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

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How do I add butter to a sponge cake?

I made a Genoise following James Peterson's recipe in Baking, but without the optional butter. I used an electric hand mixer. The cake came out fine, as in the picture. The second time I decided to ...
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Lowering oven temps

Can you start a cake at 350 F (180 C), then lower the oven to 325 F (160 C)? What happens to cake? Recipe calls for 350 but the recipe is old. Other recipes I have checked online say to bake at a ...
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What could cause a sudden loss of sour flavor?

Background During the weekend, my mother made a plum cake and put slices of plum on top. She gave me a piece to try and it was sweet and good for ~1.5 seconds before my face puckered from how sour it ...
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How do you convert a cake recipe to brownies?

I'm thinking more oil/butter and less water, but I'm not sure of the ratios. I would probably also cook brownies for a shorter amount of time. What determines a cake's fluffiness and a brownie's dense ...
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How to bake a veiny cake?

I had an idea for halloween, which involves baking a sponge cake and piping icing on it to make it look like a brain. For bit more authenticity, I was hoping to get some red jam or something to vein ...
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Cake in homemade chocolates

I have added some cake pieces and cherries to homemade chocolates. Can I keep them for 5-10 days? Since the cake and cherries are in chocolate, will they last for a longer time?
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timing on baking a birthday cake

I need to have a birthday cake ready on saturday night and am trying to figure out how early I can make it without it impacting the quality of the cake. If I make the the cake friday night or ...
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Cooking oranges to put in a cake

I found some recipes like this one for orange cake where the oranges are cooked in whole for 45 minutes up to two hours before they get pureed. What does cooking oranges do to them - does it remove ...
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Why does some cake make your tongue thick, and how to prevent it?

I'll be baking a cheese-ham cake shortly and I remember that sometimes it makes your tongue 'thick' (for lack of a better word). The symptoms are the feeling that the tongue/mouth is covered with the ...
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What kind of Creme or Mousse is the most robust? How can I strengthen a mousse?

I want to make a multi layer cake where one of the top layers consists of some kind of mousse. I haven't decided on what kind of mousse/creme yet because I have to transport the cake once it's done ...
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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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Baking a cake in a microwave [duplicate]

I generally bake cakes in a microwave (because I don't have an oven) and all of them have a spongy texture. Is there any non-oven method where my cake has a little bakery style cake like structure?
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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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How to enhance sweetness of a baked chocolate brownie?

I am not sure if it is even possible or not. I baked a almond and walnut chocolate brownie. While I was preparing the mixture I added extra cocoa powder, I though it will give the brownie a perfect ...
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Oil in steamed cake

I realized that for steamed cake, the recipe calls for little or no oil. Why is this so? What will happen if I add more oil to the recipe? The ingredients are: 5 eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 ...
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Correct temperature to serve a chocolate gateau (cake)

This is not so much a cooking question but a serving question. The cake consists of layers of almond sponge, coffee butter cream, and chocolate ganache. At what (serving) temperature would I get the ...
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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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small cakes/muffins not rising correctly [duplicate]

My small cakes for example muffins are not rising correctly. They rise lopsidedly and spill over the paper cases. Nothing wrong with oven. I've tried various things, eg wetter mixture, drier ...
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Commercial Sponge Cake Improver?

Many years ago (35+) my grandmother received a container of a 'sponge cake improver' from a family member whom was a commercial baker. She describes it as looking like a thick amber liquid or paste. ...
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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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How can I make carrot cake more fruity and fresh?

I am planning to create a carrot cake that should be a bit different from what people usually think of when they think of carrot cake. Please note: This is not a recipe request! My carrot cake recipe ...
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What is the New Zealand white sponge cake, is it a white cake here in the U.S?

My friend is from New Zealand and us asking for a white sponge cake. Is that the same as a white cake in the U.S.? or does she really mean sponge cake?
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How can I make my carrot cake taste more carroty

I have used organic carrots finely grated and increased the quantity of carrots used, but still can't taste the carrot
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Historical recipe for cake before refined sugar

What ingredients were used in cake before the invention of any factory produced or processed foods such as refined sugars? Does anyone know where I could find historical recipes for such things?
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Lemon cake has no flavor

I have tried and tried numerous recipes for lemon pound cake. None of them taste very lemony. I tried adding extra lemons n lemon extract but no real difference. The only thing to make it taste ...
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Why didn't my beer cake cook properly?

I have a beer cake recipe which I've successfully cooked once. Since then, I've had a new oven and just tried to bake it again. It wasn't entirely successful. It's baked in a 10", round, deep ...
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How can I avoid cakes to turn into jelly?

I am making cakes, and mostly chocolate cakes. But under certain conditions, instead of taking a nice bread texture (soft and with air bubbles), it turns into a kind of jelly (compact, a little bit ...
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How do I colour ready-to-roll icing

I'm making a cake for my daughter's birthday. I'm a bit rubbish with icing and decorating, so I plan to buy some ready-to-roll icing to cover the cake. The problem is that the cake is shaped liked a ...
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Constructions of Lego Bricks Made of Cake

My friends and I had this idea while drunk one night, to create a big batch of small cakes shaped like LEGO bricks and interlock them into a larger, round cake. Morning came, and we grew daunted by ...
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Is it possible to make breads using cake techniques?

Is it possible to make bread using similar batters/techniques as cakes? Or why isn't is possible to make breads using similar techniques or batters as a cake?
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Adjusting baking time and temp for small cupcakes? [duplicate]

Is there a good rule of thumb for adjusting temp and time when using batter from a cake recipe in cupcakes, especially very small bite size cupcakes? I will be using a gingerbread cake batter that ...
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What kind of vegetable oil should I use for baking?

I'm going to bake this cake: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/French-Yogurt-Cake-395471 and was wondering what sort of vegetable oil (canola etc) I should use? Would the type of oil make ...
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How will less flour affect molten lava cakes?

I made some molten cakes the other day, using this recipe from Betty Crocker. However, it is very "cakey." The molten cakes I've had before in restaurants have had more of a "truffle" consistency. ...
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Dying a white iced cake black

I've had an Xbox cake made for my son, but they made it white and I wanted it black. It can't be remade, because it's too late. Can I do anything to dye it black? I was thinking about brushing black ...
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What kind of cookware can melt in a microwave? Is it safe to eat food cooked in a melted cookware?

We were trying to prepare a chocolate cake using a Panasonic Microwave. We set the oven to auto mode for cake preparation. There was a time for preheating (180°C) and then asked us to place the cake ...
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Getting the bowl out of the mold

This is the "Cook's Choice, Better Baker Edible Bowl Maker" which I received as a gift. Now the idea appears clever enough, but everything I try to do with it either comes out too hard to be ...
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How much difference does the placement of the shelf in the oven make to the final outcome of a cake?

Unknowingly, I used to keep the cake on the center shelf in the oven, then I realized that the shelf can also be placed at the bottom of the oven. Does this make a huge difference in the final ...
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Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar in making fruitcake?

Can I substitute light or dark brown sugar instead of white sugar in making fruitcake?
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Can I replace treacle with molasses in my fruit cake?

I would like to know if replacing treacle with molasses in my fruit cakes will change the texture of the cake and how much molasses can I use in a 2.5 kg. of baked cake?
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Cake without baking soda

I have this delicious recipe for flourless almond cake: 1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted 4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 ...
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Can you overmix a gluten-free cake?

If you're making a regular cake, you add all the first ingredients (eggs, butter, sugar, ...) and mix everything well. When you add the last ingredient, the flour, you mix until it's just ...
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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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What juices to use in cake?

I usually use pineapple juice or apple juice while preparing a cake instead of milk. However some juices sound heavy in a cake, for ex. mango juice. What will the cake result in if I used Mango ...
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What considerations should be taken into account when adding any fruit to any cake?

I have a pineapple-orange cake recipe that is very good, but is from a relative - I didn't develop it. I am curious how to adjust a typical cake recipe or even a box cake mix so that I can add fruit ...
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Is there a non-penetrative method for checking cake doneness?

Is there some way to check a cake is done without using a toothpick or other penetrative device? I like the thermometer idea, but no one seems to know how the heck to use them.
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what happens when you whisk sugar with oil?

So far I have tired four different carrot cakes recipes, everything ended up too oily (The oil drips from the cake when pressed). I was wondering and found all of these recipes calls for "whisking ...
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How to halve a cake recipe?

An entire cake is too much food (and temptation!) for me and my husband. Generally speaking, how do I halve a cake recipe? I have heard you can't just cut everything in half due to the way baking ...
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Where should I store my cakes?

Where is the best place to store cakes? I usually store them in a normal, plastic box but I had an idea to store them in a freezer. Would that be okay to store cakes there? Could it degrade the ...
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Making cake icing look professionally smooth

So you've got a nice, flat-topped cake after learning on Seasoned Advice how to eliminate doming and now you wish to ice it as perfectly smooth as you see it sometimes done commercially: no ridges ...
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Preventing heavy top layer of cake from crushing cream layer

I'm making a flourless cake with almond meal, thus quite dense, and it's also covered completely with whole cherries. I thought I'd slice the cake horizontally and put a layer of cream in. The top ...