Last Updated on January 6, 2022
How to tell if a cake is done? The cake that is baked correctly is moist and tender. In contrast, an overbaked cake is dry and tough. Likewise, it can be dense and gummy if underbaked. To tell if a cake is done correctly, there are five methods that you can use to tell if the cake is done. However, several bakers utilize a thermometer to check the baked goods' internal temperature to know if they are finished baking.
However, this method is not reliable since cakes have different internal temperatures at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, pound cakes, and butter cakes have about 210°F when they are completely baked. But, it is not always the case since it is not guaranteed to tell if the cake is done through internal temperature alone.
Methods For How To Tell If A Cake Is Done
Golden Brown Top
You can tell if the cake is usually done if it is golden brown. With that, it is a sign that is it is excellently baked. Moreover, it can turn deep golden brown or light honey color depending on the cake recipe. The more sugar is in the recipe, the browner the cake will be when it is finished.
Likewise, the edges should have a somewhat darker shade, like a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Also, the center must have developed some color as well. That is why search for golden brown edges when you are making a white or vanilla cake.
If It Smells Pleasant
Essentially, the cake is almost done if you can smell it. However, if you cannot sense any aroma, it often requires more time in the oven. You will know for sure if the cake is done if you find yourself smelling the aroma of sugar and butter in the kitchen. In addition to that, the scent of vanilla usually smells sweet.
Moreover, chocolate cake gives off its signature aroma with a hint of coffee once it is baked correctly. Similarly, it can remind you of hot chocolate and s'mores.
Use the Toothpick/Paring Knife Test
In the center of the cake, insert a toothpick to know if the crumb has set. If it comes out with crumbs clinging to it or gummy, the cake requires more time in the oven. In contrast, if the toothpick comes out clean, then you can tell that the cake is finished.
Although, consider utilizing a paring knife that reveals underbaked crumbs effectively. Hence, a knife is useful if you are baking a quick bread or cake created from thick batters such as a loaf of banana bread or pound cake.
You Can Tell If The Cake Is Done If It Springs Back
It is best to press it gently on the center of the cake with a few fingers to observe if it springs back. However, the cake is not done baking if your fingers leave little indents. Please put it in the oven for five minutes before rechecking it.
Moreover, a great sign that the crumb structure has set if the cake springs back to your touch. With that, the cake is completely baked. Afterward, you can take out the cake from the oven and let it rest on a rack till the recipe instructs you to turn it out of the baking pan.
The Edges pull away
The edges or sides will have pulled away from the pan when the cake is done. Once the cake is close to the end of the bake time, peer through the oven. Then, check the edges of the cake. Hence, the cake's edges are the initial sign that it has set and become entirely baked. Likewise, they shrink inward as the crumb tightens and the rest of the cake bakes.
Moreover, a small gap will develop between the sides of the cake, and the pan is almost finished baking if you have greased the cake pan on the sides. In addition to that, the gap might be little, around ⅛ inch, and ¼ inch is okay. With that, this indicates that the outside portion of the cake is completely baked. Similarly, the center probably is too.
It is best to understand that when making a sponge cake such as an angel food cake, this test will not be as effective because usually, it does not to be greased in the sides of the pan. As a result, the cake will stick to the baking pan's sides even though it has been completely baked. It will provide cake support in the process. However, it means that you cannot look for the edges pulling away to indicate that the cake is done.
If the information above was useful, don't forget to share it!
Zarah is an experienced pastry chef whose creations have delighted countless customers. With a passion for baking, Zarah has developed a unique style that combines classic techniques with modern flavors. Her desserts are consistently crafted with the finest ingredients, and her attention to detail is evident in the stunning and delectable results. Zarah has a wealth of experience in the pastry kitchen, and loves to share her knowledge with others. Whether it is teaching a class or creating a custom cake for a special occasion, Zarah is committed to making sure every customer is satisfied.