Baker’s Corner: Mixing Time

Welcome to Baker’s Corner! Sunrise Food Service is excited to introduce this new addition to our website. We plan to bring useful information about technical baking tips and strategies that will help produce delicious baked goods.

This week, the topic is mixing time. Mixing time is a critical factor in forming cakes with superior texture and flavor. The goal of mixing cake batter is to incorporate and properly hydrate the ingredients while aerating the batter. As this goal is accomplished, the appearance of a cake batter will change during the multi-stage process. The batter will start as a stiff-paste in the first stage, finishing to a velvety, free-flowing consistency in the final stage. An increase in the batter volume will be noticed as air is incorporated, setting the stage for the final crumb structure and texture. Under-mixing could result in lower volume and a tighter grain in the finished cake due to inadequate batter aeration. Over-mixing could create a weakened structure due to over aeration leading to a collapsed cake.

This information is courtesy of General Mills, one of our valued vendor partners. Please contact your Sunrise sales rep for more information about our high-quality baking products – we will help you bake the best cakes in town!