Common Baking Problems (and Solutions)

1. My cake is flat, it did not rise, or the middle of the cake fell in.

Solutions:

  • Make sure to add the baking powder.
  • Sift your flour or measure your flour in ounces to make sure you have the correct amount.
  • Do not take the cake out of the oven too early. Check it with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean.
  • Do not open the door of the oven at all (if possible). If you need to, wait until it is almost done baking.

2. My cake is too tough or dry.

Solutions:

  • Make sure to use the right kind of flour, no substitutes. Also, make sure to measure the flour correctly.
  • Do not store your batter in the fridge. I would recommend no longer than a couple hours or not at all if possible.
  • Mix the ingredients only as long as the recipes states to. Do not overmix.
  • Double check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer and make sure your oven is not baking too hot.

3. Opposite of number 2, my cake is too tender and soft to handle

Solutions:

  • Make sure to mix the batter exactly how and for the correct length of time that the recipe says.
  • Make sure you add the right measurement of fat and sugar.

4. My cake has splits in it.

Solutions:

  • Double check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer and make sure your oven is not baking to hot.
  • Do not try and bake your cake faster by turning the oven temperature up.
  • Make sure you double check how much of the leavening agent (i.e. baking soda, baking powder) that the recipe calls for.

5. My cake is stuck in the pan.

Solutions:

  • My personal favorite way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to grease and then flour my cake pans. This will definitely make the cake not stick to the pan.
  • You can also try using parchment paper to make the cake not stick to the pan.
  • When the cake first comes out of the oven make sure you run a knife around the edge of the pan, but leave the cake in the pan.
  • Let the cake cool for at least 15-20 minutes before you attempt to remove it from the pan.
  • When taking the cake out of the pan, put a plate on the top of the cake and quickly flip it over. When it is flipped, gently tap the cake pan to help the cake fall out gently.
  • If your cake is still sticking, you can always just get the cake out in pieces and crumble them. You can then turn them into cake pops by mixing the crumbs with some frosting.

 

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