Baking can be a tricky business, especially when you don’t know why things go wrong when they do (it happens to us all!). We get asked a lot of baking questions in our cake and cupcake classes, so we have narrowed them down and here are our top 5 baking tips to help you get the best possible results – enjoy!
1) How to know when a cake is done?
There are a few ways to tell when a cake is done, such as; when you insert a knife it comes out clean, the cake is golden in colour and well risen and lastly it springs back when you touch the top. Our top tip is to do all 3 tests, just to be sure!
2) Don’t keep opening your oven to check on your cake.
Although it may be tempting to keep checking on your cake to see if it’s done, you mustn’t. Every time you open the oven door you let hot air out which if done several times will affect the rise and overall quality of your bake (and your cake will most likely have a dip in the middle). So put a timer on for when your cake should be cooked and only open the oven door then.
3) Get to know your own oven and use the temperature that’s right for it.
Although recipes will state an oven temperature it is important you know what works for your oven. If your cakes come out of the oven with a dome / volcano like top then this means your oven temperature is too high. You can either lower the temperature on your oven or put the cake on the middle / bottom shelf to help reduce the heat and get a more even bake.
4) Always scrape the mixing bowl.
Even if you have a fancy electric mixer, it is always good to have a scrape around the bowl before giving the cake batter a final mix. Ingredients often get missed at the bottom and sides of the bowl and will affect the quality of your bake if they are not mixed in properly.
5) Preparation is key.
It’s easy to get flustered when you have a complicated cake to make and decorate. And decorating the cake always takes longer than you think it will! Our top tip is to avoid last minute stress and do as much in advance as you possibly can. Most decorations made from sugarpaste / flower paste will last a good month. Decorations once made should be stored on a tray covered with a tea towel or in a cake box – not in a tupperware as they need air to help them set.
Happy Baking 🙂