When baking a cake, bring ingredients like eggs and butter to room temperature to ensure the batter mixes properly. Additionally, thoroughly coat baking pans with butter using a pastry brush rather than a stick of butter wrapped in paper.
Additional tips for baking cakes include placing the cake as close to the center of the oven as possible to cook, as this prevents browning or drying on one side of the cake. To check whether a cake is done, insert a wooden toothpick into the center of the cake. When withdrawn, the toothpick should be clean, without any batter or crumbs sticking to it.