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Cake Baking Tips And Tricks

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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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By 9 found this helpful
September 14, 2010

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

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May 17, 20043 found this helpful

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

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By 8 found this helpful
September 7, 2010

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.

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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 kraftykaren from Mobile, AL

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May 21, 2008

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.

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By Har'et from Lakewood, CA

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May 27, 20051 found this helpful

Tips for making a cake. Post your ideas.

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April 25, 20041 found this helpful

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

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By 4 found this helpful
January 12, 2015

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.

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June 13, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for baking cakes. Post your ideas.

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June 3, 2008

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).

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May 12, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 14, 2014

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.

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January 31, 2008

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.

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Carolyn from South Africa

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January 31, 20080 found this helpful

If your cakes were baked in the same oven and you
used same recipes before and they turned out all right
(before you switched flour, etc), sounds like element is going out and maybe cooking unevenly, if it's electric.
If it's gas/propane, that shouldn't change unless little jets are clogged with carbon and need scraping with something. Were you cooking on same stove?

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January 31, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with PIKKA, it sounds like your oven isn't heating evenly. I don't know about electric or convection ovens, but I do know that gas ovens clog and need to be cleaned out.

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This is a messy, somewhat difficult job. Call a repairman.

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February 1, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you to both PIKKA and Perfumed fan. I actually have 2 ovens in which I bake (as it is my business), both electric, and it is happening in both of them. I cannot for the life of me understand what is happening. My cakes were ever so slightly rounded on the top and now the opposite is happening. Anyway, thank you for your suggestions. I will have them checked out.

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February 1, 20080 found this helpful

Grandmas old trick was to hollow the centre of the cake out slightly might be worth trying sounds as if the element is faulty and is not cooking evenly one advantage with the fan bake style even temperature on all levels.

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I think before you call a repairman, try going back to your original flour and baking powder (and baking temp) and see if it may be them. I know it does make a difference in flours and the baking powder may not be good (even tho you may have just bought it).

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By Food4Fun (Guest Post)
February 4, 20080 found this helpful

If your cakes are not rising, in the middle, it is one of two things. One, the rising/leven agent may be bad in your mix. Test your mix by adding a tablespoon of mix to a tablespoon of vineger, if it bubbles or foams it is ok. Second, most likely it is the thermostate or temperature control in your over is not right.

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The oven, both gas and electric, may need to be calibrated as well as the jets may need to be clean on a gas oven. Call your local repairman for service or check your manual to see if it tells you how to do the job. Both jobs are easy to do.

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By Kay (Guest Post)
February 5, 20080 found this helpful

It is rather curious why this is happening. Try using a cake tin with a hole in the centre and see what happens. Also check the seals around the oven door, maybe they have been damaged and letting in cool air? Good luck, Kay from country NSW OZ

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February 6, 20080 found this helpful

Dear Carolyn,
I agree that the oven is not working properly. If you have changed the flour, baking powder, etc, it has got to be the oven that has gone bad. Heck, you are a chef, if your cakes don't rise, you are not to blame, your range is the culprit!

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you to all who responded. I found the problem. EGGS! I have my own chickens as we live on a farm. I changed their feed a while ago and they produced smaller and inferior eggs without me really noticing. Needless to say, have gone back to the original feed and whalla - cakes are perfect once again. Hope this might help anyone with the same problem.

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By marcelle (Guest Post)
February 14, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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August 5, 2008

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?

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, just be and check the last few minutes to make sure it wont burn. Cast iron holds heat a little differently that regular bakeware. Good luck!

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

What about a iron skillet or even a skillet you have in which you could unscrew the handle from and take off to use in the oven that might work?

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By siris (Guest Post)
August 5, 20080 found this helpful

Is it possible that your meant to bake your cake on top of the stove? Heavy tri-ply skillets work very well for that.

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

You could remove the handles (ones with screws in them) from your pans to use in your oven. Then put them back on when finished with it.

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By Tedebear (Guest Post)
August 5, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Judy, I bake one layer cakes in a frying pan on the stove. Maybe that is what the recipe is asking you to do.

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By Mairmie (Guest Post)
August 6, 20080 found this helpful

What Judy wants to know is: Can she bake the cake in a regular cake pan instead of a skillet. The simple straightforward answer is "YES!"

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

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

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By 0 found this helpful
July 6, 2009

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 Pamela from Philadelphia, PA

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

I would guess you're probably right.

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

Yes. If you leave any cake in the oven until it is set and firm, it will always be drier. Check your oven temperature with an oven themometer (sp?) and cook only for the time listed on the receipe. The cake continues to cook as it cools down.

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

To save it rather then chucking it. Make trifle with it or serve it with berries and whipped cream (like strawberry shortcake). Turn your dry cake into a delicious dessert! Depending on how dry and dense the pound cake is, you could dip slices in egg/milk and pan fry and serve with powdered sugar (like French toast only cakier)

It could also be your elevation; higher elevations usually need longer cooking times while lower elevations shorter. You may want to see what the elevation is/was where the recipe originated from. If you don't know, set the timer 5 minutes earlier than suggested and prick with a toothpick or a small bamboo skewer in the centre/highest point(s). If it comes out with batter on it, it needs to cook longer. If it comes out clean, maybe a couple of crumbs, take it out of the oven, it is pretty much done!

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By 0 found this helpful
July 27, 2013

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 Herring J.

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November 16, 20140 found this helpful

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

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October 13, 20140 found this helpful

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

By xueli from Malaysia

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By 0 found this helpful
August 12, 2016

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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By 0 found this helpful
March 9, 2016

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.

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January 28, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 17, 2015

I have a NordicWare fluted bundt muffin pan; and it sticks so badly it tear sthe muffins up when trying to get them out. I know I can use the baking cups, but then I don't get the pretty formation of the pan's muffins. I tried spraying with Pam the last time I used it, but it is as if I used nothing. I have not used the pan for awhile because my beloved hubby passed away and I haven't had the heart to cook for a long time.

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March 30, 20120 found this helpful

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

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January 19, 20140 found this helpful

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

By Tim

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May 29, 20130 found this helpful

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

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May 11, 20130 found this helpful

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

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