Common Cake Fails - Mistakes Every Beginner Baker Needs To Avoid

Gladys Ania
July 11, 2022

For some, baking is a science and for others, it’s a form of art.

For those of us who have recently stepped into the world of baking, starting the journey can be exciting and thrilling, especially if it’s something we’ve always been interested in. 

However, as a beginner, we might not be experienced enough to avoid making cake baking mistakes.

As baking amateurs, looking up “cake mistakes and solutions” or “how to deal with bubbles on top of cake while baking” is something that many of us are guilty of. Equipped with the right tips and techniques, we can avoid the most common cake baking mistakes and create fluffy and delicious cakes.

The experts at Gladys have put together a blog on cake baking mistakes that every beginner baker can avoid and therefore, create a stunning cake.

Let’s take a look!

1. Using the Wrong Pan

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There is lots of amazing cake baking equipment available on the market, like pans that are suited for specific types of cakes. Depending on the recipe you choose, you need to find the right pan for it.

Based on the quantity and type of cake you’re working with, choosing the wrong pan can affect the overall texture and quality of the cake. Something as simple as using an 8-inch pan instead of a 9-inch one can affect the texture and rise of the cake, it may also cause your cake to dry out.

If you’re unsure of what to go with, try to stick to whatever the recipe mentions or find a recipe that is better suited for the equipment you already have.

2. Not Greasing Your Pan

a block of butter and cubes of butter

One of the most common cake baking mistakes that many beginners make is skipping greasing the pan. While you may assume that a non-stick pan means that your cake can be demoulded easily, this might not be the case.

If you do not use butter to grease your pan and just leave it as is, there’s a chance that there may be parts of your cake that stick to the corners of your pan. There’s a reason why so many professionals always grease their pan – it’s so the cake maintains its shape and overall appearance.

A naked pan can cause the golden exterior of your cake to stick to the pan, which takes away the best part of the cake.

3. Using the Ingredients at the Wrong Temperature

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One of the most common cake baking mistakes is using the ingredients at the wrong temperature. If the recipe calls for either soft butter or melted butter, make sure you stick to this.

The reason behind this is that every recipe is designed a particular way and changing the temperature of what the ingredient is supposed to be, can affect the outcome of your cake. 

One thing that every cake baking beginner needs to understand is that certain ingredients work better at particular temperatures. For example, room temperature eggs give better volume than cold eggs or yeast works faster when it is used with warm water.

Since these are all tried and tested techniques, make sure to stick to them to get the cake of your dreams.

4. Not Measuring Ingredients In Advance

a bag of flower

Any cake recipe has multiple steps that you need to follow in a particular order. Whether it is cracking the eggs into the mixture or adding vanilla essence, each step needs a particular set of ingredients, measured and ready.

As a beginner, you’ll need to prepare for the process of baking a cake, as everything needs to be done in a particular time frame and any inconsistencies in this can affect the overall quality of your cake. This makes it essential for you to measure the ingredients and have them ready, so that the baking process goes smoothly, without any hiccups.

Call Gladys’ Gourmet Cakes for Delicious Cakes In Northampton 

Now that you’re aware of the common cake baking mistakes, you know what you need to keep in mind to bake the perfect cake. So until then, why not indulge in luxurious cakes that deliver flavour and quality?

If you’re looking for something both delicious and aesthetically pleasing, Gladys’ is the perfect place for you! From celebration cakes to wedding cakes, we have a variety of stunning cakes that will make your celebration sweeter.

To find out more, give us a call right away!