Q&A

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

Deflating sponge cake
16 Sep 2019 - Anneka Manning

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

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?
Curdled butter and sugar mixtures
06 Jun 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Why do creamed butter and sugar mixtures often curdle when eggs are added?
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?
Different size eggs
08 May 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: What size egg is best to use in baking and if my eggs are larger will it make much of a difference to a cake recipe?
The different sugars
08 May 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: What is the difference between caster sugar and white sugar?
Mixing spoons
08 May 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: Why do some recipes state a specific spoon, like a wooden spoon, to mix the ingredients?
Fan-forced oven setting
12 Apr 2019 - Anneka Manning
Q: I don’t completely understand how the fan-forced setting on my oven works. Can you explain please?