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8 Tricks that guarantee you’ll get the best cake every time

So, I love to cook. Almost as much as I love to eat. If you’re reading this, I’m hoping that you love one of those things just as much as I do. 

I’m going to be sharing quite a few recipes with you, and I want to cover the basics before we get started. That way, no matter how much experience you have, you’ll be able to make delicious cakes everytime. If you already are a pro baker, let me know in the comments below, what tips and tricks do you use for baking?  I want to learn from you guys! But if that’s not you, just keep reading.

So before we get into these 8 tips, I must tell you that I am not a trained chef, or pastry chef. However, I have baked quite a few cakes in my day, and not to toot my own horn, but my cakes are good. Really good. So without further ado these are the tips that always work for me. Let’s begin.

1. Sift the dry ingredients

When you’re baking, all the the ingredients can be classified as wet or dry. The wet ingredients are your eggs, oil, butter etc. Anything that’s, well, wet. The dry ingredients are your flour, baking soda, salt, etc. The dry ingredients are the only ones that get sifted. You always want to do this, like I’ve shown below. Measure first, and then sift, unless the recipe tells you otherwise.

2. Bake with a pan of water

I got this from an older relative of mine. One who used to make amazing cakes. I don’t know the science behind it, but it makes sense when you think about it. The water in the pan will turn to steam, so instead of your cake cooking with dry air, the moisture is being infused into it. I’ll have to do a comparison between using water, and not, one day. But for now, I use this way, and I like it.

3. Check your cake about 8 minutes before the recipe suggests

Ovens vary, elevations vary, almost everything varies. So err on the side of caution. I’d say about 65% of the time when I check my cake 8 minutes before the recipe says, it’s done. Also, when you take the cake out, with that hot pan, it’s still cooking. The last thing you want is a dry cake. No cake crackers here!

4. Make sure your cold ingredients are room temperature

This is your eggs, and your butter. Let them come to room temperature before combining with other ingredients, unless the recipe tells you otherwise.

5. Cream butter and sugar until they become foam like

Quite often, a recipe will start off by having you cream butter and sugar. This is the one time, more mixing is better. I like to combine my butter and sugar until they are almost cloud like. (see picture below)

6. Always add your eggs last

You really don’t want to overmix your eggs, if you want your cake to be nice and fluffy give your eggs a break (see what I did there?).

7. Don’t overmix

This goes back to what I said above. Once all of your ingredients are combined (including the eggs), mix only until combined. Less really is more here.

8. If using cake mix, don’t add water

Let me clarify. Nothing bad is going to happen if you add water to a cake mix, but your cake will take on a whole new life if you use something else. Buttermilk is a good sub, milk, or even a juice if you’re using a flavored cake. Keep in mind, normally very little water is required (1/4 cup), so that small kick is all you need to liven things up a bit.

And guys, that’s it. These are the tips that can turn a cake from ‘blah’ to ‘say whaaa’ 🙂 But seriously, I think this is all you need to get started, now you have to tools you need to get in there and bake some great cakes. Are there any tips you use that I missed? Any other questions you have? Let me know below.

As always, make life sweet, and learn all that you can!

P.S. If you would be interested in a beginners baking, or cooking series, let me know!

(12) Comments

  1. I love eating too but i find baking cake a bit of a challenge, it just come out wrong most of the time, lol anyway thanks for the tips good to know some of these

    1. Amie says:

      Haha, I understand. Baking can be tricky because it’s so exact. But that’s what I’m here for! Hopefully breaking everything down into small steps will help you get it perfect every time!

  2. I love baking! I’m not a big sweet person but there is something about the creating process.

    1. Amie says:

      Yes!! Doesn’t it make you feel so accomplished?!

  3. Leandres says:

    I love cooking, but I’ve always had a throw things in a pot and see what happens approach which doesn’t work so well when it comes to baking lol. These tips are super helpful!

    1. Amie says:

      Haha, not so much, I wish it worked that way though. Yay, happy I could help!

  4. Thank you for sharing! I am not much of a baker but it’s something that I have been hoping to get into more. I will check this out! Thank you, again!

    1. Amie says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading.

  5. Dee says:

    Hey! Thanks for the tips! I only have one question. What is your take on adding pudding to your recipes?

    1. Amie says:

      You’re welcome! I’ve tried this a few times and loved it. Especially chocolate pudding in chocolate cake. I will say that I’ve only ever paired it with a box mix, so I’d imagine if it was going to be from scratch, some of the other ingredients may vary a bit.

  6. Yasss thank you for breaking this down especially because I’m not an expert but have a weakness for sweets lol

    1. Amie says:

      I totally understand, sweets are my weakness too! lol

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