Baker’s Corner

Baker’s Corner – Optimize the Temperature of Your Cake Mix

Welcome to Baker’s Corner! This week’s edition focuses on how to guarantee an ideal batter temperature for all your delicious cake mixes. To achieve the perfect batter needed for tasty baked goods, two factors must be accounted for – room and water temperature. Here is a chart from General Mills that displays the resulting batter temperature from varying room and water temperature combinations: These factors are crucial to controlling the temperature of your mix and producing delicious, moist cakes with rise and body. Stock your shelves with quality products from Sunrise – we carry all the top baking essentials you

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Baker’s Corner: Calibrate Your Oven for Consistent Baking Temperatures

Welcome to Baker’s Corner – exclusive technical baking tips promised to improve the taste and texture of YOUR baked goodies! This week’s edition details how to optimize baking temperatures and times: Oven temperatures that are too high will tend to burn your product externally while leaving the interior raw or under-baked. This can result in gumminess or collapsing of the finished product. Oven temperatures that are too low will cause the product to dry out, resulting in a shorter shelf life of the finished based product. To remedy these common issues, make sure you check your oven temperatures and have

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Baker’s Corner: Ingredient Weight

Welcome to Baker’s Corner! This week, we detail the importance of ingredient weight in your baking. No two people measure ingredients the same way, which makes weighing ingredients the best way to achieve consistent results. Measuring by volume (i.e. cups, scoops, etc.) leaves room for error and inaccuracies. For example, one person may measure a specific ingredient by over-filling a cup while another person may level the cup with a spatula. Measuring liquids accurately requires you to look at the measuring vessel at eye level. Weighing all ingredients, including water, is the most accurate method of producing consistent finished baked

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Baker’s Corner: Specific Gravity

Welcome to Baker’s Corner! This week, we cover an important factor in baking delicious cakes: specific gravity. The specific gravity of a batter is the ratio of the weight of cake batter in a standard volume container compared to the weight of water in the same container. This ratio is a way to measure the amount of air incorporated into the batter during the mixing process. Correct mixing times and temperatures will ensure that the batter’s specific gravity falls within the range specified on the bag instructions – which in turn will ensue a finished cake with consistent volume, texture

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Baker’s Corner: Batter Temperature

Welcome to Baker’s Corner! This week’s topic: Batter Temperature. Batter temperature is an essential part in forming delicious baked goodies. The batter temperature (as prescribed on the bag directions) is designed to yield the proper leavening activity during mixing and baking. Changes in batter temperature will have a significant effect on the aeration potential and leavening action of the batter. Warm batters will activate the leavening too early in the production process. This early activation will result in cakes with insufficient volume and a coarse grain. These cakes will also have a tendency to be very fragile and will crumble easily

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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

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