If you’ve ever made a cake before, you know how easy it can be to mess up.
And when you do, it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth.
There are so many cake-making methods out there, and so many ways to go wrong, that it’s impossible to know which one will work for you.
So we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes and tricks you can avoid.
Read on to find out which of the 10 most common cake mistakes are worth your time, and which ones are just plain bad.
Using too much butter When butter is used in cake batter, you want the batter to have a nice, buttery texture.
You want to leave a nice and even thickness on the top of the cake.
A bit of butter on top of a cake will not do this.
If you’re using too much, the cake will spread, so you’ll end up with a dry, dry cake.
Too much icing When icing a cake, the icing needs to be a thin, glossy layer.
This is called “glue” icing.
Glue icing is the easiest way to achieve this, and it can even be used to make your own icing.
This technique is ideal for those who like to make cakes in the kitchen and want to create an authentic taste.
You don’t need to be an expert in cake-mixing, but if you’ve made cake before and want a quick and easy way to create icing, this technique will make a big difference.
Not using enough flour If you use too much flour in your icing, you’ll get an uneven cake.
This will also make your cake too thin and will leave a dry cake with a slight runny layer.
Not mixing your cake evenly Use too much icing on top and too little icing on the bottom.
You can add a bit more flour in the middle to give a more even finish, but too much will also leave a runny cake.
Not adding enough water If you add too much water to your cake batter (which is the icing that’s used to apply the icing), it will make your cakes too wet and dry.
Not putting enough flour in flour batter There’s no point in adding too much to your flour batter.
It will just be a white paste.
But if you add it too much or too little, it will give your cake an uneven texture.
Not sprinkling flour on the cake The sprinkling of flour on top makes your cake stick together when you frost it.
This isn’t good for the cake, so avoid this if you can.
Not pouring water into the cake when you fill the cupcake tin with water The sprinkles on top make it impossible to get a cake down to the bottom when you’re filling the cupcakes.
This doesn’t work with other cake ingredients, like icing, so make sure you get the sprinkles in right before frosting the cup.
Not frosting when you need to Frost The frosting is the last thing you need after you have made your cake.
It doesn’t add anything to the cake and you’ll just end up having to add more icing later.
Not icing correctly The icing on your cake is the thin layer that the cake dries and hardens when you pour it in the cup and then pour it into the oven.
When you frost a cake this way, it’ll be slightly harder, and you won’t have a layer of icing on each side of the cup that can hold the cake in place.
Make sure to frost your cake according to the instructions on the tin.