How To Know Your Cake Is Ready

Betty's Baking Tip:

How to Know When Your Cake is Done

Learn how to tell when your cake is done with Betty Crocker™.

New to the baking game? Knowing when to pull a cake out of the oven might seem like a tricky business, but there are a few simple ways to test if your cake is fully cooked. We teach you how.

How to Know When Your Cake is Done?

  • The edges of your cake should be pulling away from the tin, just slightly. They will also look darker and more baked than the rest of the cake.
  • The top should be golden brown, if you’re baking a chocolate cake the top of it should have a matte finish.
  • Your cake should ‘spring back’. If you put a couple of fingers on your cake, and press down gently, it should naturally spring back. If your fingers leave indents, then pop your cake back in the oven for 5 minutes and check again.
  • Use a toothpick or a small knife and insert it into the centre of your cake, right to the base. When you pull it out, it should come away clean. If you pull it back and it has wet batter on it, or is a bit gummy, then the cake needs a bit longer in the oven.
  • One other way to check if your cake is cooked, is to use a thermometer and check the internal temperature of your cake. For most cakes, the centre should be around 98°C/210°F.

That’s it! With these 5 tips you should be baking perfectly cooked cakes in no time.

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