When something goes amiss in the kitchen, it’s important to understand what went wrong. When baking a cake, there are a lot of little things you can do to improve your odds of a winning finished product. Similarly, there are a lot of bad habits that can have equal influence on your recipe to negative effect. To help you on your quest to bake the perfect cake, here’s a breakdown of important dos and don’ts:
Always grease the pan and line with parchment
It’s insurance that your cake will slide out cleanly after cooling.
Allow the oven to fully preheat first
The cakes needs to bake at the right temperature, no shortcuts.
Bake in the centre of the oven (unless otherwise specified)
If it doesn’t specify otherwise, that’s how the recipe was designed. Changes will alter your results.
Bake in the size of pan specified
Otherwise you’re looking at uneven baking, which means an uneven cake.
Don’t try to double the recipe
Cake recipes are more complex than that. Source out a recipe for a larger volume instead.
Use fresh ingredients
Old ingredients taste bad, and old leaveners (like baking soda) simply don’t work.
With the exception of spices, don’t substitute ingredients. Especially ones that have structural impact.