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So these are not necessarily questions I get asked (ok … sometimes) but these are questions I often ask, so I figured there would be other bakers/cooks that do too.
Gas Mark to Centigrade/Fahrenheit conversion
|Gas Mark||Centigrade (°C)||Fahrenheit (°F)|
How much fondant do I need to cover my cake?
Wilton.com has a good table for approximate weight in ounces HERE.
How much cake mixture do I need for my tin?
The Cake Decorating Company has an excellent and very helpful chart HERE.
How much does 1 US Cup weigh?
American recipes generally use a volume measure known as a ‘Cup’ rather than a (more accurate) weight measurement. Unfortunately, because one is weight, and one is volume there is not a standard conversion. A cup of marshmallows is going to weigh less than a cup of sugar for example.
However, HERE is a handy converter for various different ingredients, but your best solution is to buy some measuring cups.
Grams/Ounces or Kilograms/Pounds
US/UK Liquid volumes
|1 fl oz||29.57 ml||28.41 ml|
|1 cup||16 fl oz||20 fl oz|
|1 cup||236.5 ml||284 ml|
|1 pint||473 ml||569 ml|
What is the UK equivalent of this ingredient?
I have been following US recipes for some time now, and there are a few ingredients that may sound unfamiliar to UK bakers. Here is a collection of handy equivalents. Sometimes they are the same thing under a different name, sometimes they are a similar product.
|Cornstarch||same as||Corn Flour|
|Light Corn Syrup||sub with||Golden Syrup|
|Molasses||same as||Dark Treacle|
|Sweet Chocolate||sub with||Milk Chocolate|
|Bittersweet/Semisweet Chocolate||sub with||Dark Chocolate|
|Sweet Butter||same as||Unsalted Butter|
|Peanut Oil||same as||Ground Nut oil|
|Canola Oil||sub with||Rapeseed Oil|
|Shortening||sub with||Vegetable lard (Trex)|
|Half and Half||sub with||Single Cream (or 50/50 cream & milk)|
|Heavy Cream||sub with||Whipping or Double cream|
|All purpose flour||same as||Plain flour|
|Cake flour||sub with||Plain flour (with 12% substituted for corn flour)|
|Baking Soda||same as||Bicarbonate of Soda|
|Kosher Salt||same as||Cooking salt|
|Confectioners Sugar||same as||Icing Sugar|
|Superfine Sugar||same as||Caster Sugar|
|Tomato Paste||same as||Tomato Puree|
|Cilantro||same as||Coriander Leaf|
|Green onions/Scallions||same as||Spring Onion|
|Chicory||same as||Curly Endive|
|Dill Pickle||same as||Pickled Baby Cucumber|
|Navy Beans||same as||Haricot Beans|
|Fava Beans||same as||Broad Beans|
|Canadian Bacon||sub with||Lean Bacon|
|Blood Sausage||same as||Black Pudding|
|Breakfast Links||same as||Sausage – the British Banger|
|Sausage||same as||Minced Pork or pork patty|
|Cool Whip||sub with||Birds Dream Topping|
|Ground Beef||same as||Minced Beef|
|Apple Cider||same as||Cloudy Apple Juice|
|Hard Cider||same as||Alcoholic Cider|
|Noodle||same as||Can sometimes be used to mean pasta|
|Fruit Crisps||same as||Fruit Crumble|
Another great place for ingredient explanations is The Cooks Thesaurus