10 Random Baking/Cake Deco Tips:
1. Separate egg yolks and whites and beat them separately before adding them to your mixture. Add in the yolks first with the butter and sugar mixture. Fold in the whites with the batter right before pouring them into you baking pan. It helps to make your cake fluffier (is there such a word?).
2. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature otherwise they wont combine correctly with the butter and sugar.
3. To ensure that your cake rises more evenly (level), after pouring your batter into the cake pan, make a well in the middle of the batter or twirl the cake pan to the sides to make the batter cling and is therefore higher on the sides and lower in the middle.
5. You can also leave a cake pan on a towel that you've poured with hot water for about 5 minutes before you turn the cake out to ensure that it doesn't stick to the pan.
6. Fill the cake batter no more than 1/2 or 2/3 of the cake pan to allow it to bake and rise evenly.
7. Unless you purposely intend for your cakes to stick to the cake board or cake stand or plate, do not turn it out on a solid flat surface. Instead, turn your cake out on a wire rack. Leave it to cool first for a few minutes before you do this.
8. To get a nice clean finish on your cake frosting/icing, firstly frost a thin layer of buttercream and leave it in the fridge before coating the cake with a second, thicker layer. This is called "crumb coating" the cake.
10. Cut your cake with a knife that's been heated in hot water to have nice, crumb-free slices. Do not leave "unfrosted" cake surfaces uncovered as it will make the cake dry out.