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Why A Clean Toothpick is A Big Problem When Testing Chocolate Cake
When it comes to chocolate cake, aiming for a completely clean toothpick might not be the best idea, as it can lead to a dry, crumbly texture that nobody wants.
It all comes down to the moisture content. When the toothpick comes out completely clean, it means there's no batter clinging to it, which can suggest that the cake is fully baked.
However, due to retained heat, moisture continues to evaporate from the cake after baking. If you wait until the toothpick comes out clean, chances are you've overbaked your cake.