Does the cake you bake come out messed every single time? You can bid good-bye to your worries and master the art of baking the perfect cakes with our help. Our 25 great tips on how to make cake at home will definitely come in handy the next time you think about baking a cake. Read on to find out the sure-fire ways to bake the perfect cake.
1) Keep your cake moist
Keep your cake moist and delicious by placing a slice of bread on top of it until you’re ready to frost it. This will ensure that your cake does not become hard or tough to eat. It will stay moist until you’re ready for the next step.
2) Dropping the batter from a small height
Drop the cake batter from a small height before putting it in the oven for the perfect finish. Dropping the cake batter helps remove the air bubbles from the mixture and gives your cake a consistent and smooth finish.
3) Easy way to soften brown sugar
Soften brown sugar with the help of a microwave and a paper towel. If your brown sugar is brick hard, don’t worry; cover it with a wet paper towel and microwave it for 20 seconds or place it in a 300 °F oven for 5 minutes.
4) Keep brown sugar soft for longer
Keep brown sugar soft by storing it in a container with a slice of bread. The bread slice will soak up any moisture ensuring that your brown sugar is in the perfect condition to use.
5) Expert frosting for your cake
Use a syringe to expertly frost your cake. If you’re tired of messing up the frosting, this trick will make life simpler for you. Use a syringe filled with frosting to get the perfect shape or design you want on your cakes.
6) Easy way to remove eggshells
Remove a broken eggshell from the bowl by placing a wet finger in the batter over the piece. You’ll see that the broken shell will move closer to your finger and will be easier to remove. You can also use the empty half of an eggshell to pull out pieces that have fallen in your bowl.
7) Use Jell-O for the perfect colour
Use Jell-O for colour frosting if you are out of food colouring. You can use Jell-O to give your cake the perfect finish by mixing it with some sugar, vanilla essence and egg whites. Put it in a blender and use it as frosting.
8) Prepare in advance
Keep the ingredients prepared beforehand. It is important to keep all the ingredients required for the cake at room temperature for at least 60 – 90 minutes before you start preparing the cake. This will ensure that your ingredients mix evenly.
9) Baking the perfect banana cake
Bake the perfect banana cake! If you’re in the mood to bake a banana cake and you don’t have any ripe bananas, don’t worry! Place the bananas in the oven at 148°C for 40 minutes to make sure they’re cooked. You should ideally keep checking every 10 minutes and take them out when you feel they’re perfect for your cake.
10) Avoid splattering
Avoid splattering your cake batter with this simple trick. Attach a paper plate on your whisker and pull it close to the shaft of the beater so that the plate forms a cover over the electric whisk attachments. Place the beater in the bowl making sure the plate covers the top and mix away!
11) Use fresh eggs
Always check if the eggs are fresh before you use them. You can check if the eggs are fresh or stale with this simple trick. Put the eggs in a bowl of water and see if they float. If the eggs sink, they’re fresh; if they float and stand on one end, they’re not.
12) The marshmallow trick
Frost your cake or cupcake with marshmallows. You can ensure that your cake has a unique and delicious frosting by putting marshmallows on it for the last 5 minutes of the baking process. The marshmallows will melt and form a delectable coating on the cake.
13) Whipped cream without a mixer
You can easily make whipped cream without a stand mixer if you have a mason jar at your disposal. Place all the ingredients in a mason jar, cover the lid and shake the jar for 2-3 minutes until it reaches the desired viscosity.
14) Add some sea salt for flavour
Bring out the flavour in your cake by adding a pinch of sea salt to the batter and mix it evenly. The sea salt helps bring out the sweetness in the ingredients giving your cake a rich and scrumptious flavour.
15) The no-sticking trick
You can easily ensure that your cake doesn’t stick to the baking pan by layering the pan with butter paper before baking. The butter paper helps ensure that your cake doesn’t stick to the pan and easily comes off after baking.
16) Keep your oven prepared
Prepare your oven beforehand. Make sure your oven reaches the necessary temperature before placing your cake for baking. This will help to ensure that your cake bakes evenly and gets done perfectly.
17) Avoid the sides of the oven while baking
When baking multiple cakes in the oven, make sure that the cakes are away from the sides of the oven and at least a few inches from each other to make sure they bake consistently and don’t burn.
18) Test if your cake is ready
You can check if your cake is properly baked by putting a knife or skewer in it. If the skewer or knife comes out clean, your cake is done. It is advisable to leave your cake in the oven while testing it.
19) Innovative frostings
Get innovative with frostings. If you’re out of normal frosting options and want to do something unique, just sprinkle powdered sugar on your cake. You can also use lace to give your cake a beautiful pattern.
20) Easy swirl frostings
If you’re in the mood to have a swirled frosting on your freshly baked cake, this tip is a must try. Take two frosting bags and fix them on one tip. Gently squeeze them both through a common tip while frosting and it will come out in a graceful swirl.
21) Go for a glossy finish
Give your frosted cake a glossy finish by using a hair-dryer. Set it on medium heat and use it on the top of the cake before serving it. The heat from the hair-dryer will soften your frosting just right.
22) Apply a thin layer of icing
Apply a thin layer of icing on your cake to seal in the crumbs and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once done, apply another layer of icing on the cake for the perfect finish.
23) Vanilla essence for flavour
Use vanilla essence to enhance the flavour of your cake. If you’re planning to incorporate more than one flavour in your cake batter or icing, it is always advisable to start with vanilla essence. Vanilla helps enhance the flavours in your cake.
24) Keep eggs at room temperature
Avoid using cold eggs for your cake batter. It is important that the eggs are at room temperature while mixing to make sure the mixture emulsifies properly. If you’re short on time, place the eggs in a bowl of lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes.
25) Measurement is the key
Measure the flour perfectly. Place the flour into a dry measuring cup with a spoon and take a knife to remove the excess. If you scoop the flour directly into a measuring cup you may get more than you need for the recipe as the flour gets compacted.
So put on your chef’s hat and get baking!