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Unlike other methods of cooking, baking has less room for error. Measurements, equipment and technique do matter, and one mistake can lead to unshapely cakes, bland bread and cookies that fall flat.

As a general rule of thumb, the most important advice we can give is to read the recipe completely before you start baking. Although it sounds simple enough, it happens all too often that we find ourselves half-way through a recipe before we realize we're missing an ingredient or we've skipped a crucial preparation step. We've rounded up 18 more common baking mistakes and show you how you can avoid them.

Check out the slideshow above to discover the 18 biggest baking mishaps and how you can avoid them.

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Tags: KD 101, Dessert, Baking

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