There’s nothing quite like a perfectly baked cake… although baking one that isn’t cracked, under cooked or over cooked isn’t always as simple as it seems. Thankfully, there are some really easy cake baking tips which will make sure your cakes come out perfect every single time.
Tip 1: Measure your flour correctly
Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then sweep the excess off with a knife. Better yet, wherever possible weigh your flour for more accurate results.
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Tip 2: Use room temperature eggs
Unless a recipe tells you to use cold eggs, always use room temperature eggs.
Tip 3: Rotate your pan
Two-thirds of the way through cooking, rotate your cake pan to ensure even cooking. Don’t do it any earlier though or your cake make collapse!
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Tip 4: Know your oven
Every oven is slightly different and some will run hotter or cooler than others. Get to know your oven and adjust the cooking time/temperature accordingly. A recipe will give you a good guide, but you will usually need to adjust it slightly to suit your individual oven. If you’re still confused, buy an oven thermometer to check.
Tip 5: Always preheat your oven
Popping a cake into an oven that hasn’t preheated to the correct temperature will affect the way it rises… and no-one wants that!
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Tip 6: Use the middle shelf
The best spot to cook your cake is on the middle shelf in your oven. This will help it to cook nice and evenly.
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Tip 7: Line your tin
Most recipes will tell you to line a cake tin with baking paper. I know it’s a little time consuming, but it really is a must! There’s nothing worse than putting so much time and effort into making a cake, only to have it stick to the edges or the bottom of the pan.
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Tip 8: Choose the correct sized pan
It may sound obvious but using the wrong size pan can spell disaster for your delicious cake! If your pan is too small, your mixture may overflow, and if it’s too big, it will overcook and end up flat. Ugh and no-one likes that happening!!
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Tip 9: Cool in the tin or out?
The best way to cool your cake will depend on the type of cake that it is. Dense cheesecakes, fruit cakes and mud cakes usually benefit from cooling completely in the tin. However, light sponge-type cakes need to be taken out of the pan and cooled on a wire rack after about 5-10 minutes to stop the sides from becoming soggy. Follow the recipe instructions to know what is best for your particular type of cake.
Tip 10: Don’t move an inch!
How many times have you frosted a cake only to have it slip and slide around the plate before you even get to serve it up?! Place a small amount of frosting onto your serving plate and spread it out slightly. Place the cake on top of the frosting to set it in place and then continue to frost the rest of the cake as you usually would. The frosting underneath will stop your cake from moving around.
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What cake baking tips can you add to these ones?