Baking is fraught with danger and problems that can occur. No, we’re not talking about having a messy kitchen or that you make things so beautiful that you can’t stop eating them. We’re talking about the common problems that make your baking creations less than perfect when they are pulled out of the oven.
However, as in life, for every baking problem, there is a baking solution. What are the biggest issues, and how can you prevent them happening?
Cakes Burnt Outside, Undercooked Inside
This is the easiest problem to solve, but it might require you to be a little more patient when baking. This happens when the temperature is set too high, so keep the temperature as it should be, and go and find something to do while your cakes bake. How about you tidy up the mess you just made?
Cakes Don’t Rise
There are a number of reasons why your cakes – or bread or biscuits for that matter – aren’t rising as you might have expected or hoped.
The most common are:
- You’ve used too little flour
- You’ve used too much water
- You’ve set the oven temperature too high
We’re not going to tell you again about the oven temperature, but we will advise you to carefully measure ingredients, and try not to mess around too much adding water and flour to the recipe. Use what you’re told, and it should be fine!
Whether you’re making a big cake or a selection of cupcakes, uneven cakes are perhaps the most annoying thing that can happen, purely because you have a great tasting cake but can’t get away from the fact that it doesn’t look right.
Uneven cakes typically occur because an oven tray is broken or sits unevenly in the oven; this can happen with older trays, so be sure to check that yours is fine if uneven cakes are something that annoys you.
Cakes can also go uneven if you’re baking a larger cake and carelessly placed the mixture into the tin. Do it slowly and ensure that your cake mix is evenly spread at all levels, and it is far likelier to bake easier. It is often a good idea to give the pan a little shake and allow it to rest on a flat surface before cooking, too.
Poor Cake Texture
There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time making cakes only for them to come out of the oven and not be the perfect texture, or at least something close to it. If your cake has a poor texture then it’s likely because you’ve used too much flour, causing it to go stodgy, or too little sugar to maintain the consistency of your mixture.
Poor texture can also occur if you’ve over-mixed your cake mixture, so make sure you get the consistency of ingredients right and don’t mix for any longer than you need to, you could be unintentionally ruining your cake!