Everyone that knows me is well aware of my lack of skill in the kitchen. However, I am also infamous for finding genius ways to save my baking, mostly out of sheer desperation. I am not here to teach you how to make extravagant baking…..unfortunately I don’t have that skill. What I can teach you is how to save that baking when you make mistakes. Trust me, I have had to do that too many times to count. I can’t promise it’ll always work, sometimes there is just no saving it. But when its already ruined, its certainly worth trying!
Soften Hard Baking
I have overcooked baking more times then I can count. One genius way I have discovered for restoring hard baking is to place it inside a sealed container along with slices of bread. Don’t ask me how this works, I have no idea myself, but leave it for a couple of hours and it’ll be nice and soft. I have used this one to rescue cookies a few times, but I’ve heard it works with cakes too.
Grate Away The Burnt Bits
Believe it or not, your trusty cheese grater can help save burnt baking. If only the outside is burnt, simply grate away the outside. You won’t have a particularly nice shape so I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you were planning on decorating them anyway, but it has certainly saved me on a few occasions.
If You Don’t Like It, Then Put A Ring On It
I have a bad habit of opening oven doors when I am not supposed to. This can often lead to the middle of the cake becoming sunken in. A good way to hide this is to remove the centre of the cake, so that it looks like you were only attempting to create a ring cake in the first place.
Hid It Away Where No One Can See
Alternatively, you can fill the centre with lollies, or cream and fruit, to hide the unsightly middle. Of course if you are only making it for home, and your family are well used to your disasters, you can just leave it as is. It’ll still taste fine. If the whole cake looks a bit unsightly, just lather it with icing and decorations. Make it look at taste better!
Stuck In A Pan
If the cake has stuck to the bottom of the pan and you can’t get it out without ruining the overall look of the cake, leave it to completely cool, wrap it in foil and freeze it for a few hours. Don’t ask me why it is easier to pop out when it is completely frozen, but it does work! After that you have to let it thaw again though so this is definitely not one you should do if you are short on time.
This is an alternative for the times that the cake has stuck to the pan, or has an unsightly shape. Grab a cookie cutter and cut out mini cakes for a cute alternative to the ghastly larger cake. Ice them as usual and serve. No one will know any different.
Healing A Cracked Cheesecake
Usually I leave cheesecakes to my highly skilled mother and grandmother (I still can’t understand why they didn’t pass their baking talents down to me) but the only time I did, I ended up with an unsightly crack. In the beginning, I just chucked it in the fridge for awhile, but then I tried saving it by using a metal knife and a bit of water to try and smooth it together. Believe it or not it actually worked! I don’t know if this one will work every time, but it is worth trying. Pre-slicing the cheesecake can also work.
Good luck with your baking! Comment down below what tricks you have used to salvage ruined baking as no doubt I’ll need them at some point!
Cheers Alura xx