This is a hard question to answer because it depends. It depends on the ingredient and the bake itself. Before you substitute an ingredient, do a little research online but don’t believe everything you read (flax for eggs has never worked in my thick cocoa brownies, for example. And if I see one more source suggesting to substitute buttermilk with lemon juice or vinegar mixed with milk, I will scream!!). In all honesty, most of the time I won’t be able to tell you if it will be successful if I haven’t tried it myself.
Simply put, because this is how I bake. I often publish flour quantities in weight rather than cups. Even when I write cups, I probably weighed the flour when I actually made the bake (always at 120grams). A packed up of flour can weigh up to 20 more grams than a loose cup. Flour makes all the difference in a tender cake and a soft challah. Having said that, for other ingredients I mostly use cups and measuring spoons to bake because it’s simpler, faster and in many cases won’t make a big difference. If you want to bake often, have a scale and a solid set of measuring cups and spoons in the kitchen.
It happens to the best of us. I fail all. the. time. I can’t even tell you how many times I messed up my own hidden rainbow cake or cherry blossom cake. Why do things go wrong? Sometimes it’s because we made a hasty substitution, or we didn’t follow the methodology correctly. I have found that one of the best ways to avoid failing is to read the full recipe intently before I begin baking. This allows me to first, ensure I have everything I need (so I’m not making any last-minute, ill-informed substitutions) and second, to make sure I understand all the steps before I start. The other, and I’ve found often, thing that can make recipes fail is using different brands of ingredients. This is why I’ll usually try to specify which brand I used. If you don’t succeed the first time, don’t give up (if I gave up, this blog wouldn’t exist!). Try again, and you can always email me (or DM me on instagram – I’m faster there!) to troubleshoot.
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Ok, I saw this one coming. Maybe because THEY ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER?! Or maybe because I am a child of the 80s and grew up on Lisa Frank school supplies? But ok, the current obsession likely has more to do with the fact that I have two kids. The elder is really, really, into rainbows and unicorns, and is a huge source of inspiration for so much of my baking. Now if you’ll excuse me, she has just asked me if I can make “cookie dough brownies” and “eyes-cream” so I need to imagi-bake my way through those.
I do. You can read it here.