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Follow your recipe step by step, measuring ingredients as accurately as possible and adding them in the order specified. Most cake recipes begin by combining dry ingredients like flour, cocoa and baking powder, then adding wet ingredients like eggs, milk and oil.

Mix the cake batter as specified on the recipe, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Once all ingredients are added and the batter is fully mixed, pour it evenly into your prepared pans and set them in the preheated oven to bake. Only fill pans 2/3 of the way full as the cake will rise during baking.

Close the oven door, set your timer to the time specified in the recipe and wait. Resist the urge to open the oven door – heat will escape and may cause the cake to fall.

Once the timer goes off, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick, wooden skewer or cake tester into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with only a few small crumbs on it, the cake is done. If not, put it back in the oven for another 4-5 minutes.

Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 15-30 minutes.

When the cake has cooled, run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the sides, place the wire rack over the top of the pan, invert it and tap lightly to remove the cake. Let it cool completely before decorating.

Frost and decorate as desired and enjoy.

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  • If you use self-rising flour, do not add baking powder.
  • Measure as accurately as possible. A few tablespoons of missing or extra flour can have dramatic undesired effects on the finished cake.
  • Let the cake cool before you try to remove it from the pan. If you attempt to take it out too early, the cake may fall apart.
  • Read and re-read the recipe and instructions often while you are mixing the ingredients. Pay close attention to the details to make sure you don't miss any key steps or ingredients.
  • Use high quality, heavy duty aluminum baking pans for even heating and best results.
  • When retrieving your cake from the oven, make sure to use oven mitts or protective gloves to ensure you don't burn your hands.
  • When using the oven, keep small children and pets out of the way.
  • Oven temperatures vary, so keep a close eye on your cake to make sure it doesn't overbake.


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