unleavened – baked items that contain no leavening, also called flatbreads.
unmold – To remove a cake, candy, or other item from the pan or container that provides the item’s shape.
unsalted butter – Butter that is made with no salt added. Unsalted butter is recommended for baking because the amount of salt added in salted butter can vary from 1.5% to 2.5%. With unsalted butter you can control the amount of salt used in the baked product.
unsweetened chocolate – Also called bakers or baking chocolate, it is made from pure chocolate liquor with no added sugar, flavoring, or cocoa butter. Shop for unsweetened baking chocolate.
unsweetened cocoa – Cocoa butter is extracted from pure chocolate liquor, leaving dry cakes of cocoa. These cakes are ground to make cocoa powder. Unsweetened cocoa has no added sugar, flavoring, or cocoa butter, and has an acid base. If alkali is added to the cocoa powder, the acidity of the cocoa is neutralized its acidity along with enriching the flavor, and is known as Dutch-processed cocoa. Shop for unsweetened cocoa.
upside-down cake – a cake baked with fruit covering the bottom of the pan and normally a sugar mixture of butter and brown sugar that slightly caramelizes while baking. After the cake is baked it is inverted onto a serving plate so the fruit and sugar mixture is on top of the cake. See recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.