How to make your cake soft and moist

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By Maureen Eugene

Making a great cake is a blend of art and science. As an art, you are concerned about creating something appealing to the eyes. As a science, you are concerned with the mixture and reactions that would yield the softness and moistness you desire, giving your cake a great taste and feel. Soft and moist cakes are not made effortlessly. You’d have to strike a balance: you don’t want to have an overly soft and moist cake, neither do you want to have a dry, tough one. To get a cake with the softness and moistness you desire, follow these tips we have outlined:

1. Do not use all-purpose flour

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If you want your cake to be all soft and moist, don't go for all-purpose flour. It doesn't support your kind of cake. Cake flour is great! The reason is that cake flour has less protein compared to all-purpose flour. It contains 7-9% protein which lessens the amount of gluten formed during mixing. All-purpose flour, which is generally used for bread, pancake batter, and muffins, usually contains a higher proportion of protein (10-12%) which can make your cake strong or hard. For a soft and fluffy cake, cake flour is recommended.

2. Enhance with sour cream 

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Sour cream gives your cake beauty and flavour. It contains a sizable amount of acid and fat, which gives the cake a fine, tender texture. Sour milk is recommended if you want to add moisture to the cake, add fat for creaminess, influence browning, and activate baking soda. It prevents having a dense cake and gives an appealing tender crumb. Note: If there is no sour milk, you may use plain yoghurt. 

3. Cream properly

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Creaming means beating butter and sugar together. The sugar gets dissolved, and the air gets trapped as tiny bubbles in the fat. Creaming is usually the first stage during baking and should be done with great care. A proper cream gives you a soft, moist cake. But be careful not to over cream. Your cake gets to have a good structure when you cream properly. 

4. Avoid overbaking your cake

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While baking in the kitchen, don't overbake. Overbaking makes your cake dry and tough. Check your cake every 30 seconds to avoid overly baked or half-baked cake. There are signs that you must follow to ensure your cake is in the right condition while baking:

  • Your cake must not stick to the side of the pan.  

  • If you gently press down on the cake and it bounces back, turn off the oven. But if your finger leaves a mark on it, then it needs more time in the oven.


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