‘Baking is a science' - We have heard it a gazillion times and also believe it. Baking a perfect cake is an art only a few can master. Being a desserts aficionado is not enough; you need to have a hands-on experience and lots of practice to get it eventually right. Precision, accuracy and patience are the foremost things you need to take care of. Are you also trying and waiting to get your baking game on point? Do your cakes crumble, dry out or toughen? Well, these and many more problems are faced by novice bakers and it's completely normal. Perfection is gained by persistence. So, don't lose heart and don't give up. We will help you bake your dream cake with these dos and don'ts.
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Baking cake is an intricate process
Baking Tips To Make Perfect Cakes –
1. Choose The Right Flour
Every kind of flour has different amount of gluten that decides the strength and texture of the cake. For instance, if you want a light, airy cake, go for all-purpose flour. But, if you are looking for a firm or dense cake, bread flour should be your pick.
2. Use Fresh Ingredients
Old foods and over-ripened fruits may not ooze the exact flavour we want them to. Remind yourself to use fresh ingredients, especially baking powder and baking soda to obtain their potent binding and rising properties.
3. Measure Accurately
Baking is an intricate process. Make sure you follow the recipe to the T and use the exact proportions of ingredients like flour, sugar, water, milk, baking powder, starch etc. Your cake could be too dry or too soft because of improper measurements. Use measuring cups or weighing scale to get it right.
4. Mix Well
There must have been many times that you make a cake and it has hollow crests all over it. Then you end up covering those holes with frosting, which might not be your original idea of cake decoration. Isn't it better to prevent the holes in the first place? The best way to do it is my ensuring your cake batter is sufficiently mixed. Blend and whip the batter as efficiently as you can till you get a super smooth batter.
5. Know Your Oven
You should know the exact temperature and time of baking cake in an oven. Go for a vetted recipe or figure it out by trial and error method. Don't under-bake or over-bake and also remember to preheat the oven before placing the batter inside to bake.
6. Let It Cool
If you won't let your cake cool adequately, it might build cracks, melt the frosting or worse – it can collapse! After taking the cake out from the oven, let it sit on the cooling rack for at least an hour before decorating it.
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Beat your odds of making the best cake with the help of these smart baking tips and enjoy eating those perfectly moist cakes.