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

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My cake batter always comes out sticky. Is this normal?

When I was growing up, mum's cake batter was always smooth with a consistency like honey -- enough to pour in to the caketin. Now I'm living out on my own, I'm cooking for myself, including cakes. But ...
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Doubling ingredients on panettone cake

The recipe below makes a small panettone cake. I would like to make a cake twice the size, is it ok to just double all the ingredients? Yeast 1⁄2 tsp Strong White Flour 300 g (11 ...
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Dehydrating cake?

I've recently purchased a book on desserts. Many recipes involve baking a cake and then dehydrating it over night (at 50° C) using the appropriate equipment. I wonder: What kind of kitchen equipment ...
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How do beets bake up in flour?

I am thinking about incorporating some raw shredded beets in a vegan chocolate sheet cake. Since it is vegan, I will be substituting with Ener-G, chia, or flax egg substitutes and earth balance ...
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Why does my oil cake drop in the centre

My cake initially rises perfectly, but after about 20 - 25 minutes, the cake starts to slightly droop with the cake also pulling away from the side of the pan. I don't mind that too much, as the ...
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How to travel with a cake overseas?

I am planning to make a white or dark chocolate mudcake and take it from Australia to India in a month's time. I also need to ganache and fondant the cake either before or after the flight. So, I need ...
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What is the proper technique for making an angel food cake?

I made one this weekend for the first time in 2 years, following a recipe. As I was following the instructions, I felt like it was missing something and when I looked at the end product I determined I ...
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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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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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How can I prevent pear juice from soaking into pastry dough?

I'm baking a cheesecake with pieces of pears, using rich shortcrust pastry. The problem is that, during the baking, the pear juice is soaking the pastry. How could I avoid that?
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What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?

What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?
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Why might a cake collapse after cooking

I have successfuly made a Lemon Drizzle cake (recipe at end) several times, but the last 3 attempts have all collapsed in the middle to some extent. One of the attempts collapsed in such a way it ...
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How should I alter a chocolate cake recipe to make plain/flavoured cake?

I have a really good chocolate cake recipe. It's so good that I want to use it as a base for all my cakes. How do I alter this recipe to make different cakes like vanilla, lemon, coconut, etc.? I ...
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Will fresh strawberries make a cake soggy?

I'm decorating a two layer butter cake and I was thinking of adding a layer of sliced fresh strawberries in between the two layers together with some strawberry flavored Bavarian cream. I will be ...
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Does it make sense to take out the cake from the oven few times just to check whether it is done or not?

Does it make sense to take out the cake from the oven few times just to check whether it is done or not, before its total time completes? Is there some other way out to check the same, in order to ...
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Can I make cakes in a tagine?

I am living in Marrakech and in our new place I don't have an oven, and don't really want to buy anything expensive as we will only be here for a few months. I would like to make cakes/biscuits (and ...
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What's the best way to stack a three-tiered wedding cake that is not covered in fondant/marzipan?

I have baked the layers of a wedding cake and am left wondering as to my best stacking approach. It is a fairly dense sweet potato cake with buttercream frosting and I am worried about it sinking into ...
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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting ...
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Colored cake without food coloring?

I'm wanting to make a layer cake for a birthday WITHOUT food coloring. Specifically, I'm wanting to make red and blue. Could I add raspberry juice or puree to a basic white cake recipe or would that ...
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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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Would a fruit cocktail flavoured cake work?

I am baking a Cinderella Princes cake for my daughter's first birthday party. I have now had the crazy idea of having a rainbow cake under the skirt of the dress. Not only this, but I had another ...
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How to stop cupcakes from collapsing?

I made two kinds of cupcakes recently from Who You Callin' Cupcake? and both of them collapsed in the center. The cupcake that collapsed the most was the Devil's Food Cupcake. This contained: ...
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Cake sinks in the middle when baking. Only happens when I make a Coca-Cola Cake

When making a coca-cola cake I follow the directions exactly. But when it comes out of the oven it appears all the miniature marshmellows went to the center and sank. Hard to frost when the middle ...
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Time and Temperature to bake small fruit cakes

I want to bake fruit cakes in foil pans holding about 1 1/4 cups of batter. Should I use bain marie ? What temperature oven will be best and for approximately how long
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Cake batter consistency

In winter my cake batter turns into a hard ball as opposed to in warmer months. I always add more milk and try to bring it to the right consistency for baking. But I think this affects taste. If so ...
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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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How to keep thin sponge bases moist

I enjoy making multi layered sponge cakes (specifically chiffon sponge), but I find that when cooking a much thinner base than for a normal sponge (around 1cm height), I am faced with a decision of ...
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How does pudding make cake moister?

I've got a recipe that calls for adding a box of instant pudding mix to a box of cake mix (along with eggs, water, and oil) to make a cake moister. And there are lots of cake mixes that proclaim ...
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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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Should you freeze pastry lukewarm? If so, why?

I have a book about baking in general. In the chapter 'Preserving pastry in the freezer' is the following sentence (I translated it for practical reasons): Pastry should be frozen as fresh as ...
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Are ladyfingers and Genoise made the same way?

I think I have heard somewhere that ladyfingers are made from the same batter as Genoise cake layers. But I don't remember where I heard it, whether the source was reputable, and if I'm not ...
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What can I do with batter that has lumpy sugar in it?

I was making a scratch cake, and my sugar (to my chagrin) was inferior. When I beat it into the batter, it turned into many tiny lumps. Has anyone ever figured out how to solve this problem? I beat ...
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Too big tin for meringue cake recipe. How to solve?

So I have this recipe for a hazelnut meringue cake. It asks for an 18cm tin. However, I only have a 24cm tin. I went to the shop today but they do not have a 18cm tin. So i guess there are several ...
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What does melted butter do in a swiss roll recipe?

I'm planning on making a Swiss roll. This is a sponge cake, baked in your baking sheet (so it's thin) and you roll it up, mostly with a filling. While looking for a recipe, some recipes say to use ...
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How to make a cover for a molten cake?

I recently visited a restaurant called Zuma, and they had this unbelievable chocolate molten cake. As you can see they have a cover on top, like a sheet of chocolate. How would one make this? I am ...
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Making batter one day, baking the next

I have to bake a white chocolate mud cake after work and I am always left with some batter, which I then use to bake cupcakes. As mudcake takes a couple of hours to bake (at least my recipe), by the ...
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Does the thickness of a cake affect the baking time?

I am very new to baking, so this may be a bit of an obvious question, but: My daughter wants an airplane shaped chocolate cake for her birthday. I have seen various ideas where you bake a cake, then ...
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Ganache by pouring before fondanting a cake

in a few days, I will be trying to create a buttock shaped cake (back and buttocks). I want the fondant to look very smooth and want to ganache the cake to have a smooth effect. I will be using dark ...
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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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Can I leave a cake / cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting out on the counter?

I need to frost a cake and cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for a late morning party tomorrow. I do not do a lot of baking so I'm concerned about when I should frost the cakes. For the sake of ...
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Edible lollipop sticks for a complicated birthday cake

I'm baking a cake for my sister. Though the cake will be simple. I decided to make chocolate cupcake lollipops. The cupcakes will read out her traits like nice, awesome etc. I need some advice on how ...
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Pineapple upside down cake alteration

I'm planning on baking a pineapple cake for my husband's birthday and the only recipes I find are for pineapple upside down cake. Can I use a pineapple upside down cake and just add the pineapple on ...
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What temperature and time do I need to bake a 35cm Madeira cake?

I am cooking a very large wedding cake (35 cm or 14 inch) and can't get the cooking time right. Is there a specific temperature I should use?
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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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Help with what to bake leftover cake batter in

I have a Jubliee bundt pan that is only 10 cups, but my recipe is for a bundt pan at least 12 cups. I've only made the recipe once and it turned out great. But since I insisted in using as much of ...
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Sponge cake with only three ingredients - will this work at all?

I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it. How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be ...
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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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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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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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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 ...