4. The most common tool for testing a cake for doneness is a wooden toothpick. If the toothpick is inserted in the cake and it comes out clean, the cake is done. But I also like a cake tester, a thin wire skewer that is specific for this job. Store the tester where you can find it easily.
The above tips were excerpted with permission from Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends by Kathleen King ($24.95), which features more than 120 recipes for delicious baked goods, from muffins and scones to a sinfully yummy Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Mocha Frosting.