Baking When It's Hot!!!!

Decorating By asanchez Updated 24 Jun 2010 , 3:48pm by Karen421

asanchez Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 12:46pm
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Hello everyone!!!

When you have to bake and know that it will be 90 plus degrees outside and your air conditioner cannot tolerate too much, what do you do?

do you bake very early in the morning???

can you give me some pointers? thanks.

19 replies
yums Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 12:50pm
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We don't have an a/c. I just bake early in the morning or more often late at night.

nana_marta Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 12:52pm
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Ditto for me- either very early or late at night.

leah_s Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:01pm
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I'm a late night person, but my a/c works fine.

Marianna46 Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:05pm
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It's always hot here and my kitchen has no A/C, so I try to get my cakes in the oven as fast as I can and retreat to the air-conditioned part of the house with my oven timer and a cold drink!

pattigunter Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:18pm
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I'm an early morning person so I always bake on or before 5am anyway. But in South Louisiana the ac runs constantly anyway!

msthang1224 Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:22pm
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I bake early in am or wee hrs of the night. I'm gong through the same thing, my central a/c is not working right now, uuuggghhhhh.

Dizzymaiden Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:32pm
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Early Eary Early (yawn)! That means sometimes crawling out of bed at 4am. That is what time I had to be AT work at the bakery.

KHalstead Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:40pm
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I have no a/c and more often than not I have 20+ cakes to bake for the weekend's orders so I just try to get it all done in one day (bake the whole day) and deal with the heat and then hopefully things will cool off enough when it comes time to decorate. Often times I have to thicken my bc more with powdered sugar because it's so hot in here!!

I welcome the fall/winter seasons! I despise summer........I think there should be a new trend of Fall/winter weddings! lol Nothing worse than decorating a wedding cake with no a/c in 90+ degrees!

michel30014 Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:43pm
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I only have a window unit AC in our bedroom. The rest of the house is just HOT!! I usually do my baking at night. I personally can't do it in the mornings because I have to be to work by 8. I am not a morning person, so I would rather do my baking in the late evenings!!

asanchez Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 1:57pm
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thanks for all the great info!!!

I moved from FL about 2 years ago and still getting used to coming from a 2500 square feet house to an apartment in Brooklyn. I also have an air conditioner in the bedroom as my kitchen has no windows (can you believe it!!!).

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:12pm
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I remember one summer, I interned at a bakery that had no AC. It was SOOOOO hot there because the bakery ran 24 hours a day, so the ovens were always on. What we would do to help stay cool is we would run cool water on our arms, but not dry them off. We'd shake them so they weren't dripping, but let the cool water evaporate away. Really worked wonders!

leah_s Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:16pm
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Hey, asanchez, my kitchen has no windows either. But I designed it that way. My choice was a window or a cabinet. I would rather have the cabinet.

Marianna46 Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:16pm
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Hey, thanks for that one, Rose_N_Crantz! I'll be trying that one our starting today! You ARE some kind of awesome!

asanchez Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:20pm
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Leah, you have no windows in the kitchen also? now I'm beginning to feel better. I thought I was the only one!!!. One thing I have also is cabinets!!!.

Thanks for the support!!!.

JulieMN Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:23pm
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During the summer I bake very,early or very late.....during the coolest parts of the day....

TucsonGina Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 2:39pm
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I live in Arizona . . . you can literally put a cake on the sidewalk and it would bake! icon_cool.gif

ladyellam Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 3:14pm
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I ended up putting my big oven outside and building an outdoor kitchen. I couldn't stand one more summer having to sweat like a farm animal while I was cooking! Tucson was 109 yesterday and yes Gina, you could have baked that cake!

CookieMeister Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 3:31pm
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I don't have any problems with my AC keeping up. I'm big on living green though, so I try to do my baking late at night.

Speaking of green living, I was reading an article recently on a pizzeria that used some new technology to route the heat off the ovens to heat the water in the water heater. Pretty cool.

Karen421 Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 3:48pm
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Early morning baking for me - evening is garden time!

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