Whether you're making an angel food cake or an Easter bunny cake, it helps to remember that baking is both an art and a science. Success with any recipe depends on carefully following the instructions and using the right equipment. 

In this article, we provide some basic instructions and definitions that will make it easier for you to bake a cake. You'll learn about everything from selecting the proper baking pan to cooling and frosting a finished cake. We'll start with a rundown of the most common types of cakes on the next page.

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