Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ways To Never Fail At Making Cakes


Countless amount of times I have heard people complain at their baking fails and disasters so I decided to put together a little list of tips to help guarantee a better cake, and hopefully get more people into baking! I am not saying I am a cake expert by any means, I just enjoy baking and thought I would share my experiences and tips with you all.

Don't overmix.
Sounds simple, but lots of people feel the need to make sure every little bit of mixture is well mixed together, when they really don't need to. Overmixing can cause your cake to become more dense, and ruin the taste. For a light, fluffy cake, keep it to the minimum - stir until all the mixture is the same colour, then stop.

Choose a tried and tested recipe.
If you have a recipe that your Gran has been using for years and it hasn't gone wrong yet, that might be a good place to start. Alternatively you could head to the internet, but make sure to read the ratings and the comments. I always like to do this to see if anyone has any tips or recommendations for the recipe. Obviously if the recipe hasn't got good feedback or ratings, my advice would be don't attempt to bake it. Head to another popular recipe instead, where there is more chance of it working.

If you use toppings, make sure the flavours taste nice together.
I always like to include some sort of topping on my cakes, caster/icing sugar for Victoria Sponges, Nutella for chocolate cakes, but if I am going to experiment with new flavours I always like to test out the different combinations to find out what goes well with the cake. Try to match ingredients if possible, i.e chocolate cake has a chocolatey topping.

Use the right ingredients.
Usually if a recipe says to include a ingredient, it means it. I tried countless times to use granulated sugar instead of caster sugar until I finally realised that it was never going to work! Occasionally you can substitute a ingredient for a better one, but the majority of the time the recipe already includes the best ingredients for the cake.

Try, Try, and Try again.
No one is a cake master on their first attempt, so the only way to get better is to practise your cake making skills regularly. Get friends and family to try your cakes, and ask them for honest opinions. If there is someone that is good at baking living close by, why not ask them to come and help you and maybe give you a few tips on techniques etc.

Can you bake well? What are your baking tips?

10 comments:

  1. This was a wonderful post. Personally, I was always a fan of baking but apparently baking wasn't a fan of me. I couldn't bake cookies, cakes, or brownies for anything. But recently I've been getting better at that, so I'm pretty happy about that.

    - Autumn
    http://autumnreadsandwritesallday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Good luck in the future with your baking - and thank you! x

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  2. Oh these are brilliant tips. I'd never heard that lots of mixing makes something dense. Now I know. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I'm so terrible at baking. I'm a bit of a daydreamer and I always end up just stirring absently, not realising what I was doing..

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    1. Thank you! Yes, when you stir too much you push out all the air, which makes the cakes fluffy. Haha, let me know if this helps! x

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  3. Great tips, I love baking! This post has now made me crave cake hehe
    Rachel Coco

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  4. I love baking, thanks for these tips :)

    I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award :)

    neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Lovely post! With great tips. And that photo made me hungry again. xx Naomi in Wonderland

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