It could be a simple pleasure for some people, or a complete disaster in the making for others. That is what baking usually brings up in the listeners minds. It cannot be helped. After all, there are some things that you need to know in order to bake a proper cake (or just any other dish that requires an oven).
But is baking really that difficult? Not exactly.
Fortunately, there are some pointers in baking that you can keep in mind as you mix that batter. As long as you follow them carefully, then it is possible for you to succeed in baking.
Here are some tips that you should remember:
Go for the Best. In baking, or just any form of cooking, you should always choose the best ingredients. Buy the best chocolate bars, fruits, flour, etc. You will see the difference once you are finished cooking.
Mind the Eggs. Remember to use only the freshest eggs. Cool the eggs inside the refrigerator, since they separate best in cold temperature. But when it comes to whisking eggs whites, you will need to put them at room temperature.
Be prepared. Just like any cooking, you need to have all the ingredients ready. Not only will this save you time, this will also help you make accurate measurements of each ingredient. You should also prepare the equipment needed in baking like the pans, the heat in the oven, etc.
Do them right. Keep all the ingredients at room temperature. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and ground spices through a fine mesh to remove lumps. Slice butter into smaller pieces to speed up softening. When adding fruits, throw them in last to prevent color bleeding.
Strike while it is hot. Heat the oven a couple of minutes before you place your batter inside to baking temperature. Also, be generous in greasing your pan to prevent the batter from sticking. If you are baking more than one pan, make sure they do not touch each other or the oven itself.
All done. Put a toothpick in the cake while baking to check if it is done. Also, let the cake cool in the pan for about ten minutes before removing it. Loosen the sides of the cake and then invert the pan onto the cooling rack. After removal, let it cool for one more hour before decorating.
Stay frosty. Refrigerate the cake between filling and frosting. The filling will harden and making the frosting job much easier. Also, try putting a thin layer of frosting on the cake, and then refrigerate it before putting the final layer. This makes decorating simpler and prevents crumbs from falling off.