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How To Check If Your Cake Is Done Without A Toothpick
By Angel Albring
Whether baking a cake from a box mix or making a cake from scratch, you want to ensure it's thoroughly done baking. While it's common to insert a toothpick into the center of the cake to see if it comes out clean, there are other methods you can use when you don’t have a toothpick handy.
To check if it's ready, gently press on the center of the cake with a few (clean) fingers to see if they leave indents, and if they do, even slightly, your cake is not done. If you are sensitive to any heat or are afraid of burning your fingers, you can use a small wooden spoon or a silicone spatula to press lightly onto the top of the cake.
If your cake is fully done, the sponge should spring back into place, but if there are indents, you should return it to the oven for at least five minutes and check it again. To use the toothpick method without toothpicks, you can use a very sharp, thin knife, a dried spaghetti noodle, or a metal cake tester to test your cake in the same way.