Whether you are baking a cake for a special occasion, to take to a gathering or just to enjoy you want it to be a big success. You could buy a cake mix and a can of frosting, but that just doesn't compare to a homemade cake with homemade frosting. Baking a cake from scratch isn't that difficult if you make something basic, and with these simple cake baking tips your cake is sure to be a success.
Finding A Good Recipe
One of the most important elements when it comes to baking a great cake is finding a great recipe. You can use a favorite family recipe, get a recipe from a friend or look online for a recipe that has good ratings. Between sites like The Food Network, All Recipes and Epicurean you can find a great recipe for pretty much any type of cake you want to make. It is a good idea to read some of the user reviews if you are choosing a recipe online; you can learn a lot about the cake recipe from the reviews.
If the recipe is new to you be sure to try it to see how it turns out, and to see how well you like it before using it to bake a cake for an event.
Finding The Best Ingredients
The second most important component when it comes to baking a great cake is the ingredients you use. Use the freshest ingredients possible and if you really want it to be an amazing cake use higher quality ingredients, for example if the recipe calls for cocoa use a good quality cocoa with a rich color.
Also carefully measure the ingredients. It is best to measure them before you begin so they are ready to go once you get started. Follow the directions closely and be sure to beat the butter and sugar on the right speed and as long as the recipe suggests.
Using The Right Equipment
The equipment you use can also have an effect on your cake. Glass pans really hold the heat so they tend to cook more quickly; you may need to adjust your cooking time or temperature slightly if you are using glass bakeware. Both glass and aluminum bakeware will need to be greased with a non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil and flour. If you are making a chocolate cake you can dust the greased pan with cocoa instead of flower to avoid the white coating on the cake. Non-stick bakeware doesn't need to be greased, but some tend to make a slightly darker crust.
With a good recipe, quality ingredients, good equipment and a little practice you can bake a great cake. If it is for a special occasion consider making a layer cake and use a cake stand to help make frosting the cake easier. A cake stand will also help make your cake look as good as it tastes.