• Do not overmix. Make sure that you mix only till the mixture is uniform and smooth. Overmixing can lead to a chewy or stiff cake.
• Make sure that the oven is preheated. If the oven is not at proper baking temperature, then the cake might come out sunken, or it will not bake properly.
• Use parchment rolls and rounds in the baking pan. Parchment paper ensures that the cake comes out of it. The baking pan is clean, without any damage. If parchment is not available, use an ample amount of butter for the greasing of the baking pan.
• Do not frequently open the oven. The temperature will reduce and it will affect the baking process. It can also lead to an uneven or sunken cake.
• Let the cake cool at room temperature. Make sure you let the cake sit outside the oven for 15-20 minutes, after baking. After cooling, transfer the cake on any flat sheet and keep it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Do not remove the cake from the baking pan immediately after taking it out of the oven, there are chances that the cake will crumble.
• Your mindset and mentality matter. While baking, be calm and relaxed. Bake a cake while you have lots of free time and a good mood. Weigh your ingredients properly, and use the same units of measurements for everything, don’t switch from grams to ounces. Invest in a kitchen scale, that will make the entire process very convenient.
· Ensure you have all your ingredients available at hand, ready to be used asap. Measure them out in advance to save time.
· Make sure the consistency of your butter is recipe appropriate. Recipes for things like pie crusts and biscuits may call for chilled butter (cold, not frozen), however, most recipes call for room temperature butter. In case you wish to use melted butter, ensure it's lukewarm before using it, or it may cook the eggs (if any).
· In case you don’t want to fumble with toothpicks to check for doneness, you could remove the cake from the oven or leave it in and gently press down on it. If the cake bounces back completely, it’s done. If your finger left a dent in the cake, it needs more time. So easy! This little trick can be used on muffins and cupcakes as well.