Baking your own cakes can be a rewarding and successful experience. This is a guide containing cake baking tips and tricks.
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.
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By Lisa from Alexandria, VA
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.
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By karenbuddy from Mobile, AL
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.
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.
This is a guide about preventing cakes from sticking to a cake pan. It is extremely frustrating to spend the time baking a cake only to have it stick to the pan.
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.
When I bake a cake and take it out of the oven to cool, and give it plenty of time before taking it out of pan I find that the crust is way above the cake. I then have to pull the crust off of the top and flip the cake bottoms up to glaze. Even my pound cakes.
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I have baked pound cake many of times, but with a bundt pan. But this time the pans are square with no hole. How do I get it to bake in the middle without drying the outside of the cake? Please help soon. Thanks.
Use the recommended time and temperature in the recipe. It will turn out fine without any help.
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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.
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.
If the expiration date was past or close to expiring the leavening agent may have lost it's ability to help the cake rise. If any time you may be in doubt simply add a 1/2 tsp baking powder to the dry ingredients and mix dry with your mixer for about two minutes. then add your liquid ingredients and bake as usual. I've done this to many a mix that was well past the exp. date and have had very few failures. Best use for a failure is to crumble the cake into a pudding and pass it off as a parfait. Most people wont know the difference or care.
Will the powder sugar melt if I dust them the day before I want to serve the cake?
By xueli from Malaysia
Oh, and it's best to wait after the cake cools. :)
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.
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?
Here are some possible solutions:
You may be under- or over- beating your batter. Under-beating will cause coarseness.
It is possible your stove is too hot. You'll need to get a stove thermometer or borrow one to test the temperature of your oven for accuracy.
Be sure to measure water and oil exactly.
Check for doneness as soon as you suspect it might be done. Don't overbake. But let the minimum baking time elapse before opening the oven door.
Use the correct sized pan.
Bake them at a low temperature...around 170 degrees