To bake a cake that are delicious are just as important as decorating a cake. Without a delicious cake, your hard work in decorating the cake becomes null and void. If your cake is beautiful, but do not get that wow factor when it is consumed, you will lose a client forever.
All of us can bake a cake! You just grab the recipe book and start baking! Wrong! There are rules to follow to make a flawless cake. I have heard many times in my decorating classes, how their cakes collapse in the middle, why it does not rise properly and so much more. It is all because of the rules that were not followed.
A good example is the size of the eggs. If the recipe calls for four large eggs and you use four small eggs, you are actually changing the recipe. You will need to learn how to adjust the recipe without actually changing it. Sounds confusing right, but if you do not have large eggs, you will need to add two more eggs to make up for the fact that they are small.
The same apply to the cake flour. You can't use self raising flour if the recipe asks for cake flour. Self raising flour have other ingredients in them, which mean you might be adding more baking powder than you should.
Another tip: Most recipes stipulates that when you bake a cake, you have to use room temperature eggs. Do not use eggs straight out of your fridge, there are a reason for that. The thing about recipes – it is actually a magic potion! You add ingredients in a certain way, whip it, mix it or fold it that secret way and right in front of your eyes the products together have a chemical reaction… It is all Science!
Certain chemicals react in a certain way. Follow this rule. If your eggs are cold, put them in luke warm water for a while before you use them. Even better, plan ahead and take them out of your fridge with your butter at least an hour or two before you start baking.
A recipe can only be as good as the one following it to the last letter. If it stipulates to switch on the oven on 180 before you start – do that. If it asks for folding and not mixing – do that. Otherwise, you will set yourself up for failure.
There are plenty of things you can do to ensure a perfect cake:
PS: If your cake still do not rise evenly – just check whether your oven is level, it might not be!
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