30 Days To A Better Cake: Day 4 – Making Batter

Batter up! This video has some tricks to use when preparing your cake batter.

Are you interested in getting a paddle like mine for your mixer? You can find it here. Please keep in mind that’s for a 5-quart tilt-head mixer, so if your mixer is a different model, be sure to select the appropriate paddle for your mixer.

Here’s the step by step tutorial on how to soften butter quickly.

Comments

  1. Lauren Tanner says:

    Teacher, Teacher!!! I have a question!!!! How do you figure how much batter you need per cake. Like for a 12 in round how many cups of batter would you need? When I made Noah’s birthday cake (because you left us and we had no one to make our cakes and made us fend for ourselves) I had trouble trying to figure out how many times I needed to double my recipe. Does this question make sense? I tend to ramble…

    • Great question! The amount of batter needed differs based on the size, shape, and depth of your cake pan. Thankfully, Wilton has a handy little guide so you don’t have to memorize each of the scenarios. You should definitely bookmark both of these pages:

      Wilton Cake Baking Time and Cake Batter Amounts – For Two Inch Pans

      Wilton Cake Baking Time and Cake Batter Amounts – For Three Inch Pans

    • Lauren Tanner says:

      Ok, thanks! One more question. Is there an easy way to tell how many cups of batter a recipe will make? Again with Noah’s cake the recipes that I looked at didn’t say so I kinda had to wing it. I almost called to ask you then but for some reason didn’t.

    • I don’t think there’s a really good way to do that unless the recipe tells you. For example, a family friend gave me a recipe for strawberry cake and the instructions said to fill three 9″ rounds. Information like that can help you estimate, but other than that, I’d assume it’s trial and error.

      Usually, I err on the side of more batter. I’d rather have a few extra cupcakes around than have cakes that really short. Next time you’re doing it, give me a call and we’ll figure it out.

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