Before you begin baking, always read through the entire recipe. Once you’ve done this, it’s always a good idea to gather all of your ingredients, utensils & cookware to make sure you have everything that you’ll need (super easy with your SoBakeable box!). While following your recipe, read your method very carefully & follow techniques listed, such as slicing or shredding, as this will make a big difference to the end result of your bake.
Always preheat your oven before baking, this means turning it on about 15 minutes before you’ll need it. Wait for your oven to reach the necessary temperature before putting your bakes in it (most new ovens beep when they reach temperature). Place your bakes in the middle of the oven away from the sides & on the middle rack.
Never open the oven before your bakes are almost ready! See our Better Baking Series for more details on this. Leave your bakes in the oven when testing for doneness, when a skewer comes out clean from the center of the cake – it’s done!
Room temperature ingredients
Recipes often call for ingredients like eggs, butter & milk to be at room temperature, don’t ignore this step!
Room temperature ingredients come together more easily than cold ingredients & form an emulsion that traps air. While baking, the trapped air expands, giving you fluffy & evenly baked goods. Cold ingredients don’t come together as easily (or sometimes at all) & can often lead to disaster in the kitchen!
Generally speaking, if the recipe calls for room temperature butter, the rest of your ingredients should be at room temperature as well. For more details on the temperature of ingredients, check out our Better Baking Series.
To bring your ingredients to room temperature, take them out of the fridge about an hour before you’ll need them.
Some tricks if you’re short on time:
Chop up your butter into small pieces, this will bring it to room temperature faster (even microwave it in short bursts if you need – but make sure you watch it very carefully!).
Put your eggs in a bowl of lukewarm water for 15 minutes – make sure your water is not too hot, or it will cook your eggs!
Yours in baking success,
The Sobakeable Team