Tell me if this sounds familiar: it's way past your bedtime the night before a birthday party or bake sale and you're gazing down at the worst batch of cupcakes you've ever seen.
They've somehow managed to overflow the tin while still collapsing in the middle, the bottoms are burned, and they taste like cardboard. Somewhere along the line, you've made a terrible mistake.
I may not be able to help you with that specific batch of cupcakes, but here are some of the most common mistake made when baking and how to avoid them.
1. Letting your brown sugar become rock hard.
2. Giant domed tops are making your layer cakes wonky.
3. But what about when your cookies end up too tall?
4. With every batch, your cookie bottoms are more burnt.
5. Make sure your butter is in the correct state for your recipe.
7. And so does the temperature of your ingredients!
8. Your egg white foam always deflates.
9. You can't always just swap the "all purpose" for "gluten-free."
11. Don't use too much liquid in your pastry crusts.
12. There's no substitute for sugar when working with yeast.
13. Baking soda and baking powder aren't interchangeable.
14. Using expired leaveners raises no one's spirits.
15. Opening the oven too early to check on things.
16. Always read the recipe all the way through first. Carefully.
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