Everyone wants to bake the best birthday cakes in Gurgaon. Though baking cakes is easy, one need to keep some baking tips in mind if you want to bake one of the best birthday cakes in Gurgaon. We all want to bake the best cake. But there are often some simple things which we do not follow. This makes our cake imperfect.
These tips will help you bake perfectly. You may open your own bakery after reading this useful information.
Follow the recipe
Following the recipe is the first step towards baking a perfect cake. We often substitute ingredients based on what are readily available. Do not subbing out eggs, reduce sugar, use liquid sweetener instead of dry, all-purpose instead of cake flour, baking soda for powder, egg whites instead of whole eggs, correct use of required size pan, etc. The taste of the cake will not be perfect. The ingredients required are needed for a reason and the cake will fail if the recipe wasn’t followed. It is recommended to follow a recipe properly for the first time, and then try making changes the next time.
- Room Temperature
Baking required room temperature ingredients. There are science and legitimate reasons behind it. Use eggs, sour cream, butter, and milk at room temperature. This makes the bonding easier and quicker. Butter is capable of holding air and the creaming process needs trapped air. We need to make sure that the air bubbles are properly incorporated in the butter.
So, keep in mind that the ingredients need to be of room temperature before mixing.
- Measure the ingredients properly
This is where we most often make mistakes. The difference between the cake and the best birthday cakes in Gurgaon could lie within 1 extra measured teaspoon of sugar! It is imperative to measure the ingredients properly.
We often wrongly measure the flour. It is advisable to use the spoon and level method. Correct measuring technique for a particular ingredient will definitely guarantee better baking of cakes. The measuring spoon should not be overloaded while measuring. The best way is to take off the extra flour from the measuring spoon.
- Cake flour
Use cake flour rather than all-purpose flour. Cake flour is a low protein flour that can be milled into a delicate consistency. The tender texture of the cake flour translates into your baked cake. Though all-purpose flour is easily available, it is recommended to use cake flour.
- Over mixing and under mixing
Make sure you whisk the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix and do not under mix. Over mixing will make the baked item tough textured and under mixing will not incorporate the ingredients properly. Only a properly mixed cake batter will help you bake the best birthday cake.
- Parchment paper
Prepare your pan properly. Use parchment paper cut into the shape of the base. On cooling, run a thin knife around the edges of the pan and invert the cake out. Peel off the parchment paper on the base.
- Don’t open the oven
Do not open the oven to keep checking the cake. This will let cool air inside and the temperature of the oven will change causing the cake to sink. You can use oven thermometer to check the temperature of the oven. Check the cake only once or twice. Not more than that. Else all the hot air will escape from the oven and the cake will not be perfect.
- Bounce-Back test
To test whether the cake is done, we use a toothpick. Simply stick a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is cooked. This test is very important to check whether the cake is baked properly or not.
When done, remove the cake. Press gently down on the cake. If it bounces back, it’s ready. If you leave a dent in the cake, it needs more time. In that case, put the cake back into the oven for a few more minutes.
- Cake needs to cool completely in the pan
We are often in a rush to take the cake out of the pan. This is a disaster. The flavour has not settled and the frosting will melt.
Allow the cake to cook completely in the pan. If you are in a rush, then rack the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the cooking process.
- Storing and transporting cakes
Cakes taste best at room temperature. If you prepare cake one day ahead, you can bake and cool it. Fresh frosting taste best. So keep it in the refrigerator.
- Some extra baking tips for decoration
Classic and simple cake decorations are the best. Whipped cream swirls and easy buttercream flowers require piping bags. Simple decorations can be made even if you are a novice.
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