separately beating eggs.
2. Exact and accurate: The Betty Crocker method provides precise directions, eliminating confusion and ensuring consistent results. The timed mixing procedure guarantees superior cakes with exceptional texture, and a melt-in-the-mouth eating quality.
3. Superior end results: The Betty Crocker method’s meticulously developed recipes produce stunningly beautiful cakes that taste as good as they look. With the Betty Crocker method, every cake can be fit for a king, continuing the 400 years of cake-making history.
Betty Crocker’s innovative method revolutionized cake making, making it more accessible and yielding superior results. With its streamlined process, precise measurements, and timed mixing, the Betty Crocker method has allowed homemakers to create splendid cakes that bring joy and happiness to all.