Have you always craved after those fluffy and moist cakes bought at Christmas or birthdays and wished if your baked cakes could come out like those? If you have felt this, you are not alone. Millions of people want to bake cakes that turn out as fluffy and moist as the cakes sold at the shops but few can achieve that. However, your cake can have those qualities if you adhere to some useful baking tricks. It does not matter whether you bake a vanilla or chocolate cake, your cakes will remain moist and soft while retaining a crispy exterior if you follow these tips.
- Using fruit puree or mashed fruit – Using fruit puree like mashed ripe bananas or applesauce can be useful to bake cakes that remain moist. You should ideally use these purees in lieu of half of the oil or butter. The fruit puree contains fiber that soaks in moisture and the bakes cake remains soft for longer. Of course, the cake will turn out denser than usual.
- Allowing cake to cool– No matter what ingredient you use for baking the cake, always allow it to rest in a container after baking is done. Let it cool for a while before taking out. This will allow the exterior of the cake to become crispy and harder. A cake that is soft may crumble or break into pieces if you want to take it out immediately after baking is over.
- Using layers of cream– A good technique to keep cake moist is using a moist filling like whipped cream between layers of the cake. The moisture in the cream will help keep the cake softer. After the layers are organized, you may store the cake in the fridge. You may use two or three layers of cream for an average sized cake.
- Do not bake for too long– To ensure your baked cakes turn out soft and moist, refrain from over baking. The recipes have a specific cooking time mentioned, in general. However, before the last few minutes, check for doneness using a toothpick. A ready cake will spring back when pinched.
- Take only egg yolk– Eggs are near compulsory ingredients to bake cakes though you can find recipes for eggless cakes. Be careful not to use egg whites to avoid making cakes that turn out dry. Expert bakers just take the yolk of the egg to evade this.
- Bake a day back– To offer cakes to guests for an occasion, you could make it a day earlier. The trick lies in refrigerating it and thawing it in a proper way. After the baking is done, wrap the cake in plastic layers and put in the refrigerator. Use two plastic layers if possible. The plastic wrap will stick to the cake’s body. Before two to three hours of serving take it out and keep at room temperature. The condensation created earlier will now soak back into the cake, thus making it moist!
- Use brown sugar– Some people have achieved better results in baking cakes by using brown sugar instead of white sugar. It reportedly raises moisture levels.
- Texture of batter– The batter should not be too dense or liquid like. It should flow slowly and fill up a little more than two third of the baking pan.
- Pre-heating the oven– No matter what type of cake you bake, you will do better by pre-heating the oven. Pre-heat the cake oven or microwave for 3 minutes or so before placing the baking pan inside. This ensures when you put in the pan, the oven interior is at the ideal temperature.