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Bake a perfect cake-useful tips

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  • Have all ingredients at room temperature for best results.
  • Measure or weigh the ingredients accurately.
  • Sift dry ingredients well , so that the mixture is aerated.
  • Use the correct size cake tin.
  • Prepare the cake tin before beginning to mix the cake. 
  • Grease tin lightly and dust with flour, tapping out any surplus.
  •  If the cake requires long baking, grease tin and bottom tin, do remember to line it with greased butter or brown paper to prevent the batter from leaking.
  • For sponge cakes, do not line tins with paper or else the cake will have a moist, crustless appearance.
  • Do not beat the batter after the flour has been added or the finished cake will turn out heavy.
  • Sometimes the cake batter may appear too thick even though you may have measured the ingredients very carefully, as stated in the recipe.in such cases,you may conveniently add 2-4 tbsp of milk to make the batter softer.
  • If flavoring extracts( essence) are used, add them to the fat because fat absorbs flavor readily.
  • Fill the cake tin only half to 2/3rd s full of butter leaving enough space for it to rise.
  • To get a cake with a level top- scoop out a little batter from the centre to form a small depression and shift it to the sides, before putting the cake in the oven.
  • Place tin in the centre of the oven, so that hot air can circulate around it.
  • For even distribution of fruit and to avoid sinking of the dried fruit, mix fruit with a little flour  before adding to the cake mixture.

A cake it is baked when it is –
  • Well risen and of a good color ; and feels firm and springy when pressed with the finger tips.
  • A toothpick or cake tester remains clean after being inserted into the cake at the highest point.
  • When no sizzling sound is heard when held fairly close to the ear in case of fruit cake. 
  • When cakes are removed from the oven, wait for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin. 
  • If the cake is to be iced or frosted, wait until it has cooled to room temperature before decorating.
  • For icings –use dry and scrupulously clean utensils, always sieve icing sugar, flavor delicately and avoid strong coloring’s.

About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.

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