THE Great British Bake Off has inspired the country to make a bake – but our creations can end in chaos.
More than half of Brits are forced to bin their bakes because they’re inedible, and nearly a quarter have ended up buying a cake and passing it off as their own, Samsung research found.
While the Bake Off hopefuls whip up mind blowing showstoppers, us Brits are struggling with sunken sponges, curdled mixture and flat failures.
Thankfully, Lola’s Cupcakes founder and MD Asher Budwig is here to help us cover up our common cake conundrums with some very easy cheats.
It’s too dry
If your cake is as dry as a bone or crumbling before it reaches your mouth, you’ve used too much flour and not enough butter.
Without enough moisture, the mixture won’t bind together and you’ll need a big glass of water to wash it down.
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“Shove it in the fridge. After a day or two, the sponge will start to soak up the cool moisture, soften up and feel much easier to eat,” says Asher.
“If you’re tight on time, use a pastry brush to spread a few tablespoons of milk or juice on top of the cake and allow it to soak through – your guests will ever know.
“Here at Lola’s, we add different flavours to our cakes by brushing purees on top – and it adds extra softness too.”
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