Baking is an art! All baked items are irresistible to most people. Cheat days cannot possibly come to an end without a delicious slice of cake, be it chocolate, butterscotch or any other flavour of your preference. There are a lot of people who also love and enjoy baking but tend to make some rookie mistakes. Baking demands attention to detail! One wrong move and your cake is ruined! The cake is either going to turn out too sloppy or too hard to bite into! Here are some basic yet important tips taught in baking courses that will help you in baking a moist and fluffy cake.
Measure the Ingredients Right
Baking is all about proportions! You can’t add ingredients in random quantities and expect a perfectly baked cake in return. It is better to have a set of measuring spoons and cups handy so that measuring ingredients is easier for you. Don’t overdo it or add extra ingredients just because it’s tedious to measure them. It’ll be best if you can weigh your ingredients with a kitchen weighing scale.
Be it the dry ingredients or the wet ingredients, don’t go about mixing them mindlessly. Instead, try folding them in and try to stick to the certain number of folds the recipe calls for. Keep this in mind when you start mixing. Too much mixing can make your cake too dense.
Follow the Recipe
A recipe is your bible for baking and to get the perfect dish, you need to follow it to the dot. Pick a recipe that you really like and follow it religiously(1). Keep an eye on the required baking temperatures and times to ensure lesser errors while baking. You can also come up with your own recipes while you practice and learn.
Make sure that you have all the ingredients that are called for in the recipe before you start working on your dish. If you do miss some ingredients because they were unavailable at the store, look for substitutes with similar properties. Switch the ingredients only if you are sure that the substitute will work well with your recipe.