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How Long to Preheat Your Oven

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How Long to Preheat Your Oven

Preheating your oven before you bake a cake may not seem important, but if you don’t get the oven to the right temperature it can result in an undercooked or sunken cake.

How Long to Preheat Your Oven Before Baking?

In general, the rule of thumb when it comes to baking cakes is to preheat your oven to the directed temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before popping your cake in.

That extra time will pay off when you pull out your perfectly baked cake!

Why Preheat Your Oven Before Baking?

Aside from ensuring that your cake is cooked properly and doesn’t come out sunken, it’s a taste issue.
Essentially, not preheating your oven can affect the flavour of your bakes. Anything with eggs and flour really needs to be placed in the correct temperature at the beginning, as this allows for the best rise, texture and browning without making the cake burn.

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