Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clive's Tips - Tip #2

First of all Clive wanted me to pass on his top 5 favourite movies of all time:

1. Bambi - I think that is self explanatory.
2. The Thin Red Line - get it?
3. Open Season - again with a deer as the main character.
4. Snow White - lots of lovely forest folk.
5. Notting Hill - he is a hopeless romantic after all.


So now that we have got that out of the way it is time to pass on Clive's wealth of knowledge with you all. Did you know that Clive has baking since he was 4 years old? Now at the mature of age 21 he has decided to share his baking wisdom of 17 years in order to help all aspiring bakers out in the blogosphere.

Whisk your dry ingredients together before adding to the wet ingredients.

By doing this you minimise the amount of stirring needed to properly combine the dry ingredients, therefore reducing the risk of over mixing and losing all of the air from your batter. You also ensure that each of the dry ingredients is distributed evenly in the batter, instead of having small pockets of cocoa powder as an example.

23 comments:

Miss Dot said...

Oooo! Duly noted, Clive! Thanks for the tip :)

Christy said...

Well I'll be. Never thought of that!

BUT.. the real reason I stopped by was a cupcake question that maybe you or one of your loyal readers may know the answer to.

Why, once the cupcakes are all cooked, iced and decorated, to the papers start to lift. They don't look pretty anymore? Am I doing something wrong? By lift, I mean come away from the sides of the cake.

Any suggestions??

Kat said...

Great tip Clive!

Running for a Cause said...

Great tip Clive

Gabbi said...

Wonderful tip dear Clive. I totally used the egg tip while making my oatmeal cookies the other day and it worked and I also did the mixing the dry first this time too... seriously, such a useful blog!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Christy - could be a few things. I have only had this happen to myself once and I believe it was because my cupcakes were too moist. So as a first point make sure that you do not underbake the cupcakes. Secondly make sure you only leave the cupcakes in the muffin tin for 5 minutes to cool and then move to a cooling rack, otherwise moisture will build up in the muffin tin. And make sure they are completely cooled before storing in a container otherwise condensation will build up and make the cupcakes moist, and the papers may pull away. Hope that helps.

If anyone else knows any tips for this feel free to let us know :)

Miss Dot said...

P.S. -- just wanted to stop by and let you know I left a little award for you on my blog :)

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Miss Dot - Thank you!

Christy said...

Ahhh, that makes sense, they are often very moist! Undercooked!!
You are brilliant.

cookies and cups said...

Yes, this is a good tip. I have been doing this for a while now and it works, and sometimes when I am really lazy I whisk instead of sift...I know, gasp!
Also, tried your egg cracking tip...thank you...brilliant!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from Miss Dot to say hi! Great tip!

Chatterbox said...

That's a great tip that I never knew about.

Thanks for sharing Alicia.

Cheers!!

boots said...

hey sweetie! i need your help- i got a bread maker and ant to whip up something delicious- your the first girl i thought of that may have a killer recipe. Point me in the right direction would you? thanks !!!

Shannon @bakeandbloom.com said...

Clive is such a clever fellow!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

boots - I don't actually have any bread maker recipes, but you could try http://www.bread-maker.net/Bread-maker/Bread-maker-recipes-list.htm

Hope that helps :)

Amanda said...

I love the simplicity of this tip series. It's so cute.

One question: What program/tools do you use for your Clive illustrations?

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Amanda - first a draw a pencil sketch, then trace with a 0.5mm felt tip pen, then I scan into Photoshop to paint. Hope that helps :)

emma wallace said...

How cute! Thank you, Clive for your wisdom. I like Notting Hill too. And Bambi except for that one part.
So looking forward to your Christmas posts!

P.S. I just nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award! After reading through your comments I see you just won another. Hehe! iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Awesome. I love the illustrations and lettering. I'm glad you are doing more of it these days.

drollgirl said...

ack! i never thought to do this, but it makes perfect sense!!!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

emma wallace - thank you so much!

Elissa said...

Thank you Clive! I never knew that but it makes sense and yes I am guilty of those pockets....

Chantel said...

Great tip Clive! I heard this tip the other day ironically - can be used instead of sifting as well :)

Also, I tried your egg cracking on the bench tip this week - worked a treat!! Thanks for your tips, keep them coming!!