Does opening the oven make the solar cake? See what NOT to do in cake recipes!

opening the oven makes the solar cake

Does opening the oven makes the solar cake? The answer is yes. If you’ve heard that expression, you can believe it!

Preparing a cake recipe is a process full of rules that must be strictly followed, otherwise everything will go wrong. If you are starting in this universe full of flavor and creative experiences, I have separated some tips that will help you a lot. Check out!

What happens when you open the oven ahead of time?

opening the oven makes the solar cake

Everything is the fault of the yeast. In this post here I speak specifically of 2 types of yeasts that exist on the market. Each of them has its particularity and directly influence this issue.

If you use a yeast that starts to ferment soon after coming in contact with the other ingredients, the dough should be taken to the oven immediately. Both yeasts, intensify the fermentation process with the heat of the oven. That is why it is so important to preheat the oven to 180º for at least 15 minutes.

If the oven is not hot enough and the yeast has already started to work when mixed with the other ingredients, without a doubt, the cake will go solar the moment you put it in the oven.

The oven will not be hot to continue the process, so it is stopped abruptly. The dough will lose all its structure and will no longer have the strength to restore. The same thing happens when we open the oven ahead of time.

After how long can you open the oven?

As much as the yeast starts to act immediately when we put it in the dough, it still needs a long time to reach the limit of development. Not only that, temperature is critical to keeping the cake tall and soft.

To bake the cake dough developed by the yeast, it is necessary to 30 minutes. This is the safety limit, regardless of the type of yeast you use.

The ideal oven time to bake the dough correctly will always be 180º. I’ve seen cases of people who have different ovens, that is, they do not have the option of 180º. In this case, you can even start cooking at 200º, but the total time of the recipe must be reduced from 10 to 15 minutes, otherwise the cake will certainly burn or become super dry.

In general, hold back the anxiety and wait until the end of the recipe without opening the oven. No need to worry, your cake will be ready in 35 minutes. It takes 5 to 10 minutes for the cake to brown, depending on the power of your oven.

Then, the cake will come out perfect in 35 to 40 minutes, exactly what the simple cake recipes. Of course, there are recipes with more liquid dough or with many ingredients that need extra time to consolidate the dough.

It is the case of carrot cake. The dough is very creamy and sometimes liquid. So, you need at least 45 minutes to get to the right spot. If you open the oven in 30 minutes, for example, you will have a dough without any structure and undercooked.

What to do for non-solar cake?

Now that you know you can’t open the oven before 30 minutes, it’s the first step to not letting that happen.

The second step, which I recommend, is to beat the cake in your hand, as this will help a lot to make the dough more structured. Today it is much easier to make cake like this because of the composition of wheat flour. In fact, I have it here on the blog 7 practical tips for making a perfect cake by hand. Be sure to check it out, you will like it!

Another reason that makes the solar cake is the addition of more liquids in the dough. The measure needs to be strictly balanced. If you add more dry ingredients, your cake may crumble or become too dry.

On the other hand, if you have more liquids you can have a single, heavy or raw cake in the middle. That is why it is always important to choose medium sized eggs. The measure of milk or water will always be from 1 cup (tea) to 3 cups (tea) of wheat flour. So, you can’t go wrong!

Applying all these techniques, I am sure that your cake will come out incredibly perfect and with all that homemade cake flavor. I really hope you liked it and that I helped you. Share the tips!

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