Cake Baking Tips





Cake Baking Tips


Preheat your oven for at least ten minutes.
Set your oven to 325 degrees. Setting your oven to 325 degrees will help keep your cake from over cooking and turning out dry.
Trust yourself. Your nose knows. Baking time varies depending on a ton of variables: humidity, altitude,  the make of your oven, the amount of batter, pan size, etc. A good indication of a cake that is done is when its sweet smell permeates the air.
Test a cake for doneness with a toothpick. Insert the toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean with no wet batter adhered to it, it is done.
Grease your pans. See my Pan Grease Cake Release recipe, it's amazing. Do not use butter or oil, as both can easily incorporate themselves in the batter and butter will burn.
Once your pans are filled with batter, tap the bottom of the pans onto the counter as this will release any bubbles in you batter.
Wrap the sides of your pans with a strip of damp cloth. I cut up an old towel into a strip long enough to go around the outside of the baking pan and pin it tight. (See: Video Tutorial) You can use Bake Strips by Wilton, but my method works just as well. Free to boot!  Its main purpose is to keep the sides from cooking faster than the middle. This will help ensure your cakes will be leveled, cook evenly and less likely to form a dome.
If your cake does form a dome, right when you take it out of the oven, with an oven mitt or kitchen towel, press down into the cake. Pressing it enough to even it out. Be cautious of hot steam!
Worse comes to worst, you may have to level it, but that's easy. Check out the tutorial for leveling and torting cakes. Coming soon!
For pans more than 10 inches in diameter or that are 3 inches high place a no. 7 flower nail with the head down in the middle of the pan to ensure that the center is cooked thoroughly. No one likes a soggy uncooked center.
Don't leave your cake cooling in its pan for over ten minutes. Let it cool in there for a couple minutes, run a knife around the side, then turn it over quickly, tap the pan, and if you greased it well, it should pop out.
Scratch baking is great, but for all intent and purposes of cake decorating, using cake mix is acceptable. I give you permission, especially since it is a well known secret that many professionals use mixes. They are dependable and are a gift to any novice baker. To improve taste, doctor a mix by using milk in place of water, and melted butter in place of oil. Here's also a great secret!, use sour cream in place of water if you have it on hand. Your cake will be moist and don't worry, you don't taste the sour cream. - When you feel more adventurous, try different liquids like orange juice or add a teaspoon of your favorite extract.
When possible, use High Ratio shortening. Using high ratio shortening makes all the difference in the world! It will make your buttercream frosting taste and feel less greasy and easier to work with and it contains microemulsifiers that allow a batter to hold more sugar and liquid. You can substitute with Crisco, but I wouldnt reccomend it.
  Brand Names: It comes in solid form called Sweetex and liquid form called Nutex. Another company sells it as Alpine Hi-Ratio Shortening.
Cupcake Tips
To create a perfectly domed cupcake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and right before you place your pans inside to bake, lower the oven to 350 degrees.


Happy Cake Decorating and thank you for the 
continual support of my Cake Decorating Tutorial Videos! 







27 comments:

Sabina said...

If only I knew how to bake, I could just go to my kitchen right now and burn it all down :P Can you be my personal tutor!

Hehe! Thanks for the comment on my blog, Amy. :)

Damla said...

Amy,

I tried some of your advices, and we ended up a really great cake. Thank you.

I just could not understand how to strip the sides, won't towels burn?

Little Lady Cakes said...

Damla,

I'm glad your cake turned out great!

As for the towels, if you are asking if they will burn and catch fire, no they should not. When dampened, they should stay just fine and just brown in parts that touch oven metal.

Lady Di said...

Good tips, on keeping the cake level when it is baking. I have never tried the baking strips and I always have to level my cakes, but then I have to deal with more crumbs when icing. So, I'll have to try some of these things out next time.

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Great tips, keep 'em coming...I could use the help!

Candy said...

See i am glad i read this because I told my mother-in-law that you shouldn't leave the cake in the pan a long time and she disagreed. ha I was right!

keekeeskupkakes said...

Wow. Excellent advice. I've been wanting my "kupkakes" to form that ever so slightly dome on top. I'll try the towel this weekend. I have a lot of father's day cakes to make.

Lynn said...

Baking my first sheetcake for my 6 year old's birthday party. You're a lifesaver with these tips!!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for your awesome cake decorating tutorials and beyond this world cake baking tips!

You are my hero!

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Towel Warmers said...

These are lovely lady cakes

stefanie said...

Wonderful tips! :)

when substituting sour cream for water, do I use the same measurements?

I have a butter-recipe yellow cake mix, contemplating trying the sour cream tip with it :)

Beth said...

Thank you so much! This is the best cake decorating tutorial site I've stumbled across!
Great mmf recipe!

analou said...

I like cakes but I don't know to bake it. I am not a good cook. I tried but not hard enoughI think. Your site is really very helpful. Thanks for your comments.

Melissa said...

awesome tips! thanks!

Cat said...

Greatest and cutest cake decorating website EVER!

bobbi said...

Cake tutorials are noice.

June said...

I love your videos! PLEASE make more!!!!

Carla said...

BEST CAKE DECORATING SITE THERE IS! PLEASE POST MORE!!!!!!!!

Art and Appetite said...

Thank you soooo much! Love all your tips and videos! Fabulous stuff and kind of you to share.

Heating Engineers said...

Lovely cakes, I want to say a big thank you for all of your tips and tutorials, I've found them all to be very helpful.

Christine said...

Genius!!! I just found your site tonight, and I love it! My cakes just got outta the oven, and the cake release I made worked perfectly! I used strips of towels, I didn't need to use a knife on the sides or anything, just turned them over and they literally fell out. I love your tutorials, so thorough, Thank You! =]

rajahmundry said...

Wow...great tips...I love your style of making...you are simply amazing...

Ocean Freight said...

A very nice article.. Very interesting tips for making cakes.. Keep it up.

Sofia Raj said...

Great tips, i m very glad known these tips thanks.

kris valencia said...

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kris valencia said...

Hi Thank you for your great tips about Cake decoating ideas This is excellent suggestion for a beginner in decorating cake.

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