Classic Cakes

We eat cakes to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and almost any other holiday you can think of. But most home cooks think it’s easier to order a cake from a professional that it is to make their own. Cake making requires precision and careful attention to detail, but armed with the techniques and recipes you’ll learn in this course, you’ll be able to turn out bakery-style cakes—including ultimate chocolate cupcakes, authentic New York cheesecake, and classic layer cake—for any occasion.

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Core Equipment

The right tool can make or break a recipe. At America's Test Kitchen, we test kitchen equipment in search of brands that offer the best value and performance. Since we accept no advertising, our ratings are unbiased. Check out our recommended products for the equipment you'll need in this course.
  • Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup

    The unbeatable traditional version of the Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cup is back on the market. read more
  • All-Clad Non-Stick Roasting Rack

    The sturdy All-Clad has good handles in a convenient location and is large enough to hold two small chickens. read more
  • CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer

    Although this bulb-shaped thermometer felt awkward and cheaply made, and testers found it was too easy to hit the small buttons acci... read more
  • Wilton 9-inch Angled Spatula

    Offers great control when spreading batter or icing. Sleek, sturdy, and comfortable, this blade (4½ inches in length) was just about... read more
  • CIA Bakeware 12-Inch x 17-Inch Cooling Rack

    Fit perfectly inside a standard 18- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet, offering extra support with a central brace and six feet rather ... read more
  • Nordic Ware ­Naturals Nonstick 9-Inch Round Cake Pan

    Solidly built, with light gold nonstick coating, this pan produced tall, fluffy, level cakes. Layers shaped up perfectly, no matter ... read more
  • Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set

    Comfortable and accurate with long handles, this set nests nicely. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to s... read more
  • KitchenAid Pro Line Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer

    This powerful, smartly designed machine made quick work of large and small volumes of food. The bent tines of its whisk fit the bowl... read more

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