Kitchen Hints and Tips # 9 … How to Prevent your Cakes, Cupcakes and Muffins from Burning on the Side and Bottom …

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Do you ever find yourself wondering why your cakes, cupcakes and muffins end up being crusty or appear burnt-looking on the side and bottom?

 

It can be very frustrating but here are some simple tips that might prevent this from happening:

 

  • Change your cake tins and muffin trays to a lighter colour. Dark coloured pans absorb and reflect more heat, whereas light coloured pans absorb and reflect less, therefore, a lighter coloured pan is less likely to burn your baked goodies.

 

  • Get to know your oven. Not all ovens are the same and can heat very differently. My oven is particularly hot so I need reduce the recommended temperature of most recipes by 5 -10 degrees to get the right result. A little bit of “trial and error” will help you figure it out.

 

  • Try placing your baked items on a different oven shelf but, once again, this will be “trial and error” and getting to know your own oven. I have a fan-forced oven, which tends to heat fairly evenly so I usually to get the best result for cakes, cupcakes and muffins on the middle shelf.

 

  • Check your cooking time and adjust it if necessary. I’ve cooked countless recipes where I’ve needed to reduce the cooking time, mostly by only a minute or two, to stop my cake or muffins from being burnt and crusty but still perfect on the inside.

 

  • Always line the sides and base of your cake tins with baking paper. Not only will this make it easier to remove them but it will also reduce the likelihood of burning or a crusty texture on the outside.

 

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  • Use cupcake wrappers for your muffins as this will have the same effect as lining a cake tin.

 

  • Consider using silicon bakeware as it doesn’t tend to absorb heat in the same way as metal bakeware.

 

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  • And my last sneaky tip, prepare your muffin tray (with or without cupcake wrappers) then sit your muffin tray inside another empty muffin tray, so, in other words, double up on the trays. The bottom muffin tray will absorb the worst of the heat allowing the cupcakes or muffins to cook without burning. To achieve the same effect with a cake, sit your lined cake tin on a biscuit/cookie tray providing an extra layer to prevent the base of the cake tin from getting too hot … trust me, this works!

 

So there you have it, a few different suggestions to help you overcome the same problem. Simply choose the method that works for you and you’ll never have a burnt or crusty cake, cupcake or muffin again!

 

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