Baking is an art and science and it takes a significant amount of practice, patience and persistence to master it. On our journey to becoming an expert baker, we all have gone through situations that have been no less than baking disasters.
Even after investing a lot of time and hard work into our work, the cake might turn out too tender, too tough, too dense or burnt. While all of these are common problems, there are some very simple ways in which you can avoid a baking disaster, and get the flawless cake you want:
#1 Ensure That All Of The Ingredients You Use Are At Room Temperature
This is a very important aspect of baking cakes. Ensure that all the ingredients such as butter, eggs and milk are at room temperature. Take these ingredients out of the refrigerator well ahead of time. If you have forgotten to do this, you can place the eggs for about 10 minutes in lukewarm water and microwave the butter for approximately 10 seconds. This will help in proper emulsification of the mixture. The cream is the only exception to this rule, and it needs to be used at refrigerator temperature in baking.
#2 Prepare The Baking Pans Well
One of the worst things you can do to cakes is to let them stick to the pan. Even if you have the fluffiest, lightest and perfectly moist cake, if it gets stuck to the tin, that is no less than a disaster. This is why, its best to use a pastry brush to butter your tin. Ensure that no corner or edge is left unbuttered. It’s also very important to dust the tin well with flour and tap out all the excessive amounts. If you like, you can also line the prepared tin using good parchment paper. Following these tips will help ensure that your cake does not stick to the pan.
#3 Follow The Right Mixing Technique
Making a perfect cake is also about mixing the batter correctly. It’s important that all the wet ingredients such as oil, butter etc. are mixed very well. This goes a long way in achieving a fluffy and light cake. When you are incorporating the dry ingredients with the wet ones, make sure that you don’t over-mix them; simply fold them in gently. That will only end up knocking out the air from the batter and will result in a very dense cake.
#4 Do Not Allow The Better To Rest After It Has Been Mixed
Once your cake batter is ready, it is important that you place it quickly in the preheated oven. As soon as the wet ingredients are exposed to the raising agents, they begin working. If you allow the batter to sit on the kitchen counter once you have prepared it, that will impact the fluffiness of the cake, and it will not rise perfectly.
#5 Position The Baking Pan Correctly And Make Sure That The Oven Door Is Closed At All Times
Ensure that you slide the baking tin to the middle of the baking tray and place the tray on the middle rack. That helps ensure even baking. Rotate the pans once you are halfway through the baking time. That is the only time you should be opening the oven door apart from when you finally take out the cake.
Last but not least, it’s important to be patient. After you have taken the cake out from the oven, let it cool entirely. If you try to handle the hot cake, that can cause it to break, because it’s very delicate. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a minimum of 15 minutes, after which you can de-mould it. Once you have removed it from the pan, place it on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes.
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