Nothing can beat a soft and spongy and home baked cake! As the smell of a freshly baked cake fills the house, many people can associate it with warmth and love! Cakes are for all occasions and can be paired with different things like coffee, ice cream etc. Baking a cake is not as easy as gorging on it. Cake baking can be a tricky task because an extra spoonful of butter or an additional pinch of baking powder can put all the efforts in vain. In baking even a slightest of mistake has no place. Since baking requires more accuracy and skill here are some handy baking tips for all undomestic goddesses!
Line up the ingredients: Before you begin baking, read the recipe and instructions carefully. Make sure that you have all the ingredients and tools handy.
Keep ingredients at room temperature: Always keep in mind that ingredients should be kept at room temperature especially butter and eggs (unless the recipe says something). Take out the butter and eggs from the refrigerator at least an hour before baking.
Measure it right: Correct quantity is very essential for baking. Too less or too much can spoil the cake. Measure your ingredients accurately and add them in the order specified. Also make sure that you level the measuring cup to get the exact quantity.
Grease the dish: Grease the cake tin with melted butter, vegetable oil or use a butter paper, parchment to prevent the dish from sticking to dish. Sprinkle some flour too.
Dust the nuts: Never add nuts directly to the batter as they will sink to the bottom. Dust them lightly in plain flour and then add them. If you are planning for nuts garnishing than add them after your cake is half way through baking.
Leave space: Don’t fill the tin till the top and always leave more than half the space for the batter to rise while baking.
Preheat the oven: It is very important to preheat your oven before placing the dish inside. Without the right temperature the dish will not bake properly and might not end up in the way it should be.
Check the cake: Never take out an undone cake always do the prick test. Insert a knife or toothpick into the cake. The knife or toothpick will come out clean in a well baked cake and if the batter sticks it means the cake is undercooked.
Let it cool: Don’t be impatient to eat. Let the cake cool down before taking it out from the tin as after cooling it will slide out of the tin. Insert a knife on the side to help loosen it a bit.