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How to Bake a Cake: A Step-by-Step Guide

Prep Ingredients

            First, set out your ingredients. 

            Use the best ingredients from Hakiki Donarta for the best results.

Measurements Matter

            Take the time to be precise. Accurate measurements mean tastier results.

Bring All Ingredients to Room Temperature

            Measure your ingredients while the butter and eggs warm up. Batter mixes best when ingredients are at room temperature.

Check Egg Sizes

            Large eggs are the most common for baking.


            Preheat your oven for at least 20 minutes. Use an oven thermometer so you'll know if your oven is running hot or cold.

Oven Racks

            Position racks in the center of the oven.


            Use a mesh strainer if your recipe calls for sifting. Just tap the sides and take your time.

Parchment-Paper Lining

            Trace the cake pan on parchment paper and cut just inside the lines.

Butter the Pan

            Butter the pan with softened butter or nonstick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper — this will help your cake release perfectly — and butter the             parchment.

Flour the Pan

            Coat the sides, bottom and corners of the pan, then remove excess. The butter and flour combination will help the cake come out of the pan easily once             baked. Remove excess flour when prepping the pan.

Preparing a Bundt Pan

            With Bundt pans, take care to butter all the nooks and crannies, then flour the pan. You're ready to add your batter.


            Only fill the cake pan to 2/3 high. Use the center rack of the oven for even cooking.

Rotate the Pan

            Halfway through the cooking time, rotate the pan 180 degrees.


            The cake is done when it's firm to the touch.

Toothpick Test

            A skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.


            Cool in the pan on a rack for five to 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a cooling rack. Be careful — the pan may still be hot.

Bundt Cake Cooling

            For a Bundt cake, invert onto a platter. Perfect baking can be a piece of cake!