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Donna’s Baking Tray Liners

Baking Tray Liner
Baking Tray Liner

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These baking tray liners are the best invention since the wheel!

I have always struggled with making sure that my baked goods don’t stick to the baking tray (Cookie Sheet). Crisco was the best I could do, but this new product takes things to a whole new level. I still remember being so mad after spending ages carefully rolling out my latest cookie recipe, putting it in the oven, and finding that it had stuck to the baking tray.

It was so frustrating. Ever since I got the baking tray liners, none of that has happened. This little invention has made my life so much easier, and means that I can even bake when I’m in a hurry.

When I’m working with the flexible silicone baking tray liner, I find that it goes in really easily, and is really easy to clean up afterwards. I love the way that it makes your baking experience much more efficient. It also reduces wastage because you don’t need to grease the baking trays ahead of time anymore.

I’ll bet you’ve even tried to buy a ready made liner, but they either fall apart halfway through baking, or they’re too small for your particular tray.

Well, worry no more, my friends. I have found the answer to all your problems.

Donna’s Top 6 Silicone Mats

My top silicone mats are going to make your baking life so much easier. I know it’s hard to believe that your food will not stick to these silicone mats. And just think, less of a mess to have to clean up! They are worth it just for that one reason alone. Not to mention they are great for the environment because they are re-useable which will save you money and time in the long run.😉

#6. GUANCI 6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set (Amazon’s Choice)

6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set
6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set

I have a mat very similar to this one and I love it! It works great for rolling out cookie dough, pie dough, pizza dough, or any type of pastry dough you can think of. It also has diagrams to guide you as you roll out your dough and this is super helpful.

Features:

  • Made of 100% Platinum Food-Grade Silicone
  • Holds up under 540 degrees Celsius which is equal to  1,004 Degrees Fahrenheit-Now that’s hot!
  • Easy clean-up and food does not stick to mat
  • Anti-Slip-stays in place
  • The Silicone baking is 0.7mm thickness or 0.028″ and is thicker than most pastry mats
  • And it’s dishwasher/oven/microwave oven/freezer safe
  • 4 different sets for your baking needs

#5. Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats for Cookie Baking Sheets Pan

Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats
Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats

You can cook healthier meals with these mats. No need to add butter, oil, fats, or sprays. With the Aurrako Silicone Baking mats, you never have to worry about any of your foods sticking. Roll out your favorite cookie doughs, pizza dough, or any kind of pastry dough you can think of.

Features:

  • Made with non-toxic silicone, BPA free, with no plastic fillers
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • No more parchment paper or aluminum foil (save money)
  • Will not fold or crease and cooks food evenly
  • Comes with 6 piece pipping tips
  • Makes a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, mother’s day or for your self
  • 3 different size sets to meet your needs

#4. MMmat Silicone Baking Mats (Amazon’s Choice)

MMmat Silicone Mats
MMmat Silicone Mats

You will get 3 non-stick silicone baking mats to make your baking easier and convenient. The size of these are made for half sheet baking pans in size “13×18”.

Features:

  • You get 2 non-stick silicone baking mats & 1 macaron silicone mat
  • You don’t have use oils, sprays, or parchment paper
  • Can with stand oven up to 500 degrees F
  • PBA free and PFOA free
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • 6 different sets to choose from

#3. Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat (Amazon’s Choice)

Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat
Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat

With these cute silicone baking mats, you can turn any baking sheet or roasting pan into a non-stick easy to clean surface. By using silicone mats, you will not have to worry about parchment paper, waxed paper, aluminum foil, or baking sprays. These adorable mats are safe for all of your food plus they are BPA and PFOA FREE. 

Features:

  • Fits most standard size half sheet baking pans
  • Even heat distribution for perfect results every time
  • Can handle oven temps. from -40 degrees F to 450 degrees F
  • No need for added fats like cooking oil, butter, or cooking sprays
  • Non-stick silicone mats make clean-up a snap and they are dishwasher safe
  • Can handle your messiest doughs to your stickiest treats
  • And how adorable are these mats
  • You can choose all 3 styles or just 1 style

#2. Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat Set (Amazon’s Choice)

Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat
Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat

Want perfect results every time you bake? Then get the Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat Set. Designed for evenly distributed heat for perfect results every time. Make beautiful cookies, get crispy roasted veggies or pretty macarons that will slide off the mat with ease. And these mats can handle your toughest jobs. Now you can make healthy meals like a pro.

Features:

  • Can withstand freezing temps and oven temps. up to 450 degrees F
  • Designed to fit all standard half baking sheets
  • Easy clean-up without all the mess and dishwasher safe
  • No more parchment paper, aluminum foil, wax paper or cooking sprays
  • Cook healthier meals without added fats, butter, or oil
  • 5 different sets to choose from

#1. Non-slip Silicone Pastry Mat Extra Large with Measurements (#1 Seller on Amazon)

Extra Large Non-Slip Silicone Mat
Extra Large Non-Slip Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is made with premium-grade silicone to protect the health of you and your family. No worries about your food sticking. Not even your stickiest dough will stick to this non-stick mat. This baby is 28″ by 20″ so you will have plenty of room to roll out your cookie dough, pie dough, pastry dough with ease.

I picked this to be number 1 because it is much bigger than most and thicker. Made with good quality material that will lasts for years to come.

Features:

  • Non-stick surface so even your stickiest pastry dough want stick
  • Non-slip backing so it grips to your table without sliding around or rolling up
  • Easy clean-up, just rinse off with warm soapy water, no scrubbing
  • Can use for baking in the oven up to 470 degrees F
  • Bigger than other silicone mats and thicker
  • Has measurements to help you with the size of the pastry you need
  • Comes in 3 different sizes to fit your needs

Now that you have the information I encourage you to check out each one of the silicone mats on Amazon along with their videos to make the right choice for your baking needs.

You will be well on your way to baking like a pro and serving up healthier foods for you and your family without all the added fats that you don’t need. And clean-up will be a breeze. Just think, you will be done and out of the kitchen in no time for family time!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy,🍰🍪

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Make a Cake: A Step-by-Step Guide 

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While baking cakes is usually easier than cooking, sometimes things can get quite tricky. This is why you need to know the basics of cake baking.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to baking or have been baking for years, this guide will help you.


How to Make a Cake: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making any cake is not rocket science. However, it is always good to follow the basic rules. By following these 12 easy steps, you will be able to create a beautiful and tasty cake every time. This guide will teach you how to make a cake.

Before you get started, you will need to decide on the cake recipe you would like. You can get a cake recipe here and then click on the Recipe tab. Now that you have your recipe, follow the steps below for a delicious moist made from scratch cake.

KitchenAid
KitchenAid

Step 1: Get Your Kitchen Aid Mixer Ready or Your Mixer of Choice

Get your mixer plugged in, your bowl set on your mixer, and your edge beater (flat paddle if you have a Kitchen Aid) ready to attach to your mixer. Doing this will save you some much-needed time.


Step 2: Prepare Your Baking Pans

Cake Pan
Cake Pan

This is a very important step to do before you pour the batter into the cake pans. Because you do not want your cake layers to stick. I love to use Pam Baking Spray or Bakers Joy Spray. These sprays already have the oil and flour mixed together making greasing and flouring your pans a breeze. One step and you’re done.

You can use two 9-inch pans, two 8-inch pans, or a 13x9x2 inch pan. The choice is yours. The recipe may specify which size pan to use as well. I use non-stick pans, but still, use the spray for assurance my cake layers will not stick and slide out of the pans with ease.


Step 3: Gather Your Ingredients

Gathering Your Ingredients
Gather Your Ingredients

Now that you have all of the ingredients for your recipe, allow them to reach room temperature. This usually only takes about 15-20 minutes. Doing this will allow for butter to mix up easier (you just want the butter to be soft) and allow the eggs to yield a higher cake volume. For food safety reasons, be sure not to leave the eggs out longer than about 20 minutes.


Step 4: Pre-Heat the Oven

Pre-Heat Oven
Pre-Heat Oven

Pre-heat your oven while mixing up your cake. For most cakes it is 350 degrees F. But there again, go by what the recipe says. You don’t want to put your cake into a cold oven and it has to sit there while the oven heats up. This can cause your cake to be dry and not as moist and can decrease the thickness of the layers. (want rise up as pretty).


Step-By-Step Recipe
Step-By-Step Recipe

Step 5: Follow the Recipe Step by Step

Make sure you follow the recipe exactly in order. Don’t try to skip ahead with steps to get it mixed up faster. If you do, you are going to be messing up big time! For example, if you are adding your eggs and the recipe wants you to add them one at a time and mix well before you add another one, you add them one at a time.


Step 6: Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Mix Dry Ingredients
Mix Dry Ingredients

Mix together the dry ingredients first, ie: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, whatever the recipe calls for. You can mix these together in your mixing bowl using a wire whisk.



Step 7: Cream Together Sugar and Butter or Sugar and Shortening

Cream Butter, Sugar, And Shortening
Cream Butter, Sugar, and Shortening

Now you will want cream together either the sugar and butter or sugar and shortening depending on what your recipe calls for. Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. This will take about 15-20 minutes. You just want the butter soft enough to mix up smooth with the sugar. Beat on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds to get a smooth creamy texture. This is the secret to light and fluffy cakes.


Adding The Eggs
Adding the Eggs

Step 8: Let’s Add the Eggs

Typically you add the eggs one at a time mixing well before adding another one. Doing this causes the cake to maintain its structure better. And again go by the recipe. Not all recipes require the eggs to be added one at a time.


Step 9: Combining Dry and Wet Ingredients

Combing Wet and Dry Ingredients
Combing Wet and Dry Ingredients

When it comes to dry and wet ingredients, typically you alternate between the two. You will add a little of the dry mixture followed by the wet (milk, juice) and mix. You alternate like this until they both are added and incorporated into the batter. Make sure you start with the flour and end with the flour. Mix well, but do not over mix.


Step 10: Pour Batter into Prepared Cake Pans

Pour Batter Into Pans
Pour Batter Into Pans

Pour the cake batter evenly into prepared cake pans using a silicone spatula and bake at temperature according to the recipe. Most of the time it is 30-40 minutes. Start out with the lowest time first, you can always increase the time if needed. You can check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it toothpick comes out clean, they are done. If there is any wetness on the toothpick, cook in increments of 5 minutes until done. This will keep you from overcooking the cake and drying it out.


Step 11: Cool the Cake Layers Before Frosting

Cool the Cakes
Cool the Cakes

Place cakes on a cooling rack(s) for 5 minutes, and then turn out on cake rack(s) to finish cooling. (About 60 minutes). To loosen the cakes from the side of the pan you bump the cake pan on the sides or run a knife around the edges. If you have a non-stick pan use a plastic knife so you won’t damage the pans.

Always frost or ice a cool cake! You don’t want your frosting to melt and run off of the cake!


Step 12: Frost a Cool Cake

Frost A Cool Cake
Frost A Cool Cake

Now comes the fun part! Make frosting or icing of your choice and frost the cake. Start by placing the top layer face down on your cake plate where the smoother side is facing up. Then you can place the cake plate on a rotating cake stand for easy frosting and decorating. Next, you want to put about 1/2 cup of the frosting on the first layer, then place the second layer with a smooth layer down (you are putting the smooth bottoms together).

Next, you want to put a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Don’t worry about how this looks right now. This is called a “crumb coat.” Then place the cake in your fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This will seal the crumbs in so they want get all in the frosting as you finish frosting the cake.

After the 30 minutes is up, finish frosting the cake. Start with a generous amount on top of the cake working down the sides all around the cake using an offset spatula. You can use circular motions to make a lovely design as you are going around the cake.

If you like you can add sprinkles to the top of your cake for decoration or whatever you like. You can also just leave it like it is with the beautiful swirls.

Follow this guide and you will not go wrong on making a cake. What are you waiting for? Get baking!🎂

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Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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6 Best Cake Mixers of 2021

Kitchen Aid Mixer
Kitchen Aid

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Hey, Y’all! Baking has become one of my favorite hobbies. I love having fun in the kitchen, playing with words, and creating my own recipes. Here are 6 of my best cake mixers of 2021.

Read about each one carefully and decide which one is best for your needs. You may not need one of the bigger mixers, it just depends on how much you bake and what you bake. So, before you purchase one of these stand mixers, check each one out.

Set back read and enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget your coffee.☕


#1 KitchenAid Classic KP26M1XER 6 Qt.

KitchenAid KP26M1XCE 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl
Copper Pearl

I absolutely love my KitchenAid and use it for just more than mixing up cakes, pies, and cookies. I use the dough hook for mixing up my biscuits and cornbread. Plus I have extra attachments for slicing, coarse shredding, and medium shredding. The KitchenAid has a lot more accessories that you can buy. So, really check this out before you make a decision.

FEATURES:

  • 10 different attachments
  • 6-quart stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle
  • Bowl-lift design
  • 10 different speeds, powerful enough for any task or recipe
  • Includes: burnished flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, wire whip.Electrical:60 Hz
  • Available in 22 awesome colors

#2 Aucma Stand Mixer 6.5-QT 660W

Blue

Is one of Amazon’s best sellers. It is very easy to use and meets all of your kitchen needs for mixing cakes, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and more. It has a 660W high-performance pure copper motor with lower noise.

FEATURES:

  • Powerful motor & variable speed control
  • 6.5Qt Large capacity bowl with handles
  • Tilt-Head & outside design
  • Comes with 3 mixing accessories: whisk, dough hook, mixing beater
  • Has a splash guard with access hatch helps add ingredients without making a mess
  • Available in 10 beautiful colors

#3 Cuisinart 50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

Cuisinart SM-50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer
Brushed Chrome, Silver Lining

This is a very nice mixer that has a large mixing bowl that can easily handle full and double batches. This mixer has the capacity to mix large batches of cookies, and large cakes. Need 5 batches of cookies? No worries, this mixer can handle it with no problem.

FEATURES:

  • Polished stainless steel 5.5 quart capacity
  • Powerful 500 watt motor with die cast meal construction
  • Tilt back head for easy access to bowl
  • 12 speeds for precision mixing
  • Chef’s whisk, dough hook, and flat mixing paddle, splash guard w/pour spout
  • Available in 12 lovely colors

#4 COOKLEE Stand Mixer, 9.5 Qt. 660W

COOKLEE Stand Mixer, 9.5 Qt. 660W
Pink Mixer

This mixer has a large enough capacity for mixing bread dough, thick batters, meringues, and whipping cream, plus lower speeds for stirring and finessing your most delicate concoctions. It also has a pulse setting for faster blitzing (a fancy word for chopping, or pureeing food all at once) of nuts, parsley, etc.

FEATURES:

  • 9.5 Quart high capacity stainless steel mixing bowl
  • 10 speeds to handle any size recipe
  • Easy clean up- all the attachments are dishwasher safe
  • Available in 5 colors

#5 Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer
Black

Another very nice mixer that it’s made to help you get the job done fast and efficiently. Capable of handling a variety of mixes and batters such as thick cookie dough, sticky bread dough, and even delicate meringues. It has the same mixing action as the KitchenAid stand mixers.

FEATURES:

  • Tilt-up head for adding ingredients and ease of changing attachments
  • Complete bowl coverage: No scraping necessary
  • Mix hands-free with excellent results every time
  • 300W powerful motor for mixing thick batters
  • 4-Quart stainless steel bowl
  • Dough hook, flat beater, whisk, splash guard
  • 7 speeds and includes a mixing guide
  • Available in 5 awesome colors

Dash Go Everyday Mixer
White

#6 Dash Go Everyday Mixer

If you are looking for a simple yet powerful mixer that doesn’t take up a lot of space, then take a look at this one. This compact mixer may be small, but it packs a powerful punch for mixing,  whipping, beating, or kneading with even, uniform results.

FEATURES:

  • Lightweight, portable and compact
  • 6 preset speeds
  • 2 dough hooks and 2 beaters
  • Revolving bowl can be adjusted for better mixing
  • Can be stored under your kitchen cabinets
  • Available in 9 pretty colors

Now that you are well informed on the 6 Best Cake Mixers of 2021, I’m confident that you will be able to pick out one that suits your needs.

You are well on your way to becoming an awesome baker. So, what are you waiting for, get baking!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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8 Things Bakers Wish They Knew When They Started Baking

Howdy, ya’ll, I am going to discuss with you 8 things bakers wish they knew when they started baking. Are you ready?

Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough

#1. You need a little extra dough.

When you are baking, there are instances when you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for. This is especially true when it comes to cookies. If you are making chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more dough than what the recipe calls for in order to make all of your cookies about the same size. If you use too much dough for your mold, just use the extra dough and make a few smaller cookies or roll it out and create your own cookie cutter shapes.


Woman Forgot Something On Her Shopping List
Forgot Something on Grocery List

#2. You will always forget something.

Yes, unfortunately you will always forget something you need for your recipe. As long as I have been baking I forget stuff all of the time! So frustrating. Luckily my hubby is kind enough to go to the store for me and get what I need. But the good news is you can always be getting other things ready for your baking. You know, like measuring your ingredients, getting your pans oiled and floured, pre-heating the oven, etc.


#3. You will need extra stuff.

Collection of Pans
Collection of Pans

If you bake a lot of cakes like I do, especially around the holidays, you will definitely need more than 2 round pans for sure. That way you can get your cakes done even faster. I got tired of baking 2 layers and having to wait for the pans I was using for the next cake. Long story short, I basically have 2 of ever kind of pan I use so that I don’t run into this problem. I also have 3 sets of measuring cups, 3 sets of measuring spoons, several spatulas. It just makes baking for me easier.


#4. Please follow the recipe in order!

Follow the Recipe
Follow the Recipe

Trust me when I tell you to do this! If it tells you to mix the dry ingredients first, PLEASE do that. If it tells you to add one egg at a time and mix well before adding the next egg, better do it or I promise you bad things will happen to your cake! Like, it want rise like it should, it will be heavy and dense, and it want be moist and delicious. I know this sounds crazy, but the recipe is in steps for a reason. Just do it, ok? You will be glad you did in the end. There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy on a cake to have it flop and you have to start all over again. Plus it is a huge waste of your supplies like flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc. you get the picture.


#5. Don’t open the oven!

The Sunken Cake
The Sunken Cake

Yep, you read that right. Don’t open the oven before the cake is done or it will sink in the middle. And you can’t fix that! Of course your kiddos will love it because they have a nice little unexpected snack. It’s always better to let it get done before you open the oven to avoid this mishap. Also, don’t let the kiddos run or stomp through the kitchen or it will make your cake sink in the middle as well. At least that’s what my mama always told me. And mama’s know best, right?🤔


#6. You will have lots of dirty dishes.

Dirty Dishes
Dirty Dishes

Yes, this is sooo true. But, luckily I have my hubby that is willing to help me clean up not only the dishes, but the kitchen. Let me tell you, I can make quiet a mess when I am baking, especially cakes. Give me flour and sugar and buddy it’s on. I just have to spill the flour and sugar when measuring them. My poor hubby went to the store for me (because of course I had forgotten something) and when he came back, he was like, “What in the world did you do?” There was flour from one side of my counter to the other! 😂 I said, “Well honey you know how I am with the flour and sugar, sorry!” Oh, I also get crap in the floor too.


#7. The cakes need to cool completely.

Cooling The Cakes
Cooling the Cakes

People, I promise you, you have to let the cake cool completely before you can apply the frosting or icing. It will run off if the cake is still the least bit warm. Guess who found out the hard way?😒 I know, live and learn I always say. Then I like to do a crumb coat, which is a thin layer of frosting, and put the cake in the fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This keeps all of those pesky crumbs out of your frosting. Then your cake will look wonderful.


#8. Don’t be hard on yourself.

If You Wait For Perfect You'll Never Get Anything Done!
If You Wait For Perfect…

Don’t be hard on yourself if you mess up. It’s ok. Just learn from your mistakes and keep on baking. I have been baking for years and still make mistakes. But guess what? The next time you will remember what you did wrong and correct it. Unfortunately that’s how we learn to be better bakers and become better at anything we do. We mess up, we learn and move on. So, enjoy baking and have fun with it!


I hope this helps you avoid some of the many mistakes I have made during my baking after all of these years.

I still make mistakes form time to time, but my love for baking outweighs the mistakes I have made and will continue to make. Like I said, just have fun with it and keep on baking.

Do you have any baking mistakes you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them. I wish I could find some pictures, but I can’t. I’m sure they are some where. If I find them I will share.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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5 cake pans YOU NEED for BAKING CAKES

Different Sized Pans

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Christmas and other holidays are just around the corner and I’m sure you’ll need to bake plenty of baked goodies to share with the people you love.

This is why I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite cake pans for baking cakes.

There’s something about making a delicious cake from scratch that makes me feel so accomplished. It’s such a great feeling to be able to provide for yourself and your loved ones. And one of the ways you can make your loved ones feel extra special is by making them a delicious cake.

I believe in making it special for them, instead of trying to make the most expensive cake ever. What’s more special than giving someone a homemade cake made with love?

So here are my top 5 cake pans for baking that you will find in my kitchen.

  1. Round Cake Pan– My #1 baking pan I prefer to use is the basic 9 inch round cake pan. Everyone needs a round cake pan. Baking cakes in a round cake pan is so much easier than a square, rectangular or other shaped pans. The most common size for this type of pan is 9 inches in diameter. However, there is a size for everybody. A larger, 14 inch round cake pan is a great choice for a standard layered birthday cake, and smaller 6 inch round pans are great for cupcakes and mini-cakes. Remember that round cake pans are not just for making cakes. They also work well with other baked desserts like cheesecakes and other deserts.
  2. Spring Form Pan – Spring Form Pans are an essential piece of equipment for the baker at home. These types of cake pans first became popular during the 1950’s because they were viewed as more convenient than traditional layer pans. They also happen to be perfect for making all types of cheesecakes.
  3. Bundt Cake Pan– The standard size for Bundt Cake is a 10-inch pan. This pan is great for making Pound Cakes and regular cakes if you just want one thick layer. They come in beautiful designs so you can create a spectacular cake for your events or just for fun.
  4. Angel Food Cake Pan Bakes a classic angel food cake with ease. It is a standard 10 inch-pan. I have one of these that I love and bake my pound cakes in it. Turns out beautiful every time.
  5. Square Cake Pan This is another pan that I love to have in my kitchen as part of my baking ensemble. Some people don’t like baking cakes in them, but I do just for something different. You almost always see round cakes, so occasionally I like to make square ones. They are a little harder to frost, but not that bad. I have 8-inch, 9.5 x 5-inch (this one is a loaf pan), and 9 x 13-inch.

So, there you have it my top 5 cake pans that I love to bake cakes and other sweets in. Of course, you don’t have to go out and buy them all at once. Start with my favorite, the 9-inch round cake pan. I use this one more than the others. You can get these in a set most of the time and that will save you some money.

Then you can gradually add the other pans as needed. Perhaps you could casually mention that you would like to have some cake pans for your birthday or perhaps Christmas.😊

Not busy this weekend? No? Girl, go buy yourself some cake pans and surprise your family or friends with one of my tasty cakes. Go ahead, you can do it!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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MY 5 Tips TO Moist Delicious Cakes

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Hey, y’all! Today I am going to share with you “My 5 Tips To Moist Delicious Cakes.” Yup, that’s right. Just like all your favorite recipes. Are you ready to find out what they are? Well, first of all, I am a lover of all things sweet. I just love desserts and treats. I have to say this is probably my favorite thing about baking and creating cakes and cupcakes.

Many people make the mistake of choosing a cake mix because it is “easier”. However, what they don’t realize is that cake mixes are full of preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients that will make your cake dense and dry.

Do you know why Sara Lee uses a cake mix for their cakes? The answer is simple: convenience. It takes longer to prepare a homemade cake or cupcakes than it does a store-bought cake. But homemade cakes and cupcakes are so much more enjoyable than store-bought ones.

The ones you buy from the bakeries, you don’t really know how long they have been frozen before they are thawed out and decorated.

“My 5 Tips To Moist Delicious Cakes”

  1. White Lily Unbleached Self-Rising Flour-I love this flour for all of my cakes except Pound Cake. It makes my cakes so light and fluffy.
  2. Borden’s Whole Buttermilk-Great for cake recipes gives a wonderful flavor to your cakes. If the recipe calls for sweet milk, use buttermilk instead.
  3. Canola Oil– Oil is known to make cakes moist and light by keeping the fat and moisture in the cakes. With Moist Delightful Cakes you will get that beautiful light finish that looks and tastes amazing.
  4. Check Your Oven Temperature-Another element to creating moist delicious cakes is checking your oven temperature. Ovens vary so much that it is important to check the temperature of your oven with an oven thermometer. Moist cakes are best baked at 350 F. Don’t over cook!
  5. Follow Recipe-This is as important as the ingredients you use in your cakes. Follow the recipe just as it instructs you to do. For example, if it tells you to add your eggs one at a time and mix well after each one, you need to do that. Speaking of eggs, I prefer to use brown eggs in my cakes.

FYI: Don’t over mix your cake batter, mix until ingredients are well incorporated.

If you follow the above tips, you will be on your way to making moist and delicious cakes for your family and friends. There is nothing like making cakes from scratch and rewarding your family and yourself with their tasty goodness.

Yes, it may take a little more time to make cakes, cookies, pies, etc. homemade, but the rewards far out way the time it takes. And really once you get the hang of it you will be glad you did.

How about this weekend you give it a try and make a cake right from scratch and see if you and your family don’t appreciate the soft moist deliciousness.🧁

I know you can do it! So, get baking!😊

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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What’s the Difference Between Frosting and Icing?

There is a very important distinction between frosting and icing. Many people think that they are one and the same. That is not true, and understanding the differences is a matter of taking a look at each ingredient.

Frosting and Icing are both essential when it comes to decorating cakes and cupcakes with beautiful designs. Many of you who follow Baking with Donna, might be wondering, what is the difference between Frosting and Icing?

The difference comes down to the consistency of the product. For instance, Frosting is thicker than Icing. So if you are using frosting to decorate a cake or cupcake, it will not run off the top of your creation like icing will.

Frosting and Icing use to be a topic of major confusion for me and others in the baking community. I know many people who call their frosting icing, and icing, frosting. I have also heard many people confused about the differences between the two.

The frosting is often used as a term that describes many different types of textured toppings that one puts on a cake. It should be in a consistency that is thick, but not so thick that it is overly difficult to spread over a cake. Also, frosting can be made from butter or shortening.

In terms of texture and style, frosting falls into different categories.

These include:

Swiss Meringue Buttercream– A classic frosting made with egg whites that are beaten until stiff and then mixed with butter and sugar.

American Buttercream– This frosting is made out of equal parts confectioner’s sugar and butter. It is often flavored with vanilla. But you can also make chocolate buttercream frosting as well. Delicious!😋

The thing about buttercream frosting is that it is so easy to use for decorating your cakes and cupcakes. It’s not too sweet and it’s very tasty.

Another favorite frosting of mine is Cream Cheese. Talk about yummy! Now, this is not really good for decorating. It is way too thick for that, but you can make a beautiful cake non the less.

Icing:

Chocolate Ganache– Is a very smooth texture with a satin finish and will give any cake you make a very elegant look. You can garnish with fresh fruit, sprinkles, or whatever you like to add a finishing touch. You only need 2 ingredients to create a beautiful icing.

Basic Powdered Sugar- This is a very easy one to make with only 3 ingredients that will give your baked goods just a little dash of sweetness for some added flavor. This icing is considered a wet icing because it does not dry hard. Take extra care if you package them up for transport. Excellent for cinnamon rolls.

It doesn’t matter which option you choose, you will soon be the talk of your family and friends with these delicious toppings.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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Hello, all of my friendly bakers! I’m here today to give you the techniques you need for baking a delicious homemade Pound Cake that you and your family will love. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned baker, this is for you.


I know many people freak out when they think about baking homemade, but it really is not that hard, I promise. Once you get the hang of it, you will be wondering why you haven’t been baking homemade all this time.

Homemade desserts are so much better, have a lot more flavor and your family and guest will be asking for more. You can count on that!

The thing about my pound cake recipe is that you can make so many flavors out of it just besides vanilla. For example chocolate, marbled pound cake, coconut, strawberry, peanut butter, and many more flavors.


I have been baking cakes, cookies, pies, and many other things since I was 12. So, I do have a few years of experience under my belt or apron should I say.😁 My delicious homemade pound cake. I can’t wait until you try it. It’s gonna make yo tongue slap yo brains out!


What do you say that we get down to business and I will share 10 techniques for delicious homemade Pound Cake with you.


Please be sure you follow these techniques so that you will have the best baking experience ever! I know this is going to seem like a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze!

  1. Get your mixer and the attachments that go with it. I suggest using the paddle for mixing up your cake. Go ahead and get your pan, you can use a Bundt pan or an Angel food cake pan.
  2. Grease and flour the pan using either Pam with the flour in it or Bakers Joy. I like Pam better.
  3. Get the Pound Cake recipe that I am going to give you for FREE at the end of this post.
  4. Gather the ingredients listed in the recipe.
  5. Get your measuring cup(s) and measuring spoon(s) that you are going to need.
  6. Measure out ALL ingredients as instructed in your recipe. FYI: I prefer to use the curved spatula to even out the ingredients in the measuring cups.
  7. Add the ingredients in the order they appear in your recipe and mix well. This is a very important step to ensure that your cake comes out beautifully and not a flop!
  8. Now pour the prepared mix into the pan (Your batter will be thick). Making sure you get it as even as you can. I usually just give it a few little shakes to spread it out.
  9. Bake at the recommended temperature in the recipe at recommended time. Don’t overcook!
  10. Check for doneness, I do this by inserting a toothpick in the thickest part of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s done. Cool on a cake rack for 5 minutes and then turn out on the cake rake and let it finishing cooling and enjoy!

Bam! You did it! You just made your first homemade pound cake! I am so proud of you! You go, girl!

I hope you have enjoyed 10 techniques for delicious homemade Pound Cake. I really had fun sharing this with you and would love to hear how the pound cake turned out for you. And I want pictures as well.😉

Here’s the recipe for Donna’s Homemade Pound Cake Enjoy!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🥮

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