Make Soft And Moist Cakes And Cupcakes Every Time With This Baking Hack
This is game-changing.
Did you know that sour cream is a game-changing ingredient when you're baking cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and other baking recipes?
Sour cream is¬†not a regular item on major supermarket chiller¬†shelves,¬†and it can be quite¬†expensive, too. When it is available, however, we always feel like we should be hoarding this precious cream for all of our baking and cooking recipes!¬†
What makes sour cream such a valuable ingredient? It's¬†a great substitute for¬†real buttermilk, which is also acidic.¬†Here are a few delicious reasons to use sour cream in your baking recipes:¬†
1 Sour cream balances the¬†sweet¬†flavor of the cake.¬†
Sour cream is acidic and while this helps the cake batter rise together with a leavening agent¬†like baking soda, it¬†also adds a complexity of flavor to your cakes with its sour flavor. This balances the sweetness the sugar adds¬†to the recipe without making your cake taste sour. The slight sourness tempers both the sweetness and the overall taste of your cake, making it¬†taste¬†more flavorful.¬†
You can even add a bit of sour cream to your frosting instead of fresh milk so its consistency¬†stays firmer than when you use a more liquid ingredient.¬†
2 Sour cream¬†keeps cake moist.¬†
Sour cream is naturally thicker than milk, and it is this characteristic of cream that¬†keeps your cakes more moist as it bakes. It's also got more fat¬†content than fresh milk or even buttermilk and this extra dairy fat will ensure that your cake stays as soft and moist as it can possibly be.¬† ¬†
3 Sour cream makes cakes more tender with a finer crumb.¬†
It's a good thing that¬†sour cream has more fat than milk. This is because¬†the more fat content your cake has, the more tender it will be. (Think of the pork belly cut¬†which has¬†more fat layers than the pigue or kasim.)¬†
It will also yield a¬†finer crumb.¬†What does a "fine crumb" mean? All it really means is that there are smaller pockets of air in¬†the cake batter,¬†resulting in cakes that are¬†softer, more tender, and seemingly lighter than cakes made with¬†fresh¬†milk or water.¬†
4¬†Sour cream makes cakes feel heavier.¬†
This may not seem like a good thing but if you compare¬†the same cake recipe but one is made with milk and one made with sour¬†cream, you'll notice two things:¬†you'll see that the sour cream cake version will feel heavier but when you bite into it,¬†it's¬†actually still¬†light in texture.
This heft means that it won't fall apart easily when you pick it up and that it will hold onto its shape better than one that is¬†so soft, it's hard to manage. This is a quality you want when making tall cakes such as bundt cakes or layered cakes that will need some weight to withstand another layer placed on top of it.¬†
Need to know how to make sour cream an ingredient in your baking recipes? Take cues from these tips:
- 1 When¬†the recipe calls for fresh¬†milk, substitute half the amount with sour cream.¬†
- 2 When the recipe calls for yogurt or buttermilk, substitute the full amount with sour cream.¬†
There are many ways to make your favorite recipes better, more flavorful, and even more¬†delicious than it already is. So, if you're looking to make your recipe¬†a little bit better, swap out some of the milk¬†called for in the recipe with sour cream.¬†See if sour cream can make a game-changing difference in your baked recipes, too.¬†