This Is An Important Step You Shouldn't Skip When Baking Cake

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Slicing into a cake that you made from scratch is definitely satisfying. We all know wonderful and highly personal it is it to bake a cake for yourself or your family and friends! Homemade cakes make wonderful treats that show that you really do care for whom you are baking that cake for. 

What's not so wonderful are the little blemishes that might mar the cake. Whether on the inside or the outside, a not-so-perfect cake can ruin your happy baking high and leave you feeling a little less accomplished. 

That's what might happen if you sliced into one of your cakes only to find a giant hole in the cake. You might be confused as to how that hole got there in the first place! It might be that the baking powder or soda wasn't sifted and or you left a big glob of meringue unmixed in your batter. 


These can all be the culprit of that giant air pocket you find in your cake, but we think this is the problem: you didn't tap your cake. What we mean about "tapping" the cake is simply dropping (Yes, dropping!) or tapping your cake pan on the countertop a few times to release the air bubbles that might have become trapped in the cake batter when you poured it into the pan.  

How do you prevent air bubbles in cake batter? 

This cake baking tip is one you shouldn't skip to prevent those giant air bubbles from marring the delicate and fine texture of your cake. Plus, it's a simple and easy task! 

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Here's what you do:

  1. 1. Make your cake batter as instructed.
  2. 2. Pour the cake batter into your prepared cake pan. 
  3. 3. Grasping the sides of the cake pan firmly, lift it up from the countertop about 2 to 3 inches. 
  4. 4. Drop the cake pan onto the countertop gently. 
  5. 5. Repeat Step 3 and 4 two to three more times. 
  6. 6. Bake your cake as instructed. 

After you do this, you may find a few air bubbles literally pop up to the surface and burst!   

While cakes are the most prone to trapping air bubbles in the cake batter, thick batters such as brownie batters can also benefit from this tip. You want to do this to brownie batter to help the thick batter settle into the pan more evenly.


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