The Top 10 Reasons Your Last Cake Failed

Baking Tips - Why Did You Cake Fail

It happens to everyone… You do everything right (or you think you did) and the cake still doesn’t turn out like the picture that was with the recipe! It really doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try that desired delicacy again – and I do hope that these explanations why it can happen will help you!

Top 10 Causes of Cake Failure:

1. Cake Falling:

  • Too much shortening or sugar
  • Too low an oven temperature
  • Insufficient baking
  • Too much batter in the pan
  • Moving cake during baking

2. Undersized Cake:

  • Too large a pan
  • Too hot na oven

3. Moist, Sticky Crust:

  • Too much sugar
  • Insufficient baking

4. Thick, Heavy Crust:

  • Over baking
  • Too hot an oven
  • Not enough shortening or sugar
  • Too much flour

5. Peaks or Cracks on Top:

  • Too hot an oven
  • Over mixing
  • Too much flour

6. Soggy Layer or Streak at Bottom:

  • Insufficient mixing
  • Too much sugar or baking powder

7. Heavy, Compact Texture:

  • Over mixing
  • Too much sugar, shortening or liquid
  • Too low an oven temperature
  • Insufficient baking

8. Dry Cake:

  • Not enough shortening, liquid or sugar
  • Too much flour
  • Overbeating egg whites
  • Over baking

9. Tunnels or Large Holes:

  • Over mixing
  • Uneven distribution

10. Uneven Shape:

  • Uneven heat of oven
  • Cake not level
  • Pan warped

Hope this helps you and please send in your comments and suggestions – your imput is always welcomed!


About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

milyn bergancia - August 19, 2013

hi..thanks for this suggestions…it help us a lot….me and my cousins learn some causes and failure of cakes………

my teacher told us to search this topic…….ty….:)