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Cooking Hacks: 10 Important Cooking Steps We Often Miss

Biting into a decadent piece of chocolate is simply indescribable! The way the chocolate cake and frosting melt in your mouth is heaven for dessert lovers. Our go-to method for enjoying scrumptious baked goods is to order, as our past baking experiences have made us dread spoiling dessert. The reason for this is that people tend to skip some of the simplest but most important cooking steps out of laziness. These are the steps that are the game-changer in baking, turning your lumpy cake into a moist, gooey delight! Follow these baking tips and have the perfect cake in no time.

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Here are 10 important cooking steps we tend to overlook

1. Coat the dried fruit and chocolate chips before adding the batter

Before adding dried fruit or chocolate chips to the batter, just coat them in flour. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom and ensure the toppings are dispensed in the evening.

2. Take the cookies out of the oven when the edges have hardened

If you want the perfect cookie, don’t fully bake it. You’ll get the crunchy outside and the soft inside, just the way we like them!

3. Don’t forget to add salt to the recipe

Most people think it’s weird to add salt to desserts like cake or brownie, but salt enhances the flavors and balances them out. Adding salt does not make the cake salty.

4. Cool the cake before removing it from the baking dish

Allow cake to cool completely before removing baked cake from pan. If you try to remove it while it’s hot, the cake could break or the frosting could melt the moment it touches the cake.

5. Fold the dough, do not mix it

People tend to assume that folding and mixing are the same thing and end up mixing the flour into the dough rather than folding it. This leaves pockets of raw flour in the batter which appear later in the baked cake, spoiling the taste of the cake.

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6. Sift flour, cocoa powder, etc. before adding to the batter

When we don’t sift the dry ingredients before adding them, it can cause lumps to form in the batter and prevent the cake from rising properly. This can also lead to flour pockets

7. Break the cake pan before putting it in the oven

After pouring the cake batter into the pan, simply bang the cake pan against the kitchen counter a few times. This will help remove any air bubbles that may have formed in the material and help you achieve an even, smooth cake top and texture.

8. Test the cake with a toothpick

Rather than taking the cake out in the middle of baking, just prick it with a toothpick to check if it’s ready or not. If you take the cake out and it’s still raw, the change in temperature can ruin the cake.

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9. Make sure the ingredients are at the right temperature

Often some recipes call for room temperature butter or chilled eggs, make sure this is the case. The temperatures of the ingredients therefore affect the taste and appearance of the cake or cookie.

10. Freeze Cookie Dough Before Baking

Most cookie recipes state that the cookie dough should be frozen before baking in a preheated oven. This keeps the butter from melting so much in the oven, retains its shape.

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