Why Does the Cake Burn at the Bottom?

Baking is so much fun if you know how to do it right. If you’re wondering why your cake burns at the bottom, then I might be able to help you out.

I have had a fair share of failures at baking cakes, but I kept on digging it and found something useful that turned this around.

Let me be honest with you guys: it didn’t happen on a whim, but instead, I tried baking cake several times before I mastered it.

If you’re struggling with baking or cooking, don’t worry about it because it’s going to be fine. You might fail a few times, but eventually, you’ll figure it out.

I’m saying all this because this is what exactly happens to me.

So without any further ado, let’s get right into this.

3 Reasons Why Your Cake is Burning at the Bottom

Let’s dig deeper into this and find out the reasons why you’re failing at baking:

1. High-temperature oven 

A high-temperature oven isn’t just a cake spoiler, but it could also be a mood-killer. Pay close attention to the oven temperature. You’ll be taught this very lesson in a baking course as well.

One of the things I noticed while watching “The Great British Bake Off” on Netflix is that the bakers keep an eye on the oven. They check the heat and food in the oven from time to time. You might want to preheat the oven and slow it down after 20 to 30 minutes of baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

As far as heat or temperature management is concerned, you should know what the baking item requires and how you should use the specific oven. The bottom line is that a high-temperature oven could burn the cake instead of baking it, so keep an eye on the cake.

2. No oiling on the pan

One of the essentials of baking a cake is greasing the pan. All you need is to use a tablespoon of cooking oil to grease the pan so that it doesn’t make the cake sticky. Thus, it would be easier for you to bake the cake.

On the other hand, if you don’t oil the pan before pouring the batter into it, then chances are, your cake is burning at the bottom or sides. I have made this very mistake at least two times, and both of the times, I regretted it.

3. Too close to the burner

It shouldn’t surprise you if you forget something during baking, especially if you’re a beginner baker. I used to forget greasing the pan. Anyway, the third reason why your cake might get burned at the bottom is that you’re keeping the cake pan too close to the burner.

Usually, there are two burners in both the freestanding gas range and slide-in gas range. There is one on the top and the other at the bottom. The top one is mostly used for bringing the color to the baked item, whereas the bottom burner is used for baking.

So the point is that if you keep the pan too close to the top burner while bringing the color to the cake, it could burn the cake from the sides or bottom.

How Would You Avoid Burning the Cake?

The way I started avoiding cake burning is that I keep an eye on the cake while baking it. Plus, I decrease the temperature halfway through the baking. It may take 10 to 15 minutes more than usual, but it saves your cake from burning at the bottom.

Moreover, oiling the pan goes a long way. So don’t compromise on this one. Additionally, you could use specific baking pans to seal the deal.

How would you avoid burning the cake at the bottom?

Let me know in the comments below.  

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