A cake is definitely a welcome sight at almost any get-together, elegant or casual, small or large. Bear in mind that cakes today are mixed, shaped and baked in different ways; however, there are several important basic principles applicable to every cake.
With the invention of baking soda and baking powder, baking cakes has become popular during the Industrial Revolution. Cakes are now quite easy to make. Also, ovens started to have more temperature controlled settings. And this means people could already leave their cakes to bake without the need to watch them over constantly. Most important, railroads or ease of transportation has made ingredients easy to source and are much cheaper.
How To Bake The Best Cakes
Do not use cold eggs if you can avoid it. Apart from brining the butter to room temperature, it is also important for you to do this with eggs. This will help emulsify the mixture properly. If you are short on time, consider placing the eggs in a warm bowl of warm water for about 10-15 minutes.
Properly measure the flour. A trusted bakery suggests that you spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Be sure to sweep off the excess with a knife. Do not scoop it directly from the bag because the flour can become compacted. And this will cause you to get more than what you need for the recipe.
Butter the pans using a pastry brush. If you choose to do this, you will be getting better coverage. Also, it will make buttering parchment very easy and fast. You just have to swipe the brush over a tablespoon of soft butter, then to the pan or paper.
As much as possible, you must place the pans to the center of the over. The pans must not touch one another or even the oven walls. In case your oven is not wide enough to put two or more pans side by side, consider placing them on various racks and slightly offset. This will ensure proper air circulation.
Ensure even baking by rotating the pans. Remember though to do this only when the cake is set. This means it is about two-thirds of the way through the baking time in order to prevent collapse. If you are using more than a single rack, it is a good idea for you to swap the pans.
Cool the cakes upside down. This will ensure that the top area is flattened out. And this will create easy-to-stack disks for layer cakes. In case the top of a cake is rounded still, consider slicing it off using a serrated knife.