“Want to bake like a pro? Discover the top 18 mistakes to avoid and their easy fixes for perfect results every time!”

Although it might feel like a small-scale art form, baking is also a science. It takes great passion to create art and become a master in the science of baking. A single slip or mistake can ruin your baked goods. If you are a beginner or if you have been baking for a while, troubleshooting will help avoid common baking mistakes. This will ensure that your baking is not only edible but also that your family and friends cannot stop praising you. 

These 18 mistakes made when baking, along with their easy solutions, will help you become a master baker in no time. Read them carefully and avoid making these errors in your next baking attempt. 

Not Reading the Recipe Thoroughly

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One of the biggest mistakes bakers make is not reading the recipe all the way through before starting to bake. Every step of the recipe is usually important, and not following them can ruin your baking. All recipes should be read at least twice so you are clear on what you need to do and what ingredients, kitchen equipment, and equipment you need to have on hand.

Incorrect Measurements

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Unless you’re freewheeling in the kitchen, baking is an exact science, and the wrong quantities of an ingredient can change your end product entirely. So, if you’re going to bake, make sure you’re using a measuring cup and measuring spoon, and get a decent set, so there’s no left-over flour and such in there. Spoon flour into the cup and use a knife to level it off.

Substituting Ingredients Improperly

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While it’s tempting to switch out your ingredients, not all swaps are equal. To get the rise on your cake, don’t use baking powder where baking soda should be. If you have to use a substitute, research to make sure it won’t compromise your results. 

Not Preheating the Oven

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When baking, make sure to preheat your oven. Don’t put the batter or pastry into a cold oven, which will make it cook unevenly. Always preheat your oven first before you start baking.

Opening the Oven Door Frequently

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You can’t resist the urge to open the oven door and take a peek. But you should resist! A falling temperature might mean your cake isn’t going to be cooked through in time. Check your oven light and window instead. 

Overmixing the Batter

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Mixing ingredients too much can lead to tough, dense baked goods. Mix just until the ingredients are combined. For cakes and muffins, stop mixing once the flour is incorporated to avoid developing too much gluten.

Using Cold Ingredients

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For a lot of recipes, the required ingredients are to be brought to room temperature because the ingredients are more likely to mix better with each other and trap more air as they are mixed, which results in a lighter baked product. Get your ingredients out of the fridge at least an hour before you start baking. 

Not Sifting Dry Ingredients

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When dry ingredients such as flour or powdered sugar are mixed together, sifting helps to get an even distribution without clumps, especially if the recipe is delicate, like cakes or macarons.

Incorrect Pan Sizes

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Suppose your brownie recipe should come out of the oven after 55 minutes but you put it into a smaller pan than specified,  using a 7-inch square one instead of a 9-inch one, say. In that case, the opposite happens: the brownies now take longer to bake thoroughly or may overcook the edges.

Overcrowding the Oven

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Multiple items cooked at the same time will not cook evenly. Air must be allowed to circulate around the pans to bake evenly. When you need to bake multiple items, stagger or bake them separately.

Ignoring Cooling Times

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Cooling times are part of a recipe’s structure. If you cut into your cake too soon, the outcome would be a jumble of parts. You simply have to wait before slicing in and ruining all that you’d done or prying the cookies from the sheet in advance of their cooled state; they would stick. Follow the recipe’s cooling times to the letter. 

Using Expired Ingredients

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Though baking soda, baking powder, and yeast last a long time, a cake made with expired ingredients will be a flat one, and bread made with them will be too dense. Check the expiration dates, and always replace old ingredients regularly. 

Not Adjusting for Altitude

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Baking at high altitudes, where the pressure is lower, means that you will need to adjust both ingredients and cooking times. It is basic physics; less pressure exerted on baked goods means that they will rise too quickly, and as the outer layers are not well-linked with the center, they can collapse on themselves. You should use recipes that are adapted for the altitude or adjust your standard recipes.

Using Dull Knives

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Do you know those ideas about using a knife to cleanly cut cakes and brownies without messing it up? Well, when you’re using a dull knife, cutting those things is like sawing through cardboard. The duller your knife, the more cakes and brownies and bars are going to crumble and break apart.

Not Letting Dough Rest

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While some doughs, such as those made for cookies and bread, benefit from resting, which allows the flour to fully hydrate and the gluten to relax, improving the texture and flavor, always follow the recipe guidelines when it specifies how long a dough should rest.


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If your bake overcooks, your result will be dry and hard. Keep an eye on your bake when the end of the baking time is near, and then test using a skewer or toothpick. It should come out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. The crumbs should not be wet.

Skipping the Salt

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Salt enhances the flavor of baked goods and balances sweetness. Even if the recipe calls for a small amount, don’t skip it. A pinch of salt can make a big difference in the final taste.

Not Testing for Doneness

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Different ovens can vary in temperature accuracy, so baking times are always approximate. Use a toothpick, cake tester, or thermometer to check if your baking is done. For example, a cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Baking mistakes can be frustrating, but with attention to detail and careful preparation, you can avoid them. Remember these mistakes you make when baking next time you bake to ensure delicious and successful results. Happy baking!

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