This lockdown has made us all bakers. From baking on birthdays to stress baking, baking has certainly been getting a lot of time and attention off late. If you relate to this, then you also know that no heart break is as painful as a cake that has turned out bad. Be it its shape, size, taste or density, a poorly baked cake can make one’s mood swing from a chirpy baker to an agitated one real quick! If you are someone who loves to bake but are not as good at it as you would like to be then these are a few common baking mistakes you might be making and ways to avoid them!
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A mistake that most of the beginners make while baking is that they mix their batter way too much. Over whisking may seem like you are giving love to your cake but in reality you are actually making way for a chewy, dense and a weak cake. You need to fold the batter just till the ingredients combine, lumps are gone but not more than that otherwise all the air will escape.
Fidgeting With The Oven
Repeat after me- once the cake is in, I will not be paranoid and keep opening the oven and checking! We preheat the oven before putting the cake in to ensure that when the cake sits in the oven it is faced with the perfect temperature. Opening the oven over and over again will make the heat escape. What you can do instead is take a look from outside and if you feel your cake is baked, open the oven, take the cake out and use a toothpick to check. If it isn’t cooked, preheat again and put the cake back in for a few more minutes.
You Aren’t Taking Sifting seriously
Might seem trivial but sifting is an extremely essential step. Sifting the dry ingredients will break down the larger particles and help maintain the consistency. This step will also incorporate air in your batter and make it fluffy. Sometimes, the cake can end up sinking in the centre if the dry ingredients haven’t been sifted well.
Frosting When The Cake/Cupcake Is Still Warm
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The first rule in baking is to be patient. Waiting for a cake that has been baked to cool down can be very frustrating. However, you must be careful that the cake must completely cool down before you put the frosting. Otherwise, the frosting will lose its consistency and structure. The frosting might even melt. Thus, it is even recommended to let your cake sit in the refrigerator after it has come down to room temperature if you want to avoid unflattering frosting.
Taking Measurements Lightly
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Baking is as much of a science as it is an art. What happens with our daily food items is that we can taste it while we are preparing and if we feel some ingredients are less, we add it. However, with a cake that is not the case. The batter is made, cake is baked and then you can do nothing about it. So, your best shot at getting a perfect cake is to take the measurements seriously. Adding too much of baking soda or baking powder may make your cake bitter, similarly adding too much vanilla essence will leave a bad aftertaste. Too much sugar will destroy the structure of the cake and too less sugar will lead to a tasteless sponge! Better safe than sorry don’t you think?
Ensure you don’t repeat these mistakes and your cakes will never fail you! Stay tuned to Her Zindagi for more such content!