When it comes to cakes, they are known for one universal effect- putting a smile on everyone’s face.
Caution: Baking is an unforgiving realm. Everything needs to be just perfect for baking, especially when it’s a cake.
If baking is what you find bliss in, you must be aware that it is an art necessitating great accuracy and attention to details. From cupcakes to cakes, each recipe is a unique mixture of ingredients requiring an eye for precision.
Keeping baking ethics in mind and the required austere consideration, here’s presenting the essential baking tips which, if kept in mind, can help you bake some absolutely amazing cakes and make your baking, sound and foolproof.
Follow these amazing baking tips and save yourself from failed baking experiments:
- Know Your Oven
Preheating the oven is imperative in baking. The instruction always asks for heating the oven in advance to create an optimum temperature for the cake. But most importantly, it is essential to know the function of your oven. If the recipe calls for 30 minutes of preheating, your oven may need longer or lesser as all the ovens are not equally calibrated.
- The Three Fold Test
The doneness of the cake can be tested in three ways.
One, the ‘Toothpick Test’. Here you insert the toothpick or the wooden skewer in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean with no batter stuck to it, your cake is done.
Two, the surface of the cake should be evenly golden brown throughout.
Three, touch the top of the cake with your fingertip and lightly press it. If the cake springs back, it is done.
- Good Baking Starts In A Mixing Bowl
Baking a good cake is a chemistry of various ingredients mixed in a specific order and exact proportion. Proper mixing is when the air is incorporated into the batter by whipping the eggs making the mixture voluminous and fluffy. The order of ingredients and method, as instructed, counts a lot while baking.
- Don’t Measure Flour, Weigh It!
If you don’t have a kitchen scale, fetch one! Little things like these might be stopping your cake from being the great one. Avoid blunders like measuring the flour as you cannot figure out how tightly or loosely the flour is packed into the cup. You might end up with varied quantity each time.
- Straight to the Oven
Once the cake is mixed appropriately, place it directly in the oven because the raising agents such as baking powder & baking soda begin to act soon after the cake is set to rest after mixing. For a proper rise, the mixture should be placed inside the oven, straightaway.
- Let the Cake Settle
To drive away air pockets, lift the pan filled with cake batter and drop it from over the height of one foot before placing it inside the oven. As aforementioned, don’t let the batter sit.
- Rotate the Pan After a While
For even cake browning and baking, make sure you rotate the pans after nearly two-third of the time has passed. If you are using two racks, it is better to switch the pans, instead and turn each one 180 degrees.
- The Upside Down Cooling
Let the cake cool off on the rack for 20 minutes. Once cooled, turn it upside down. This helps to flatten the rounded top of the cake. Especially if it’s a layer cake, stack one layer on top of the other. This would make the top layer even for placing other layers and frosting.
With these small yet crucially important lessons in mind, go on to bake the perfect cake and add smiles on everyone’s face.