Have you repeatedly failed at baking the perfect cake? I hear you! However, let me tell you that while cooking is an art, baking is science! You get the right material and you follow the formula and you will always have the desired results. Just take the following baking tips into account and you’ll be an expert in no time. I promise!
1. Follow The Recipe:
Choose the recipe that is from a reliable source and always look at the reviews. Most of the recipes at Food Network are quite good. Once you get the right recipe, you must follow it religiously and not skip any step. This will ensure a perfect cake on your kitchen counter. If you are short of any ingredient, just google as there might be a substitute for it.
2. Use Best Quality Products:
Most people will not consider this to be a big deal but in my seven years of cake baking and dealing with clients, I have learnt this for a fact that the quality of each ingredient significantly changes the overall taste and texture of the cake. Now, don’t get me wrong. By best quality I don’t mean the most expensive. Try your local products first, you might be surprised. If in doubt, always ask in the local baking Facebook groups. The baking community is extremely helpful.
3. Room Temperature Ingredients:
It is imperative to have all the ingredients at room temperature which is about 20C -25C. If you butter is too hard, it won’t blend well with sugar. If the milk is hot, it might cook the eggs in the recipe. Therefore, make sure all ingredients are at the normal temperature.
4. Measure Everything Precisely:
I am not the one who urges people to buy unnecessary gadgets and tools but this one is a must! You need to buy a good set of measuring cups and spoons. Like I mentioned earlier, baking is science. Which means you add in all the ingredients in the right amount and you can be sure of a positive result. Buy the ones that have grams/ml embossed as well.
5. Use Bake-even Strips or Towels:
This baking tip is particularly for those of you who are aiming to be a cake decorator. It’s crucial that you minimize the waste and have an evenly baked cake. When the heat is not evenly distributed, it causes a dome to form on the top and the sides are cooked more than the center of the cake. To avoid this, simply wrap bake-even strips or wet towel on the outside of the cake pan before putting it in the oven.
6. Allow Cooling Time:
Once out of the oven, allow the cake to cool down on the counter for at least 15 to 20 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack. Run a dry knife or spatula along the inside wall of the pan to loosen it from the sides prior to turning it over.
Viola! Your masterpiece is ready. Follow these baking tips every time to ensure a perfect result.
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