There’s an old saying that goes “cooking is an art, baking is a science.” This couldn’t be more true. If you’ve ever baked something then you know how precisely you must follow the recipe in order for your creation to turn out how you want.
When baking, measuring is not the place to make guesses. If you change how much of something goes into what you’re baking, it has the potential to throw off the entire recipe. For example, a lot of people don’t realize that when measuring wet versus dry ingredients, you need to use their respective measuring cups. You have the small measuring cups that come in a set ranging from ¼ a cup to a full cup, these are used for dry ingredients like flour and sugar.
On the other hand, you have the liquid measuring cup, which is the bigger one (it typically has a handle) and the numbers are printed on the side. This one is used for things like milk and oil. It is important to use this for liquids because if you add too much or too little, you’ll risk your baked goods being either too wet or too dry.
When you’re baking, it’s always important to read the directions and make sure you’re precise in your measurements, but it’s also important to have fun!