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When trying to follow someone else's recipe you have to remember that your resources and situation may not be exactly to their specifications. Maybe you are watching cake videos online or on TV and baking one in your own kitchen. But is your oven the same size as the one in the video?
Not every kitchen is equal, especially if you live in an older apartment building. These buildings tend to have very small ovens to leave more space in the apartments. A smaller oven heats up faster and tends to cook things faster as well. The same temperature in a much smaller space can overcook food before the recipe says it is done.
On the other hand, if the oven door is old or loose and does not close properly, heat may escape requiring longer cooking times than the recipe might call for.
So before you start your latest culinary adventure, make sure you know how your oven and other kitchen appliances operate. Adjust your temperatures and time-frames accordingly so you get it right the first time. Cooking is more of an art than a science, and knowing how to use the tools at your disposal is essential before you begin.