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Cake Baking Tips And Tricks

Baking your own cakes can be a rewarding and successful experience. This is a guide containing cake baking tips and tricks.


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Tip: Tip for a Moist Cake Every Time

Adding 1 tablespoon of honey to any cake batter keeps your cake moist. The honey draws moisture to the cake and it stays moist from first slice to last. You do not need to change any ingredients and it can be added to a box cake mix or a homemade cake.

Source: A master beekeeper in PA.

By Lisa from Alexandria, VA

Tip: Make Pan Liners from Paper Bags

When baking layer cakes, I cut pan liners out of brown paper bags. I lay the pan down on a bag and draw around it, then cut it out. If there is any printing on the bag, put it face down. This way, you never have to grease the pans or worry about the layers sticking and tearing.

After cooling 10 minutes in the pans, I run a butter knife around the edges to loosen, then turn the cake over onto my hand, peel off the paper, and turn the cake back over onto a cooling rack.

Source: my mother

By karenbuddy from Mobile, AL

Tip: Freeze Cakes Before Frosting

After baking a cake, put your cake pans in the freezer for an hour before frosting them. They will not crack and crumble when you put on the frosting.

    By Eileen H. [1]

    Tip: Bake Two Cake Layers with One Cake Pan

    Many times a cake recipe will tell you to use 2 round pans. I eliminate using 2 and use only 1 deep pan. Then when the cake is cool enough to handle I take a piece of sewing thread about 16" long and wrap it a finger on each hand. Then slowly start pulling it through the middle of the cake. Continue until the thread cuts through the cake completely. And now you have 2 cake rounds. Happy dividing!

    By Joesgirl

    Tip: Place Wet Towel Around a Cake Pan for Flatter Cakes

    Cut old towel the height of the cake pan and length of the circumference or perimeter of the pan. If the towel is thin, make it twice the height and fold in in half lengthwise. Before putting the cake batter in the pan, wet the towel strip and put it around the outside of the cake pan, pinning it in place with straight pins or safety pins. It will keep the edges from cooking sooner than the center and result in a flatter cake top for decorating.

    By Har'et from Lakewood, CA

    Tip: Baking Tips for Cakes, Icing and Cookies

    Eighteen frugal and time saving tips for baking cakes and cookies.

    • Add a pinch of baking powder to powdered sugar homemade icing. It will help it stay moist and not crack.
    • If you have time, freeze the layers of your cake before frosting. It makes your frosting job much easier and no crumbs.
    • Frosting will look more professional if you first frost with a think layer and let it set. Then apply a second coat of frosting.
    • After adding batter to your cake pans, tip slightly from side to side to level the dough and put a little on the sides of the pan. When the cake rises, it will make a flatter layer.
    • Form drop cookies by dropping them on a cookie sheet and then press them with the bottom of a water glass dipped in sugar.
    • Preserve the creamy texture of frozen cheesecake by thawing it in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
    • Dip your cookie cutter in slightly warm salad oil for a cleaner cut.
    • Quick frosting can be made by adding a little chocolate syrup to prepared whipped topping. (Cool Whip type)
    • Sprinkle powdered sugar on each layer of your cake before filling or frosting. This will keep the filling from soaking through the cake.
    • Uncooked spaghetti is great to use instead of toothpicks for holding a cake together while waiting for the icing to set.
    • Uncooked spaghetti works well to light birthday candles.
    • Substitute two egg whites stiffly beaten for each whole egg in a recipe for lower cholesterol.
    • Add a pinch of salt to the sugar and your icing won't become grainy.
    • Use cocoa instead of flour to "flour" your baking pans so your cakes and cookies won't have that floury look.
    • Trace the bottom of your baking pan onto waxed paper and cut it out. Use this in the bottom of the pan and grease the sides like normal. When the cake is done, it comes out easily and the paper can be removed while the cake is still warm.
    • Roll the dough directly onto a greased and floured cookie sheet, cut the cookies out then pick up the scrap for thinner crispier dough.
    • Cookies wills stay moist if a slice of bread is placed in the cookie jar.
    • A pinch of salt added to chocolate dishes enhances the flavor.

    Do you have any baking tips? Post them below.

    Tip: Use Wax Paper for Non-stick Cake Pans

    Trace the bottom of cake pan onto wax paper and cut out the circle. Cut wax paper strips the height of sides of your pan. Coat inside and bottom with oil (I use canola). Put wax paper circle and strips inside pan. Pour in cake batter and bake.

    When done, flip out cake onto cake plate. Do not let cake stay in cake pan and cool. Peel off wax paper slowly while cake is hot.

    This is an old bakers secret! Check out my previous tip for making your cakes level.

    Tip: Towels to Make Level Cakes

    Take old (low loop nap) towels. Cut them at two times the height of the side of your pan. Wet towel strips and pin to sides of pan. Use large safety pins.

    They will come out of oven browned. Just wash and reuse. The towels may burn some in oven but it will not affect smell or taste of the cake. They will not catch fire. I have never used in an oven any hotter than 350 degree F.

    You can buy the silver ones that you wet. I found these wear out faster and are really expensive. I also found that they do not come in the correct heights for my pans.

      By Carol T. [3]

      Tip: Use Pan Liner for Cake Baking

      I learned something very neat at my job the other day, since I work alone in the kitchen. I needed to make a cake and I did not want to stay to scrub this pan. I sprayed the pan with oil and placed a pan liner in the pan and then sprayed the liner with non stick oil as well.

      I was amazed at how well the cake came out without sticking to the pan! All I had to do was pull the paper out with the cake and the cake just slides off the paper! It was so cool I did not have to scrub the pan. It actually saved me time.

      By booboo kitty from Jacksonville, FL

      Tip: Tips For Baking a Flat, Even Cake

      This is in response to baking a flatter cake. All you have to do is either torte the mound off, torting means to cut the cake in several layers or just the top or in half horizontally (not up and down). Or just turn over with the cake bottom up after cooling about 10 minutes, you will have a perfectly flat cake all the time.

      If you do not want to use the wet rags around your cake pan, (this only works with round, square or oval pans, character pans have to many corners to put wet towels around), put a Pizza stone in the bottom of your oven.

      Try to keep it away from the pilot light, like putting it on risers. If you have an old oven, the pizza stone will help to keep an even temperature in an uneven oven.

      If you put a pizza stone in your oven and it breaks, leave it there and get another one, this will increase the chances of better - even temperature also.

      Source: This information comes from the years of baking cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, etc. and from teaching cake decorating.

      By Mary from Atascadero, CA

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      Here are questions related to Cake Baking Tips And Tricks.

      Question: Cake Rises Higher in Center

      Why does my cake rise higher in the middle?

      By Paula


      Most Recent Answer

      By Joan [13]04/29/2012

      I'm 72 years old and every cake I have baked in my life is always a little highter in the center. It has never made any difference to me. The same goes for everybody that I have ever known. Of course none of us are professional bakers, but the way I look at is if the texture is good and the cake tastes good why worry about it.

      Question: Boxed Cake Mix Failed to Rise

      I used a white cake mix and followed all directions to the 'T.' It would not rise. I then bought a yellow cake mix and it would not rise. Why oh why? I bought them at the same store. Could they be old? I have been using cake mixes for 30 years and never had this problem.

      By gg


      Most Recent Answer

      By AlidaB12/21/2014

      Hi, my daughter in law also had the same problem and asked if she could watch me bake and realized she was over beating the mixture. I don't do mixes but I know if you beat it too much once the baking powder is in, the baking powder won't rise.

      Question: Dusting a Cake With Powdered Sugar

      Will the powder sugar melt if I dust them the day before I want to serve the cake?

      By xueli from Malaysia

      Most Recent Answer

      By Abigail A. [6]10/15/2014

      In my experience it will melt and be sticky.
      Here's an idea, though- If you put a paper doily on the cakes before you dust them and remove it afterward (carefully) it will make a doily pattern on the cake.

      Question: Cake Glaze Got Hard

      I make a glaze that has to boil for 3 minutes and then you poke holes in the cake and drizzle over. What would cause the glaze to harden?

      By Kelly P.

      Question: Making a White Cake Using Whole Eggs

      Can I use whole eggs for a white cake mix? I am putting in half the batter.

      By Laurie from Cranston, RI

      Most Recent Answer

      By Tess Vowels [1]04/13/2014

      The yolks will give the cake a yellowish tint... stick to egg whites only!

      Question: Cakes Not Browning

      My cakes are not browning when I use three layers. How do I get them to brown without drying them out?

      By Tim

      Question: Cakes Baked from Scratch Are Dry

      I bake from scratch and my white and yellow cakes are always dry and my cupcakes are like biscuit consistency. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong? Any tips?

      By April

      Most Recent Answer

      By beckydurfee07/28/2013

      Use a mix.

      Question: Effects of Humidity on Baking Cakes

      I recently moved to Florida from Vermont and find the humidity makes the flour very heavy and in order to have my cakes rise better I have been sifting the flour at least 4x. Does humidity effect ones baking ?

      By Thelma S

      Question: Heart Shaped Cake Pan with Hole in the Middle

      I just picked up a heart shaped pan at an estate sale. The size looks like it would hold 1 box of cake mix, but it has a hole in the middle (6 inches) in diameter. What kind of pan is this?

      By Meryl R. from TN

      Question: Cake Stuck to Greased Paper Pan Liner

      Why did my cake stick to the greaseproof paper that I lined the tin with? Can anyone help me please? This happens every time I bake a cake, even though I grease the paper before I put the cake mixture in.

      By Susan C from Shrewsbury, England

      Most Recent Answer

      By cj [15]03/30/2012

      You should also flour the pan with flour or even with some of the dry cake mix (if using a mix - will keep bottom from turning white on chocolate cakes and other cakes other than white.

      Question: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      What is the easiest way to bake a cake without it sticking to the pan and spending all this time scrubbing the pan?

      By booboo kitty from Jacksonville, FL

      Most Recent Answer

      By Dianne Doornbosch [1]10/28/2009

      I got this hint from some ladies in a cake club who swear by this recipe that works like a charm & I never use those sprays anymore.

      Pan Release:
      1 cup Crisco Oil
      1 cup Crisco Shortening
      1 cup flour

      (I have also used no-name brands & they work well too.)
      Use equal amounts of each to make the amount you will want. Blend together and store in an airtight container & spread on your pans with a pastry brush.
      I personally use 1 cup of each & store the jar in the cupboard or fridge if the weather is too hot.
      *The first time my daughter tried this method, the cake came out so fast it ended up on the floor!!*..I have never had one stick and the pan washes easily. Hope this helps..Dianne

      Question: Pound Cake Came Out Dry

      My pound cake came out dry, although I used 7 eggs as the recipe called for. My oven cooks slowly and I had to leave it in 15 minutes beyond the recommend cooking time. Could this have caused the dryness?

      By EasyLikeSunday from Philadelphia, PA

      Most Recent Answer

      By LINDA ROLINSKI [21]10/16/2009

      Use 2-3 more eggs and use mayonnaise instead of oil. Also only cook it in the time alloted and remove it from the oven (as it will still continue to cook) or turn the oven off 10 minutes before the cooking time is finished.

      Question: Skillet Alternative

      I have a recipe that calls for baking a cake in a skillet. I don't have a skillet that I can put in the oven. Can I use a regular cake pan?

      Most Recent Answer

      By Laura Meller [6]10/28/2008

      Is it the handle melting,you are worried about? Just wrape the handle in foil first.I saw this on many, shows.

      Question: Cakes are Not Rising in the Center

      I have been baking for a home industries shop for 3 years now and lately my cakes are not rising properly in the center. They seem to rise nicely, then after 3/4 time has elapsed, they sink in the middle. I have changed my flour and baking powder, and reduced my oven temperature. I am now at a loss as to what to try next. Please can someone throw some light on this problem.

      Carolyn from South Africa

      Most Recent Answer

      By marcelle (Guest Post)02/14/2008

      You can try to add a little more flour .I have found that some recipes from the coastal towns don't rise and if you add a bit more flour it seems to help not too much or you will have to adjust the liquid as well in some cases.Also check if your raising agent is fresh as stale raising agent can cause cakes to flop too.


      Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

      Archive: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      My cake stuck to the pan. I greased and floured the pan (Wilton 9 inch round). I just started cake decorating class and thought baking would be the easy part, I guessed wrong. How do I stop the cake from sticking? Now I have a clumpy mess of cake so I will have to make a new one. Any hints or advise would be appreciated. Thanks.

      Janet from Ontario

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I found if I wait for about a minute before I try to "depan" the cake it's less likely to stick. (01/26/2009)

      By Glenn'sMom

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      After your cake comes out of the oven lay the hot pan onto a wet dishrag and let the cake cool completely before attempting to remove it from the pan. (01/26/2009)

      By theseamstress

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      You need to let it cool in the pan for about ten minutes before you take it out. If you leave it in too long, it will stick; but if you put it back in the oven briefly (to heat the pan), you should be able to get it back out.

      Another trick is to line the pan with foil or parchment (just the bottom if you use parchment), and grease and flour that. Then if it doesn't slide out, you can lift the foil out and peel it. (01/26/2009)

      By Jilson

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      Before putting the batter in the pan, make sure you lightly grease the pan (I've always used Crisco) and then lightly flour the pan. The key is lightly so you don't add extra grease or flour to the batter itself. This works every time. (01/26/2009)

      By me13

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I grease and flour the cake pans and I also cut two round pieces of parchment paper which I line the bottoms of the pans before I pour in the cake batter. (01/26/2009)


      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      The easiest way to be sure the cake won't stick is spray your pan with Pam cooking spray, not the Olive oil spray it does not work for baking. Once you have sprayed your pan just pour in your cake batter. You don't have to flour the pan it won't need it at all. Let your cake cool about 10 minutes before turning out of the pan. Works every time. I bake a lot. (01/26/2009)

      By Tiffany

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      The parchment and then letting them cool in the pans is the key. I let mine cool about 10 minutes. After they're cool, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze. They're easier to frost. A cake baker taught me this. Happy baking, and don't get discouraged. (01/27/2009)

      By keeper60

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I always line my cake pans with wax paper. Just trace an outline of the pan and cut out. I still grease and flour the pan. A nice trick for flouring is to use flour for light cakes and cocoa for dark ones. (01/28/2009)

      By piki viki

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I use a can of spray called Baker's Joy and have never had a problem with a cake sticking. Works great. (01/28/2009)

      By Joyce

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I have been making wedding cakes for many years and I also use the waxed paper rounds on the bottom. I also use the Pam Bakers Spray which has the flour in it. Spray the pans over the sink so it doesn't get all over everywhere, let the cakes cool on baker's rack. Then run a moist knife around the inside edge and flip over on the plate. Now peel off waxed paper and you have a clean, crumbless surface to frost. (01/28/2009).

      By Virginia Pride

      RE: Cakes Sticking to the Pan

      I also took a cake decorating class and was told to spray my pans and then put a paper towel (with no design imprint) in the bottom. When you get ready to dump your cake, all the crumbs stick to the paper towel. (02/05/2009)

      By L Ward