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Making a chocolate cake from scratch is always fun. While it isn’t difficult, a lot of people prefer to pick up a box from the local bakery. If you, however, love to bake and make your sweet desserts, then you should learn some of the secrets to making the perfect, moist and creamy chocolate cakes right there in your home kitchen.
While there are many recipes for making chocolate cake, it always pays to learn from experienced bakers to make your evening tea the best:
Use premium unsweetened cocoa powder
The best chocolate cakes have a deep, rich flavor depends on the quality of the cocoa powder that you use. Make sure that you use the best variety of cocoa powder that you can find in the bakery supply store. Don’t use the cocoa powder used for beverages and other stuff, ask for that used in cakes. Unsweetened cocoa powder makes it easy for you to correctly measure how much sugar you want to add to your cake. Look out for superfine cocoa powder or a premium natural brand that you can trust.
Shiny pans work best for baking chocolate cakes
Expert bakers swear that shiny pans bake better chocolate cakes than dark ones. This anomaly is because dark pans absorb a lot of the oven's heat and do not allow the cake to cook correctly. This heat issue is why some chocolate cakes come out dry, prematurely brown and hard-crusted. If you are worried about a shiny pan sticking to the dough, grease it properly, line with non-stick paper or dust it with some cocoa powder to ensure your cake comes out whole and cooks properly.
Measure exact portions of flour and sugar
Using too much sugar gives you a chocolate cake with a darkened crust. If you add too much flour to the cake mixture, the top of the cake will crack and make it come out unattractive. As much as possible, weigh out exact amounts of sugar and flour that you are using. If you don’t have a scale in the kitchen, get one or use precise volume measurements for accurate results. Do not ever wing it as you will end up with a chocolate cake that is either too dark or too hard.
Cream the butter and sugar properly
Here is another underrated step in making chocolate cake. The more time you spend beating the butter and sugar, the fluffier your cake will be. If your hands get tired quickly, buy yourself a mixer.
Consult your local baking supply store for the right tools for a perfect chocolate cake, and you'll be well along your way toward being the family and neighborhood cake boss.
After buying a gorgeous new house your old furniture can feel a bit… outdated and drab. Suddenly your favorite pieces are beaten up and shabby. And the ones you thought were okay are intolerable, eyesores.
If after your move a top-to-bottom redecorating project isn’t option right away, and for most of us it isn’t, you don’t need to feel stuck with unappealing furniture.
The truth is you just need some creativity and a few free weekends to dedicate to reworking your current pieces.
Start with the pieces that just need a facelift. Touch up scratched or scuffed paint and polish any hardware. Then experiment with their placement. Maybe the office bookcase looks better in the living room and the credenza is right at home in your bedroom. Being willing to experiment to find the most unique and best fit!
Reupholster chairs, stools or even your sofa for a whole new lease on life. If you’ve never reupholstered before start with a simple project like a chair before jumping into a more advanced one (like your couch). Choose a bold new color for a statement piece or fresh neutral for a crisp, clean feel.
Add new legs to a sofa, chair or table. And yes! You can change out the legs to a couch. Add thin modern legs to update an old couch or swap out a round shape for a square-one, or vice-versa. You can even DIY a new table altogether by installing your top of choice onto a set of legs.
You don’t always have to add to your furniture to make it look fresh and new. Sometimes it’s what you take away that counts. Experiment with removing hardware altogether from drawer pulls and doors from cabinets for an open shelf look. Try removing arms from a chair or the back altogether from a sofa. These last two are perfect to try if you’re already upholstering the furniture.
Add contact paper in your color or pattern of choice to update a glass top or particle board piece. There are so many options and in classy options. You can opt for faux marble print or just a sleek black. Metal furnishings can be freshened up with metallic spray paint in a new modern tone. Or go all in and refinish a natural wood piece after sanding.
Avoid dwarfing your apartment-sized furniture by arranging it away from the walls. This will create a feeling of spaciousness in the room. If you have an area rug large enough to do so arrange all of your furniture within its bounds. This makes a room feel more pulled together and will keep your furniture from slipping all over bare wooden floors.
When it is time to upgrade do so slowly over time and prioritize by its importance to your lifestyle. This could be a new mattress, couch or cool new rug. What will make the biggest difference to your lifestyle? Start there.
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