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6 Stages of Baking

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We’ve put together 6 basic phases of baking for any baker to get a better grasp of how to make their baking more smooth, effective, and of course more delicious.

Assorted baking supplies including egg whites, whole eggs, and a wooden spatula

Prep Well

The first step in baking a cake is to double-check that you have all of the ingredients you'll need such as baking powder, sugar, etc. Precision, in the same way, is crucial. In comparison to estimating volume with cups and spoons, weighing ingredients on a kitchen scale is much more precise. Assemble all of your materials in the work area at room temperature. Preheat the oven and have your pans ready for the following step. Use cupcake pans that have been greased and floured. You may also use paper liners as an alternative. Before greasing and flouring, line circular cake pans with waxed paper.

Cupcakes with blue frostings on a serving plate

Choose Interestingly

To make your recipe more fun, tasty, and wonderful, try different mixes from the Pillsbury range. This seems so simple and apparent, yet it's easy to forget when your mind is racing through the details of baking. Baking, like many other aspects of life, works best when you keep things simple. Select recipes based on the types of desserts you require. Based on your recipe, before you begin blending, always place all of your ingredients on the table. You won't forget anything this way. And you won't over-or under-mix ingredients while scouring for ingredients or tools.

Choose interesting recipes and experiment seasonally. Keep your menu consistent but interesting so that customers keep coming back!

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Mix adequately

Mixing involves steps like
cutting in or cutting out,
The texture and color of the batter should now be consistent. If not, keep beating until consistency is achieved. Alternatively, divide the ingredients in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and whip or whisk and fold.

Cake in the oven

4. Bake correctly

The flour gives your cake its structure. It caramelizes while baking, giving in a wonderful brown crusty top. Furthermore, when sugar absorbs moisture, your cake stays moist and tasty for days. Baking powder acts as a leavening agent, generating gas fumes that increase the volume of your cake. The integration of air into the cake gives it volume and even more when aided with oils. Eggs help the flour contribute structure to the cake by coagulating during baking. The cake's liquid (milk) dissolves the sugar, provides the batter consistency, and keeps the oven temperature consistent.

Follow the exact steps provided in the recipe. Know that, there is a reason why a recipe instructs you to preheat the oven, prepare your baking pans, and so on. This gives you just enough time to do things like preheating, measuring, sifting, creaming, and so on. Every professional baker needs to follow all the steps in spite of decades of experience.

Cake cooling on a cooling rack

Cool efficiently

Before trying to take the cake from its pan, allow it to cool on a rack for the time specified in the recipe which is usually 15-20 minutes. Or allow at least 10 minutes for the cake to cool before removing it from the pan and putting it on a cooling rack. Using a knife, cut your cake into pieces. More layers enable more air to enter the cake, causing it to cool faster. Also, refrigerate or freeze your cake to keep it fresh.

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Enjoy sufficiently

Now, your baked good is ready to be consumed. Also, don't forget to use Pillsbury Professional cake mixes for all your professional baking needs. Consistent, high quality, and versatile! Follow your heart and head right to the kitchen to bake whatever you want, whatever you love, using these simple 6 baking steps.

Happy Baking!