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

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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 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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How important is the creaming process while making a cake?

A few of the chocolate cake recipes I read always start with the step - mix butter and sugar until creamy. I've tried a couple of times but failed to create anything near to creamy. But a few recipes ...
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Cooking an eggless cake

I am about to cook a cake. I have bought the cake mix. Now, in the instructions, it says that I have to mix it with the vegetable oil and add egg. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I do not eat egg. ...
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What is substitute for rum in baking?

Some cake recipes calls for rum, and there is none available. How to substitute? If possible, it should be non-alcoholic. Also, what is its role in baking or cooking?
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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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How to properly clean a bundt mold without ruining the surface

I usually do the suggestions in my previous question for seasoning the Teflon coated (non stick) bundt pan (buttering and flouring) and I have no problem with that. The problem is with leftover ...
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How much can I change the height of a cake?

It's pretty common to find cake recipes with pans that don't match the size of pans you have. I know ideally you would make sure total area of the pans is the same as in the original recipe, so that ...
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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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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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Why does Angel Food Cake use a tube pan?

I know from Can an Angel Food Cake recipe be converted to cupcakes that it is possible to make Angel Food Cake in a form other than a tube pan. However, I'm wondering if there is a reason that Angel ...
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What is wrong with my icing?

I have read recipes that says mix half cup butter and 1.5 times the icing sugar and beat, add some milk, not more than 2-3 spoons. I have been beating it for last 30 minutes and tasted it, the sugar ...
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How many cups of batter does a cake mix make?

I admit it, I'm lazy, I use cake mix 9/10 times I bake a cake. There seems to be a standard size (because Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, and our local brand all make the same size cake, same number of ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it possible to prevent a japanese cheesecake from deflating or sinking?

A japanese cheesecake is basically like a cheesecake fused with a spongecake. When i beat the egg whites they peak perfectly then i am required to get 1/3 of the egg white mixture and fold it into ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to change a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake?

I've seen this question about how to alter a chocolate cake recipe to make a plain cake, my question is the other way around, how to alter a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake? I read in a ...
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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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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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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 do my cakes taste like cinnamon?

I baked a cake using eggs, butter, milk, vanilla extract, flour, cocoa and baking soda. I baked it at 450F for 30 mins. I tested it and the knife came clean. It looked okay but tasted horrible, like ...
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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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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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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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how to make shiny figures for cake decoration?

I am wondering how are the little figures on this cute cake are made? Whats the material and where can you buy molds and casts to shape them? and how are they so shiny?
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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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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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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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Devil's food cake turned out dry and dense

I tried this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/devils-food-cake-recipe.html However, when I did it, the cake came out dry and dense and not very tasty. According to many other ...
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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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Making cake balls with a not-so-sweet frosting

I baked a cake which is sweet and moist. I would like to make cake balls with it, but I wonder what should I use as frosting to not make it sweeter! Is it possible to ignore any kind of frosting and ...