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How to accurately tell when a cake is done

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Learn how to accurately tell if your cake is done every single time and avoid overbaking or even worse, under baking your cake.

With this few simple steps you will always know for sure without second guessing whether or not your cake has baked through fully.

5 ways to accurately know if your cake is done

Read the recipe carefully, twice!

Every cake has a recipe for a reason.

The recipe will help and guide you to cook a perfeclty baked cake.

Make sure to be extra keen with the amounts and time indicated on the recipe.

Always remember that different cakes are meant to be of different consistencies. Some are dense and goey while others are meant to be light and airy.

Check the smell

You will *always* know if your cake is done by the smell. Overburnt cake has a different smell from perfectly baked cake. So be sure to be vigilant of the smell of your cake.

Visual signs

Do not put your cake in the oven and then head to the spa!

Regularly check up on your cake and see what it looks like.

Among the many ways of how to accurately tell if a cake is baked is how the cake looks while in the oven.

Make sure it looks like a baked cake. Granted, different cakes have different looks when they are baked. Some get really golden brown while others get brown slightly.

Do not open the door if the cake clearly looks like it has cooked yet, make sure it has started to set on the top.

If you open, the temperature will drop, making your cake to sink in the middle and you for sure do not want that. The cake should look fully set at the crust, depending on the cake ofcourse.

Also check if the cake pulling away from the sides by itself. This is an indicator that the cake is done.

Use a cake tester

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Instead of using a toothpick, a cake tester is a great way of knowing if your cake has fully baked on the inside.

Simply place the tester inside the cake and if it comes out clean, your cake is done. If cake dough is stuck on the sides, bake the cake for a bit longer.

Thin bladed knife

Using a thin bladed knife is also a better idea since its covers a larger surface area than a skewer.

A cake tester might come out clean but the cake might still be under baked. A thin bladed knife will definitely indicate uncooked batter if the cake is still not fully baked.

Digital thermometer

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The internal temperature of a cake will always be the most accurate way to tell if a cake is done or not. Don’t let it touch the bottom of the cake pan as you will get an inaccurate reading from the cake tray.

The temp should be 99c or 210F.

Do not panic if the reading is + or- 1 or 2 degrees.

Important points to note

Always remember to write down how long it took to bake and the temperature of the oven for next time you bake the same kind of cake.

Don’t over rely on the set timer in the recipe you are reading from. There are very many factors that will make the set time not applicable when baking such as cake pans and ovens that are not caliberated.

Try to incorporate at least 4 of all this tips to get accurate results.


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