Howdy, ya’ll, I am going to discuss with you 8 things bakers wish they knew when they started baking. Are you ready?
#1. You need a little extra dough.
When you are baking, there are instances when you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for. This is especially true when it comes to cookies. If you are making chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more dough than what the recipe calls for in order to make all of your cookies about the same size. If you use too much dough for your mold, just use the extra dough and make a few smaller cookies or roll it out and create your own cookie cutter shapes.
#2. You will always forget something.
Yes, unfortunately you will always forget something you need for your recipe. As long as I have been baking I forget stuff all of the time! So frustrating. Luckily my hubby is kind enough to go to the store for me and get what I need. But the good news is you can always be getting other things ready for your baking. You know, like measuring your ingredients, getting your pans oiled and floured, pre-heating the oven, etc.
#3. You will need extra stuff.
If you bake a lot of cakes like I do, especially around the holidays, you will definitely need more than 2 round pans for sure. That way you can get your cakes done even faster. I got tired of baking 2 layers and having to wait for the pans I was using for the next cake. Long story short, I basically have 2 of ever kind of pan I use so that I don’t run into this problem. I also have 3 sets of measuring cups, 3 sets of measuring spoons, several spatulas. It just makes baking for me easier.
#4. Please follow the recipe in order!
Trust me when I tell you to do this! If it tells you to mix the dry ingredients first, PLEASE do that. If it tells you to add one egg at a time and mix well before adding the next egg, better do it or I promise you bad things will happen to your cake! Like, it want rise like it should, it will be heavy and dense, and it want be moist and delicious. I know this sounds crazy, but the recipe is in steps for a reason. Just do it, ok? You will be glad you did in the end. There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy on a cake to have it flop and you have to start all over again. Plus it is a huge waste of your supplies like flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc. you get the picture.
#5. Don’t open the oven!
Yep, you read that right. Don’t open the oven before the cake is done or it will sink in the middle. And you can’t fix that! Of course your kiddos will love it because they have a nice little unexpected snack. It’s always better to let it get done before you open the oven to avoid this mishap. Also, don’t let the kiddos run or stomp through the kitchen or it will make your cake sink in the middle as well. At least that’s what my mama always told me. And mama’s know best, right?🤔
#6. You will have lots of dirty dishes.
Yes, this is sooo true. But, luckily I have my hubby that is willing to help me clean up not only the dishes, but the kitchen. Let me tell you, I can make quiet a mess when I am baking, especially cakes. Give me flour and sugar and buddy it’s on. I just have to spill the flour and sugar when measuring them. My poor hubby went to the store for me (because of course I had forgotten something) and when he came back, he was like, “What in the world did you do?” There was flour from one side of my counter to the other! 😂 I said, “Well honey you know how I am with the flour and sugar, sorry!” Oh, I also get crap in the floor too.
#7. The cakes need to cool completely.
People, I promise you, you have to let the cake cool completely before you can apply the frosting or icing. It will run off if the cake is still the least bit warm. Guess who found out the hard way?😒 I know, live and learn I always say. Then I like to do a crumb coat, which is a thin layer of frosting, and put the cake in the fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This keeps all of those pesky crumbs out of your frosting. Then your cake will look wonderful.
#8. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you mess up. It’s ok. Just learn from your mistakes and keep on baking. I have been baking for years and still make mistakes. But guess what? The next time you will remember what you did wrong and correct it. Unfortunately that’s how we learn to be better bakers and become better at anything we do. We mess up, we learn and move on. So, enjoy baking and have fun with it!
I hope this helps you avoid some of the many mistakes I have made during my baking after all of these years.
I still make mistakes form time to time, but my love for baking outweighs the mistakes I have made and will continue to make. Like I said, just have fun with it and keep on baking.
Do you have any baking mistakes you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them. I wish I could find some pictures, but I can’t. I’m sure they are some where. If I find them I will share.