The traditional way to tell if a cake is done. How do I know this? My grandmother did it. Not enough proof for you? I’ve got a cookbook (Ideal Cooking) published in 1902 that specifically says to test a cake, insert a broom straw. If the straw comes out clean the cake is done. If it’s sticky, keep on baking. My cake testers are about 6 inches in length, bound with wire and plaited with stalk or reed. Why so long? So you can test cornbread or muffins and not burn your fingertips! Even if you never break a piece off to use as a cake tester, it’s a wonderful, unique, functional decoration to add to your kitchen.
I’ve recently added a return policy to the cake tester brooms. Simply bring back the stub that’s left when you’ve used all the straws along with the last cake you tested… y’know, just to prove you used the broom as a cake tester… and I’ll give you a new one.
No one’s taken me up on the offer, yet, but I’m hopeful.
P.S. I really like carrot cake