Baking is not as easy as it seems. It is all about the right timing, mix and ingredients. Everyone makes mistakes while baking. But if you follow some basic rules while baking, you can avoid the most common mishaps.
Here are some of the commonly made mistakes made while baking:
One of the biggest mistakes a person can make while baking is to measure the ingredients wrongly. Baking is a science that requires a lot of attention to detail. If you get the measurements of the dry and wet ingredients right only will the cake come out all right.
Do not use expired products or produce, especially leavening agents. If you use old leavening agents, chances are that your cake will not rise. Use good quality flour and other baking ingredients. Quality matters and this you will achieve only if you buy the best ingredients.
Temperature of the ingredients
While making cake batter, the temperature of the ingredients is crucial. You can expect to add hard butter and expect the cake to come out soft and fluffy.
As I said baking is a science. Each ingredient is there for a reason that is to cause a reaction to the process of baking. So if you are replacing any ingredient, don’t forget to look into the purpose of the ingredient in the recipe. For example some recipes suggest substituting oil with apple sauce.
You must understand that these substitutions all change the texture and flavor of the cake as well.
Oven temperature is crucial. It is very important to preheat the oven unless you want to land up with sunken cakes.
Another important tip is that you should refrain from frequently opening the oven, once the cake has been placed to bake in the oven.
Understand your oven and adjust the temperature accordingly, as all ovens are different.
Over and under beating batter
Cakes need to come out all fluffy and moist. Over beating the batter can cause the batter to sink by pulling out all the air in the mixture. And under beating can result in the ingredients not getting mixed properly that leads to uneven cooking.
So understand the common baking mistakes so that you can take precautions to prevent them from happening when you are baking.