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13 Struggles Every Baker Has Experienced

We've all been there. Make baking better with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®.

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1. The Dreaded Unicookie

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To prevent spreading, omit baking powder. Also, use an oven thermometer to make sure that your oven is *really* as hot as you think it is.

2. The Abominable Cracked Cake

Take measures to avoid cracking by only mixing ingredients until they are just combined. Overmixing adds extra air (the culprit of cracking). Additionally, tap your filled cake pan on the counter before you put it in the oven. This will help trapped air bubbles surface before they get to the oven and expand.
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Take measures to avoid cracking by only mixing ingredients until they are just combined. Overmixing adds extra air (the culprit of cracking). Additionally, tap your filled cake pan on the counter before you put it in the oven. This will help trapped air bubbles surface before they get to the oven and expand.

3. Sticky Bundt

The best fix is to coat your pan with non-stick spray. If you've forgotten, a good in-a-pinch solve is to freeze your cake. It's more likely to hold its shape on the dismount.
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The best fix is to coat your pan with non-stick spray. If you've forgotten, a good in-a-pinch solve is to freeze your cake. It's more likely to hold its shape on the dismount.

4. Frosting Ooze

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Let the cookies cool COMPLETELY, then pipe the outline with a small #1 tip. Fill in the lines for a picture-perfect cookie.

5. Broken, Busted Macarons

Use a hair dryer to blow-dry your macarons prior to baking. Really really.
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Use a hair dryer to blow-dry your macarons prior to baking. Really really.

6. The Densest Bread on the Seven Seas

Make sure your yeast is fresh! Stale yeast won't fluff up your loaf.
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Make sure your yeast is fresh! Stale yeast won't fluff up your loaf.

7. Flat Cake

If you're 100% sure you didn't forget the baking soda or baking powder (like, really, really sure), double check that your product isn't expired.
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If you're 100% sure you didn't forget the baking soda or baking powder (like, really, really sure), double check that your product isn't expired.

8. Burned-on-the-Outside, Raw-on-the-Inside

Turn down the temperature! And make sure you're using the middle rack.
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Turn down the temperature! And make sure you're using the middle rack.

9. Cupcake Overflow

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Overfilling your wrappers can result in overflow, as can fans in convection ovens blowing the liquid batter up and over.

10. Oven Drop

Use sturdy pans, invest in good oven mitts, and slide the rack out a little before you remove any pans from the oven!
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Use sturdy pans, invest in good oven mitts, and slide the rack out a little before you remove any pans from the oven!

11. The Big, Bad Sunken Center

Don't open the oven to "check in" on your cake! This is likely the culprit of your cake's dipping middle.
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Don't open the oven to "check in" on your cake! This is likely the culprit of your cake's dipping middle.

12. Floppy Flan

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Usually an unset flan is a sign of undercooking — an undercooked flan will never harden, no matter how long it chills!

13. And Horrendous, Beastly Messes

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Spills and splatters, dishes galore, and insane disarray... it happens to the best of us. Solution: mix less aggressively, tidy up as you go, and use as few utensils as possible.

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Just follow the instructions, pop 'em in the oven, let your home fill with the aroma of freshly baked cookies, and enjoy!

Just follow the instructions, pop 'em in the oven, let your home fill with the aroma of freshly baked cookies, and enjoy!