The other day I mentioned how I finally bought Evenbake Cake Strips and I was anxious to see if they helped at all.
The Verdict: Eh… not too impressed. I think it did help the cake from making a huge dome, but the sides kind of curled up.
I left the cakes in the oven about 2 minutes longer than they should have been which I think contributed to the cracking on top.
The strips themselves also seemed like they were burning and I shouldn’t have left them in much longer. The directions say to saturate them in water before putting them in the oven, which I did, but maybe not enough. I did squeeze out some of the water so it wouldn’t be a drippy mess.
In the end, I will use them again, maybe leave them a little wetter and make sure to not over cook my cake.
Can I tell you how much I love these measuring cups and spoons in odd sizes… they make baking so much easier. I had wanted them for so long but put off buying them because I didn’t think I would really use them that much. I have been using the measuring cups on a weekly basis- especially the 3/4 and 2/3 cups ones- I didn’t realize how many recipes called for those measurements!
All-Clad Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons in Odd Sizes at Williams Sonoma
Sometimes I wish I won a $10,000 shopping spree to Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table, but that will never happen, so, if I had an extra $100 bucks laying around, here is what I would buy:
Ramekins… so I can make souffles all day long.
Cookie Cutters with square and round edges… to make biscuits and cookies in pretty shapes.
Cake strips… so that my cakes bake evenly.
A knife sharpener… because my knives have not been sharpened in many years, which is very, very bad.
And of course, all 80,000 cookbooks that are in my Amazon wish list. Sigh.
I already have a KitchenAid mixer but it was my mother’s, which means it is over 20 years old. It is still holding up great though, except that the dough hook is MIA.
KitchenAid 5 Quart Mixer:
Or I could just buy a dough hook and keep on using my current KitchenAid:
Silpat baking mats in various sizes. I have never baked with them but I have a feeling they will change my life when they do. Until that life changing day, parchment paper will do.
A Cuisinart 14 cup food processor because I currently have a 5 cup Cuisinart and it is just too darn small to do anything with.
A cake stand. My life will be complete when I have one.
I nearly screamed when I saw these measuring cups in odd sizes at Williams-Sonoma. It would make baking so much easier to have a 2/3 cup or 3/4 cup handy.
And finally (for this post at least, there is plenty more I want) I am burning to get a Le Creuset Dutch oven. No other brand will do, even though I am so tempted to get the Giada brand that Target is now carrying.
I need new flatware. My trusty Target flatware is starting to lose its finish.
I really like the style so maybe I will upgrade to this Williams-Sonoma version?
What I really need to do is just invest in some basic sterling silver flatware that will last for years to come…
I like this set from Crate + Barrel, probably because it looks like bamboo:
The sensible thing would be to snatch up a set for super cheap at an estate sale or from eBay, but I am weird and used flatware would gross me out.
What flatware do you use?