Just Ask Mo Custom Cakes

Monique, owner/designer of Just Ask Mo Custom Cakes founded her wonderful bakery because she knows how difficult it is to find customized cakes that are beautiful and can meet the specific allergy needs of kids and families. Her son had to deal with multiple allergies as a young child, so she became a “mom on a mission.”

For the past 10 years, Just Ask Mo Custom Cakes has played a part in many happy celebrations throughout the D.C. area! Monique’s love of baking comes from being in a family of wonderful cooks and a creative curiosity of all things sweet.

People ask Monique all the time how she gets her cakes to look so impressive. Lucky for us, she’s sharing her 10 favorite tops for getting professional results at home!

1.    Assemble all ingredients before you start baking. Measure everything, and have items at room temperature or as stated in the recipe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to put something in the batter.

2.    Preheat your oven, and check temperature with an oven thermometer. This is probably the one item that is overlooked if your cakes aren’t baking properly.

3.    Don’t overmix your batter. Mix your cake batter only for the time stated in the recipe. Overmixing makes the cake tough and heavy; light and fluffy is what you want.

4.    For cupcakes or muffins, fill your muffin pans only 1/2 to 2/3 full to get that pretty domed top.

5.    Baking strips are the best! You pre-soak them in water and then secure around the outside of the pan to get level cakes.

6.    Don’t open the oven to peek once the cake is in the oven. Opening the oven while the cake is baking doesn’t keep the temperature consistent, and you risk the cake’s falling.

7.    Don’t jump around or drop something heavy near the oven or your cakes will fall. I have a young son who is banned from the kitchen when I’m baking. Enough said!

8.    I use waxed or parchment paper on the cooling racks so the cooling cakes don’t stick.

9.    Cool your cakes COMPLETELY before attempting to decorate them. Don’t try to rush this, or you’ll have a mess.

10.   Don’t be afraid to experiment with recipes. There are tons of recipes online. One of my favorite cooking sites is www.tastespotting.com. It’s an addicting site, so be ready to spend some time there.

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