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  1. 1. Are you tired of baking cakes that dont quite come out right? Heavy consistencies, crackedtops, sticky tops, crumbs in your frosting - these problems are all too common, but entirely preventable. Follow these five easy tips which can help you bake cakes youll be proud to serve, every
  2. 2. 1 If your cake sticks to the pan when you try to remove it, place athick towel in the sink and pour a kettle of boiling hot water over thetowel to heat it Set the cake pan on the hot towel and leave it for aminute or two, and then try to remove the cake - it should disengagefrom the pan in a snap Alternatively, you can turn the cake pan overon a sheet of wax paper or a cooling rack, and place a cotton towelon top of the cake pan Use a hot steam iron to the bottom of the pan for a few minutesbefore trying to remove it from the cake
  3. 3. It should lift away cleanly Before you try to remove the cake fromthe pan, carefully run a knife between the outside of the cake and theinside of the pan This will help loosen the cake 2 To reduce thechance that your cake will come out with a sort of rounded "hump"on the top, make sure you fill the cake pan no more than two thirdsfull
  4. 4. After the batter is in the pan, gently rotate the pan sideways veryslightly on all sides, so that the batter reaches up along each sideThe middle and edges will meet during baking and rise more evenlyIf the cake rose high and "humped" in the middle, no need to panicSimply slice a bit off across the top before removing the cake fromthe pan, using the sides of the pan as a level guide for your knife Ithelps to use a long, sharp knife
  5. 5. 3 If you want to be sure your cake will be very moist, you cansubstitute half the oil in the recipe with unsweetened applesauce orplain yogurt This not only makes cakes more moist, but cuts the fatand calories in the recipe back a bit, too When youre making adense cake, like a fruit cake or a poundcake, place a pan filled withwater on the bottom rack of the oven during baking Add more waterto the pan as needed
  6. 6. When making a chocolate cake, combine the baking soda with ateaspoon of vinegar before you add it to the batter 4 Lots of thingscan go wrong when frosting a cake, but if you follow these tips, yourcakes will be frosted beautifully, every time Never try to ice a cakeuntil its completely cool Before you begin, brush the cake lightlywith a pastry brush to remove any excess crumbs
  7. 7. Instead of trying to ice the cake all at once, start by coating it with athin layer of frosting, then placing it in the refrigerator for an hourWhen you get it out to complete the frosting, youll notice that crumbsare fully contained If your icing is a bit too thin, use a pastry brush todust the top of the cake very lightly with flour before frosting to helpthe icing hold onto the cake 5 If cracking or consistency are aproblem, try these suggestions
  8. 8. Adding an envelope of unflavored gelatin to the cake batter will helpkeep the top of the cake from splitting For the lightest, fluffiest cake,cream a teaspoon of lemon juice into the butter and sugar beforemixing in the rest of the ingredients When creaming the butter, bethorough about it Run the mixer for at least five minutes beforeadding the sugar, and then cream them together for a few minutesmore
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