3 Great tips for Better Baking

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Want to feed your family fresh homemade treats more often or give your baked goods out as gifts, but feel your cookies or cakes are a bit under par... well maybe these few tips will help. #bake #cake #cookies #homemade #tips

Fresh baked peanut butter and thumbprint cookies.

1. Do your cookies need less puff and more spread? It is frustrating when your cookies either don't spread enough and end up too cake like when that's not the type you were looking for. Here are some tips that might help.

*Even a tablespoon or two of extra flour can make cookies puffier. Make sure to measure your flour using a dry measuring cup. Fill cup to overflowing, then sweep a metal spatula or flat side of a knife across the top to level and get rid of excess.

*Spread can also be controlled through the temperature of the dough. Start with softened butter for creaming and room temperature dough for baking.

*Finally, if you are not yet satisfied with the spread after baking your first sheet of cookies, try adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid, such as milk or water, to the remaining dough.

Cafe style chocolate chip cookies. Only 6 per sheet. Lots of room for spreading.

Cafe style chocolate chip cookies. Fresh from oven. Yummy!

2. Are your cakes and cookies burning or under cooked? ( or anything you use your oven for?)

A few suggestions that may help.

*First I would get a external temperature gauge to check that your temperature settings are accurate on your oven. That even tho your dial says 325 degrees, make sure it actually is that. There are ways to reset your temperature settings with your dial if your oven is off, instructions are in your manual if you have it or you can google them. I just keep a gauge like this in my oven and that works too. :)

*Another reason for over or under baking is oven rack positioning. In general oven racks should be positioned as close to the center of oven as possible. When placed on the oven rack, the top of your baked goods should be in the center of the oven. With this in mind, cakes or breads in tube pans should be placed in the lower third of oven. To allow adequate circulation when using two oven racks at a time, stagger pans and allow at least 2 inches between pans and sides of oven.

3. Do you have streaks in your denser cakes such as pound cake? If you want to prevent those sad streaks or a wet gummy bottom layer from forming in your cakes, you can try this.

*Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly, about 5 minutes! Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly adding the eggs will help create an emulsion. A well-emulsified batter will help produce a fine, evenly textured cake.

Pound Cake

I hope these few tips help you provide better treats for you and your family. Nothing beats homemade! Happy baking to you :)