With modern, professional equipment and access to high quality ingredients, baking a cake from scratch is easier than ever. No matter what cake recipe you see in a magazine or pin on pinterest, there are a few universal rules that you need to follow before you even preheat your oven.
Baking can be overwhelming or it can be overwhelmingly successful and fun if you get your stuff together. There are 11 things you need to know because successful cake baking will depend on your knowledge and preparation.
11 Tips for Baking a Cake from Scratch
Know your oven. Some ovens run hot, some run cold. If your oven is still under warranty, you can have it calibrated by a service person. If that's not an option, you can buy an oven thermometer for less that $10 and use that thermometer as your guide instead of the temperature dial on your oven. Center your cakes and space them evenly to ensure proper heat circulation.
Don't fill your cake pans more than 1/2 - 2/3 full or you run the risk of spills.
- Always test for doneness by using a skewer or a toothpick. Don't always rely on the time stated in the recipe because it can vary based on your oven. The skewer should come out clean. If wet batter covers the skewer, the cake needs more time in the oven. Butter cakes usually pull away from the sides of the pan a bit when they are done, so look for that too.
- Use the right type of flour. Some recipes call for all purpose, some call for cake flour. Be sure you are using the right one. Self rising cake flour is available too and is essentially cake flour with the salt and baking powder already added.
I hope these tips help you the next time you want to bake a cake. If you need some step by step video recipes I have a graham cracker cake recipe and a super easy one bowl cake recipe that is perfect for beginners.