10 Secrets to Baking Perfect Cakes

Toss boxed cake mixes to the side and conquer your fear of homemade cakes with our secrets to baking the perfect cake.

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10. How to factor in a higher altitude.

Since there is less air pressure at higher altitudes, cakes rise more and can dry out because liquids evaporate more quickly. If you live above 3,500 feet, follow these guidelines: Increase the oven temperature to 375° and liquid by 2 tablespoons for each cup used. Decrease each cup of sugar by 1 tablespoon, each teaspoon of baking powder by ⅛ teaspoon, and the baking time by 5 minutes.

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