Cakes are popular with almost any age group. So if you’re thinking of baking something – maybe for a family gathering or a get-together with friends – cake should be number one on your list. However, even if it sometimes looks easy, baking a cake can be challenging. Sometimes, your cake does not come out the way you imagined it would. To prevent cake baking mishaps from happening, here are some tips you can follow.
1. Do not use cold eggs.
This is a common mistake because most of us get our eggs straight from the refrigerator when we’re baking. Using cold eggs will not allow your mixture to emulsify completely. Instead of cold eggs, use room temperature eggs. Or, you can take out the eggs from the ref at least an hour before you start baking.
2. Proper mixing is important.
If your cake mixture is over-mixed, your cake will have tunnels and holes when it comes out of the oven. You can always cover these with icing or cake decoration, but this is not really recommended. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you properly and completely mix the mixture before proceeding to the next step. You can mix manually, with a hand blender, or with a standing mixer. This is another reason why you need to use room temperature eggs and butter. I just started to use my new Oster ckstbrtw20 to mix and knead the dough. It’s been working great! If you own a bread machine, try it out.
3. Use ingredients stated in the recipe.
Use only the ingredients that are indicated in the recipe. In other words, do not use substitutes for the ingredients on the list. For example, it is never correct to use margarine instead of butter. You should not use bread flour in place of cake flour.
4. Follow instructions for baking the mixture.
Do not forget to line the pan with parchment and to use a baking brush for greasing it. Pre-heat the oven before you put the mixture inside. Then slowly place the baking pan inside the oven, making sure that it is position at the center of the oven. To avoid uneven cakes, use the correct size of baking pan for the mixture.