So I made my first homemade cake, bc and MMF about 4 months ago. I'm having so much fun, strictly hobbyist! I found a yellow cake recipe that my fam and friends love but I want to try soooo many things I see on cc! I was just curious to see what everybodys kitchen staples are. I have my fav "tools" for decorating but when I look at new recipes I think " dang I wish I had some....". Are there any flavorings or staples that a hobby cake baker should not be without when experimenting with new recipes? TIA!!
It's been a long time since I looked at a recipe for a baked good and thought, "I wish I had some..."
Here's what I keep on hand all the time, other than the basics like eggs and flour:
Sugar-brown, white, and powdered
Extracts-vanilla, almond, lemon
Yeast (not a cake thing, but I make bread and rolls too)
All of what Texas_Rose listed plus:
double acting baking powder (keep an eye on the expiration date)
powdered buttermilk (also as an expiration date)
nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
cloves (ground and whole)
Phyllo (in the freezer)
additional extracts like rum, lemon, etc.
graham cracker crumbs
Good grief, no wonder I feel like I can't fit anything in my cabinets!
Well so far I'm doing better than I thought. I need to branch out on my flavor extracts. As far as the chocolate chips, I have to hide those or the kids and hubby will tear them up before they ever see a cake!!
LOL I have to hide my chocolate chips too - mostly from my hubby though.
I agree with all of the above and the only thing I can add is powdered coffee creamer. I use SugarShack's buttercream recipe and I make a lot of it. I usually buy the bulk size CoffeeMate.
Oh, and miniature marshmallows for making MMF! ( I have to hide those too - from the kids!!)
Lucky for me, my kids are sick of mini marshmallows!!
I keep a separate area that is strictly for caking, and everyone knows they better keep away. I also keep goodies in their area so they are constantly begging for the caking stuff.
The above lists are perfect. The only thing I could add is to keep more powdered sugar than you think you'll need - I'm constantly running out of it. The first time my OH and I went grocery shopping "together" he thought I was INSANE for tossing 10lbs into the cart. Yeah, blew through that for one moderate-sized cake between the buttercream & MMF.
Hide your chocolate chips in the back of the freezer.
OOOOHHH!! Great idea...hiding choco chips in the freezer! I have the powedered sugar part covered, literally! I have a big airtight storage container for sifted ps and then extra bags are loaded in my pantry! I used commercial fondant for the first time the other day and it worked so well that I am leaning a little towards using it more because my mmf is hit or miss. I think that may be more costly though!