Questions about preparing or baking cakes, defined as chemically or mechanically (using eggs) leavened flour batter.

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How to season / care for a Bundt pan?

I just got a new cast-aluminum Bundt pan and I want to take care of it so my bundts don't stick. Does anyone have any helpful advise about how to season and clean the bundt pan?
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What is the difference between cheesecake and NY cheesecake?

I believe it's density but I'm not sure. What make cheesecake a NY style? Is there different ingredients. Some people call their recipe NY Cheesecake and they are not.
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I want to make a mug cake, can I use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cocoa powder left. If I use Cadbury's hot chocolate mix, would it give me the same effect?
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Can a disposable aluminium pan be used to bake a cake?

I want to know if an aluminium lasagna pan can be used in an oven for baking a cake?
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Oven temperature vs time adjustments

My cake recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 55 minutes. I had to bake it for 15-20 minutes longer for inside to be done. Can I adjust the temperature to 360°F to bake for 55 minutes without burning ...
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Cake Projector Alternatives

My wife is making a cake for some kid, and she asked me to come up with something brilliant to project an image of the Paw Patrol dog (like this guy) she needs to draw on the cake, but we don't have a ...
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Substitues for Vegetable Oil -Spread-

A cake recipe of mine calls for ½ cup of Vegetable Oil Spread (Specifically stating 70% fat), which I don't currently have. I found questions that deal with substituting either Butter for Oil, Oil ...
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Can I soak dried fruit in sweet wine instead of liqueur for use in fruitcakes?

The recipes for fruitcake that I've looked at say to soak the dried fruit in brandy, rum, etc., i.e., something with a high alcohol content. I've been using liqueur which works well. I was wondering ...
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Is there a difference between preheating temperature and baking temperature?

Many cake recipes say something like: Heat oven to 350F, then bake the cake around 25 to 30 minutes. What does this mean? After preheating the oven, what temperature do I bake the cake at for ...
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How should I convert my Victoria sponge to a chocolate sponge?

I generally bake Victoria sponge cake with 6 oz flour. Now to make a chocolate sponge cake do I substitute 2 oz of flour with cocoa powder or do I keep the 6 oz flour and add additional 2 oz cocoa ...
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Halving Cake Recipe- Baking Time

I want to make a chocolate cake for my birthday BUT since it's only for me I want to halve the recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/04/08/triple-chocolate-layer-cake/comment-page-8/#comments ...
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Have to preserve a cake for decoration purposes

We had a cake which was made for our school opening and we need to find something to spray on to preserve the cake? For the future. We called other cake shops but they didn't have anything we could ...
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Why does my Victoria sandwich have a hole in the base?

I've made the same cake recipe for years, no changes but suddenly my cakes look fine on top but when I turn them out there's a big hollow underneath! Help!
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Difference between baking a cake in cooking range and microwave oven

I don't know much about the difference between cooking range and oven. But I just want to know what difference must be made to bake a cake using a cooking range. I used to bake cakes in a microwave ...
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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Substituting instant imitation flavored pudding mix and cake mix in Bundt Cake recipe

Nothing Bundt Cakes makes delicious dark chocolate and white chocolate with a raspberry center. Thrilled to find copycat recipes online, both call for imitation flavored pudding mixes and cake mixes. ...
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“Cloth” that's edible (or even better, yummy)?

For the birthday of a keen sailor I want to make a a yacht-shaped cake, ideally with a sail rigged (not least because with my rather limited cake-creating skills it will reduce the risk that it gets ...
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How does substituting yogurt into a cake change the texture and why can it be used?

I've read about using yogurt in cake recipes to make them healthier. I was wondering how and why does replacing the fat by yogurt work, in particular whether the cake becomes rubbery and how to avoid ...
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Cakes cooked in same tin but come out different sizes

I have recently made a wedding cake with 3 layers of cake for each tier. For each tier the same tin was used for each of the 3 layers but when putting them together they were all different in size ...
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Adding melted chocolate to a sponge cake batter

I have baked a victoria sponge cake and it came out fine. In order to make a chocolate sponge cake, Can I use the same recipe of Victoria sponge cake and just add some quantity of melted chocolate to ...
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What happens to pound cakes if I forget the flour?

I was whipping up all the ingredients for pound cakes as stated in the recipe. I put the mixture in loaf pans, noticing the consistency looked off. I put them in the oven and about 5 minutes later I ...
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Why does my walnut cake fall?

The recipe uses 3 eggs for volume, separated, yolks and sugar whipped over hot water until triple in volume, whites whipped to stiff peaks. Ground walnuts, 2 tbsp breadcrumbs, 1/4 c butter are all ...
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Why do my cakes turn mouldy?

My cakes get really mouldy/sticky within days if I don't refrigerate them during rainy season or when it's too hot. My cakes pass the skewer test before coming out of oven. This has happened for most ...
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Shelf Life of Homemade Panettone

I'm thinking of making a few panettones for Christmas presents, this year. At what time would you recommend? This question is largely motivated by the potential for them to spoil or go stale; but ...
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How to decorate extremely fine details

I have seen some pretty well done decorations, but these ones by a chick named "Christine McConnell" really take the cake. So I was wondering firstly how one does such fine details and secondly how ...
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Is it bad if a sponge cake sits out for a couple hours before cooking?

I am making cupcakes and was wondering if it is okay if you leave the batter out for a couple hours before cooking.
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How can I avoid an underbake in a bundt pan?

I've made a Cardamom Cream bundt cake twice now and both times it's dense and under baked after an hour baking time. I'm thinking of whipping the egg whites to lighten the batter/cake than folding ...
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Making simple light cake with yeast

Normally, baking powder is preferred to yeast for making cake. I wanted to make simple light cake with yeast (using bread machine), but I face a problem that is not addressed in recipes (at least, I ...
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How does the baking time change if I scale up a cake recipe?

I have recipes for chocolate cake, Maderia cake, lemon drizzle and champagne cake. I want to increase the ingredients to make a bigger cake. Do I still use the same baking time and temperature?
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Should a Pound Cake be stored in the fridge or the freezer?

After cooking a pound cake, should I place it in the freezer or in the refrigerator?
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Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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Will chocolate cake be edible if I added one cup of water instead of two?

What will happen to chocolate cake if I added one cup of boiling water instead of two, and I did not realize it until it was baking? Will it be edible?
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Pre-frosting cake with jelly

I am making a chocolate cake for my son's birthday. Used a boxed cake mix (with a few substitutions) for the cake itself. Going to use chocolate frosting. Had the idea to put a light coat of ...
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How to adjust oil in recipe when adding peanut butter

I made a peanut butter cake, but it had too much oil. I used a recipe I'm familiar with, but added peanut butter to it. I used natural peanut butter (only contains peanuts and a little salt). How ...
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Cooking qualities between Glass and metal pans

I have this recipe that is of the cake family. The base is canola oil and sugar. Whenever I cook this pan in a square glass pan it cooks perfectly. However, when I use metal pan it doesn't cook ...
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Temp and time for using half the recipe of cake

I have a recipe which makes cake for 6-8 ppl. I want to bake the same recipe using just the half recipe. It's original temp. Is 180 C using 40 minutes. Now after using just the half recipe what will ...
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How to “fill” a cake made from a cupcake recipe

I have several cupcake recipes. I know it's easy to convert to a cake (just adjust baking time and figure out correct pan size). My question is many of the cupcake recipes have a filling that is ...
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Why did my sponge cake go moldy so quickly?

I made a no-oil sponge cake for a swiss roll. I filled it with fresh whipped cream and then stored the cake in the fridge. It has gone moldy within 4 days of filling it. Since filling it, it has been ...
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My crumb cake topping isn't working

I used margarine instead of butter and the margarine was mostly at room temp. So I used a pasty cutter turned the bowl but the mixture just got thicker and thicker. Is there something I can do to ...
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can i use whole eggs instead of egg yolks?

My lemon bundt cake recipe calls for 8 egg yolks. Can I substitute 4 whole eggs instead of just egg yolks? I don't want to perhaps waste 8 egg whites or use 8 eggs when 4 would do.
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Putting a solid chocolate bar inside cake dough: what's the outcome?

Let's say I'm making a plain vanilla cake in a rectangular shape. If I were to put a solid chocolate bar in the middle of the dough before baking it, what would the outcome be when the cake is removed ...
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Dense and gluey centered cake problem

I tried baking a cake for the first time. The brief procedure I followed was: Mashed 4 eggs. Added to it 1 cup sugar, 200g butter. Mixed it using an electric mixer. Then added to it 1.5 cup of all ...
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Stick wafer sticks to mudcake

How can I stick chocolate wafer sticks like this: on a mudcake to get this result:
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Making a literal thousand-layer cake?

The other night some friends and I ordered a thousand layer cake for dessert in a restaurant. Sadly, the cake had only ten layers, just 1% of what we ordered. We started talking about whether, with ...
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How to keep cake topper from toppling over

I have a wedding cake to do this weekend and the bride wants each cake tiers on separate tree stump. The top tier will be a 6 inch layer with a 4 inch layer. The tree stump for this top layer the ...
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Problem making cakes and pancakes

There is an issue I face whenever I try to make cakes or pancakes in which egg yolks and egg whites must be separated. I try to achieve the thickened creamy mixture by whipping egg yolks with a ...
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How to prevent fresh peaches from sinking to the bottom of a buttermilk pound cak? [duplicate]

I baked a buttermilk pound cake which was a very thick batter. The recipe said to dice 3-4 fresh peaches and put them on top of the batter just before it went into the oven. I did as directed and ...
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How to get sprinkles to stick to the side of a cake?

I need to prepare a cake, but in my previous attempts, I can't seem to get the chocolate sprinkles to stick to the sides of my cake. The cake will have a layer of icing as a base for the sprinkles, ...