Why Didn’t My Cake Rise?

When baking a cake, there is little worse than the disappointment of a cake that failed to rise. If you keep being beset with shrunken flat sponges that look nothing like the picture in your recipe book, it’s time to work out what’s going wrong, so check out the common cake problems below that cause many people’s sponges to go south.
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How to Soften Butter

When making cakes, you always need to make sure your butter is nice and soft. This is to ensure it combines fully with the rest of your baking ingredients to give a delicious well-risen cake.

If, like us, you prefer to use proper butter, using this simple technique to soften your butter will allow it to blend fully with the sugar and other dry ingredients that go into your cake. Butter that has not been sufficiently softened can leave small lumps of butter that make your baked cake greasy and the uncombined sugar can crystalise giving a crispy edge to your cake.

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