10 Common Baking Mistakes To Avoid

Trouble with baking? Take a look at our top tips and common baking mistakes to avoid.

1. Don’t open the oven door - whilst a cake is baking make sure to keep the oven door shut, as opening it can cause the middle to sink or the cake to be undercooked or unevenly baked.

2. Don’t use cold ingredients – always use room-temperature ingredients unless the recipe states otherwise. Room temperature butter will be much easier to whisk and create a smooth batter.

3. Measure out your ingredients – always use a pair of scales to measure your ingredients when baking to get the best results.

4. Sieve the flour – sieving the flour with other dry ingredients helps to aerate the flour and makes for a lighter sponge mixture.

5. Don’t put fruit or chocolate chips straight in – coat them in a small amount of flour first to stop them sinking to the bottom during baking.

6. Don’t overbeat the mix – once the flour is added gently fold it in using a figure of eight motion and a light hand, once all its combined you can stop.

7. Check expiration dates – especially on active ingredients like baking soda, baking powder and yeast which won’t perform properly if they’ve expired.

8. Don’t substitute without knowing the science – baking is a science, and whilst you can experiment with ingredients be prepared for not everything to work as a substitute.

9. Allow your sponge to cool – before attempting to frost make sure your sponge cake or cupcakes are completely cool. Cool in the tins for the first 5-10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack for the remaining time.

10. Don’t twist your cutter – when making biscuits or scones make sure you don’t twist your cutter as this can create less height and non-uniform amongst the batch. Simply press the cutter down into the dough and lift back up and the dough should fall into your hand, or use a palette knife to slide it off the board and put on the baking tray.

 


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