tip one: several recipes in the book, such as ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: Golden Lemon Almond Cake (page 37), call for toasting nuts. my preferred shortcut is to use the same cake pan for the cake for toasting the nuts. when done, do not wash the pan, so traces of nut oil help the pan’s non-stick properties. my mother used to always tell me, never wash a cake pan the same day you are using it, she meant to say: too clean a cake pan sticks the most.
tip two: toothpick test? cake pick test? cake tester test? instant read “tip” thermometers are widely available nowadays, most inexpensive and accurate. instead of using the traditional cake tester test, use a “tip” thermometer instead. for most cakes, the temperature should register between 195 to 205 oF (or 147 to 160 oF for cheesecakes), when inserted on the middle of the cake without touching the cake pan.