Follow These 3 Essential Rules for Perfect Baked Goods Every Time

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, February 10, 2016

Rachael Ray Show

Aired February 10, 2016

If you want to make perfectly baked cakes, cookies and breads every time, there are some simple but important rules you need to know.

Rule No. 1: Always Measure Your Dry Ingredients Properly

The best way to measure your dry ingredients properly is to over fill your measuring cup and then scrape off the excess. Do this by spooning your dry ingredient into the cup and, using the flat side of a butter knife, scrape (or level) the flour off the top.

Tip: Level your dry ingredients over a sheet of parchment for easier clean-up and less waste!

Rule No. 2: Always Use Room Temperature Ingredients in Your Batter

Using cold butter, eggs or milk will cause your batter to be lumpy, leaving you with a baked cake with a lot of air holes in it. Ensure your baking ingredients are room temperature for the ideal batter consistency and a perfectly baked cake.

Tip: To make room temperature eggs in a pinch, simple place the eggs into a bowl, cover them with warm water and let them set for 5 minutes or until they are no longer cold.

Rule No. 3: Preheat Your Oven

Before you place any baked good into the oven, make sure your oven is hot.

Tip: If you’re notorious for forgetting to preheat your oven, try this Cold Oven Pound Cake!

Which of these rules have you been known to break? Share below!