Cake Baking Tips And Tricks

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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, 2004

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!

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By Joesgirl

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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 kraftykaren from Mobile, AL

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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.

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May 27, 2005

Tips for making a cake. Post your ideas.

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April 25, 2004

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

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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, 2005

Tips for baking cakes. Post your ideas.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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, 2014

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, 2014

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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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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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, 2014

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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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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