Common Mistakes Made While Baking

  • You don’t read the recipe or follow it carefully, or you substitute ingredients.
  • Use room temperature butter.
  • Preheat oven.
  • You don’t weigh your ingredients.
  • You dunk your measuring cup into flour and pack it. Spoon it into your measuring cup.
  • You bake warm or room temperature cookie dough rather than cooling it first.
  • You crack your eggs on the side of the bowl rather than on the countertop.
  • You throw all your ingredients together at once and mix them without thinking about their order.
  • You forgo using an electric mixer because you think arm power is suitable for everything.
  • And even if you are using a mixer, you are mixing things incorrectly or are making the mistake of over-mixing, which will make your product tough.
  • You don’t sift your dry ingredients prior to mixing, which leaves large clumps behind.
  • You use cold ingredients (like butter and eggs) even though the recipe calls for them to be room temperature.
  • You use salted butter when your recipe specifically calls for unsalted butter.
  • You throw your batter into a pan without preparing the pan first.
  • You constantly open and close the oven door and have yet to invest in an oven thermometer.
  • You frost hot cakes and always end up making a huge mess.
  • You skip the crumb coat when decorating a cake and don’t add simple syrup to keep your cake moist.
  • You stack cakes without giving them the proper support.
  • You skip out on salt when it’s called for.
  • And finally, you add a bunch of food coloring into your buttercream before letting the color develop.