Here Are Smoe Very Useful Baking Tips and Tricks
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the butter and sugar called for before mixing the rest of the ingredients. This helps make the cake lighter.
Take your time creaming the butter; beat/cream for at least 5 minutes to get lots of air into the butter. Add the sugar and beat/cream really well again.
Separate the eggs before beating; first beat yolks till golden and creamy then add to the butter and/or sugar mixture. Beat the egg whites until light and frothy before folding (not beating) them into the butter, sugar, yolk mixture.
Try dusting the tins with a bit of the cocoa instead of flour so that there is a cocoa crust around the cake not a floury one.
Apply some butter to the bottom of the tin then line with a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom. Re-grease the top of the wax paper. The tin is now ready for the cake mixture!
Flat Cake Tops:
Fill tins no more than 1/2 to 2/3 full to allow for even rising.
Once you’ve poured the batter into the tin, wobble the pan sideways a bit so the batter reaches up along each side (with the middle being slightly lower). When it bakes the middle and edges will meet and rise more evenly!
Is It Done Yet?
Using a toothpick, wood skewer or a piece of raw spaghetti, test for doneness by sticking the ‘checking for doneness’ item into the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
No More Stuck Bottoms:
Place a thick, clean towel in the kitchen sink and pour a kettle of boiling hot water over the towel to heat it. Set the pan on the hot towel and leave it for a minute or two, when the cake should turn out easily.
Cool cakes completely in the pans before trying to remove them. They’re best cooled on a rack placed on the counter. When the cakes are completely cooled gently insert a knife between the outside of the cake and the inside of the tin. Run it along the edges to loosen them up before turning over.
Heat a knife first before cutting for crumble-free slices. To heat the knife, you can run the knife under very hot water then wipe dry with a clean towel.
Odd Tricks and Tips:
Dust the cake platter with a bit of icing sugar before placing the cake on it, this will help keep it from sticking to the bottom.
Use ingredients that are at room temperature, the butter soft but not melted or oily.
To melt chocolate, put your chocolate into a heat-proof bowl and place it over a pot of boiling water. Make sure that the bowl is not coming into contact with the water.
If you need to melt chocolate with butter and milk, always put all the three ingredients into a pan before you put it on the heat. This way the chocolate wont separate and the mix will be silky and smooth…
I hope that these tips and tricks make your delicious treats turn out beautiful!