There are two cake mixing methods when you’re not working with melted ingredients – the creaming method and the all in one method. Both have their advantages, the all in one mixture is quick and simple to make and the creaming method takes a bit longer. We’ve outlined the difference between the two methods below.
All in One
Just as the name says, the all in one method is simply where all the ingredients are mixed together at the same time. This is the quickest and easiest method and still gives really good results, especially for bakes such as cupcakes. As the butter and sugar are not creamed together at the beginning like with the creaming method (which creates air pockets and help your bake rise), your bake will therefore rely on the raising agents in your ingredients to get a nice risen, soft textured bake. Whilst you can still use butter with the all in one method, it has been said that margarine or low fat spreads work well with this method too. It’s important not to over mix your mixture when using the all in one mixture as this will lead to a dense, close textured cake. As soon as the mixture is smooth and fully mixed together, stop mixing!
The creaming method is most commonly used for bakes such as cakes, cupcakes and cookies. It involves beating together (or creaming) sugar and fat until they have formed a smooth, paste like texture and are light in colour. When the fat and sugar are creamed together air pockets form, which helps the bake to rise. A butter with a higher fat content is best used in this method (e.g. not a low fat spread) as more air pockets will form and you will get a more risen, softer bake. The eggs are then added one by one, it is important to add the eggs one by one and not too quickly otherwise your mix may curdle. When adding the eggs, remember to have the mixer speed on slow and then increase this slightly when you put the flour in (this will reduce the risk of curdling and improve your bake). The flour and any remaining ingredients such as flavouring are then added and the batter is mixed until all ingredients are combined and the batter is smooth.
When using either method it is important to have a scrape round of the bowl and then a final mix, even if you are using an electric mixer as bits at the bottom can still get missed.
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