Q&A

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

Sunken Melt-and-mix Cakes
14 Nov 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Why is it important to not add hot liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients when using the melt-and-mix method?
My Cake Rose Significantly
15 Oct 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: My cake rose significantly in the middle, and not so much on the sides... is that caused by the oven temp?
Curdled Buttercream
15 Oct 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: My buttercream curdled after I added some milk to soften it. Why did this happen?
Storing your baking
16 Sep 2019 - Anneka Manning

Q: It is often suggested to store baked goods in airtight containers. Are all airtight containers the same? Also, should I store my baking in the fridge or at room temperature?

- Bron Rademaker, Baking Foundations online course student  

Dry or thick mixtures
16 Sep 2019 - Anneka Manning

Q: Why do my oat-based mixtures often become dry?

A: There are two main reasons why an oat-based mixture (like Anzac biscuits or oat bread) can thicken too much and become dry:

Deflating sponge cake
16 Sep 2019 - Anneka Manning

Q: Why did my sponge cake deflate halfway through baking?

A: Because sponge cakes are based on a high proportion of eggs (which gives them a relatively flexible structure) and they contain a large amount of air, when they cool after baking they do deflate more than other types of cakes – if you watch carefully you will notice them pulling away from the sides of the tin and losing some of their height almost immediately after they are removed from the oven.

Regular Cocoa Or Dutch Cocoa Powder
16 Aug 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Is cocoa powder or Dutch cocoa powder best to use in your baking and why?
Does Flour Go Off
16 Aug 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: If flour is past its 'best before date' does this matter?
Why You Tap Cake Tins Before Baking
16 Aug 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Should I tap the cake tin on the bench before baking?
Split Whipped Cream
16 Aug 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Why does whipped cream sometimes separate if you keep it in the fridge before using?
Difference between Greek yoghurt and natural yoghurt
06 Jun 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: What is the difference between using Greek yoghurt and natural yoghurt when baking a cake?
Shelf life of baking powder
08 May 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: How long can you keep baking powder for?