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

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Why does a cake recipe call for 2 tbsp of hot water?

This is my sponge cake recipe, I would like to know why add the 2 tbs of hot water 4 egg separated 1 tsp vanilla essence 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp cream of ...
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How to make good looking cake pops?

I've tried to make cake pops a few times but they never came out as beautiful and tidy as the pictures I found on the web. I would love to try more and more to nail the goal but I think I must know ...
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Malva pudding recipe containing too much bicarb and vinegar?

I tried making Malva pudding today using this recipe and the results were decidedly off. I don't know if it was too acidy or basey but definitely didn't taste right. The recipy calls for 2tsp bicarb ...
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How to get rid of the taste of flour in homemade bakery?

I usually get random cookie and cake recipes from the internet and try them. They are good but all of them have floury taste to me. Possible culprits are the flour I use and how I mix and bake dough. ...
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Why did my pound cake turn out dry?

I baked a pound cake in an enamel glazed fluted pan and it turned out dry. Was it the pan or what could it be? I followed the recipe. Any help on this would be appreciated. Does it have something to ...
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What is the difference between regular (vege. oil) and butter recipe cake mixes?

Many commercial cake mixes use vegetable oil, but I have seen some (usually 10% or less of what the store carries) that are "Butter Recipe". These use butter instead of vegetable oil. What is the ...
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Why is cocoa powder sometimes used in chocolate cakes when chopped semisweet chocolate is already used?

I found a flourless chocolate cake recipe that I want to try, it uses semisweet chocolate which I thought would have enough cocoa solids already but it calls for cocoa powder, why is this?
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Why does my pavlova always look like this?

It has circles on it every time I try to make it. And sometimes it just won't dry - it's soft; it doesn't really crack like I hope it would! It always sinks and the bottom is kinda sticky and dark ...
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Using Jaggery as Substitute for Sugar

I generally use jaggery instead of sugar in all my baking recipies from cakes to bread. I have not experimented enough to quantitate any difference in taste (basically experience with using sugar in ...
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Chocolate Berry Cake with Berries as main batter ingredient?

I have this rather vague idea that popped into my head for a chocolate berry cake of some kind where the berries, pureed, go into the batter itself and form a large proportion of the ingredients. ...
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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 ...
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Can I make any modern improvements to this Russian cake recipe from 1971?

I found a recipe in a 1971 Russian booklet on holiday recipes, (see it below). I translated it to English. My questions about the recipe will be these: are there any advancements known to culinary ...
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Frosting kept melting when trying to frost cake

I made a chocolate malt cake for the first time the other day. I let the cake sit overnight to cool. I made the frosting while the cake was baking and put it in the fridge for the next day. The ...
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How much cake batter to make two 6“x2” cakes?

I have two 6"x2" cake pans, and am wondering how many cups of a box cake mix batter I need to put into each pan? Thank you!!
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How can I extend shelf life of my cakes?

I need to bake a cake and send it over to a friend. It might take 5-7 days for the cake to reach him. What are the possible ways available to extend shelf life at least till the day it reaches him, ...
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How to bake crushed peppermint into cake?

I'm still fairly new to baking and I'm making cupcakes for a Christmas party on Thursday and I couldn't seem to find a recipe online for the the kind I want to make, which is a peppermint cupcake. ...
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How to make cakes/scones that won't go off, for display purposes

This is a bit of a strange question, but I thought someone here might be able to help. I am trying to make some cupcakes, scones or similar to display on a home-made cake stand in a shop window. I ...
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White chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache?

I've been trying to find out if white chocolate mud cake would taste nice with a dark chocolate ganache. This is for a cake that I am making for someone (so I can't make a mistake) and need to find ...
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Can I substitute 70% chocolate for unsweetened chocolate in a cake recipe?

This is a recipe for a dark chocolate cake. It calls for 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. But I made a mistake and bought the 70%. The recipe also calls for 1.25 cups sugar. I don't want it to be too ...
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Cake baking temperature using top-heating gas oven

I am new at baking. I want to bake a sponge cake and need to know the temperature at which I can use my gas oven for baking. In this model, the oven heat comes from the top.
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Why does my cakes fall? [closed]

When I bake cakes from scratch they fall in the middle. When I bake boxed cakes they do not fall. I do not know if I am overbaking or using too much liquid.
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Correct way to join two halves of sponge cake?

When you join two halves of sponge cake (as in this photo) which way round are you supposed to do it? The instructions I've used seem to assume what comes out of your two cake tins are two fairly ...
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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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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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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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Thickness of ready-to-roll icing

To what thickness should I roll out icing for covering a cake? I had a look at Google where values range from 1mm to 5mm. 5mm strikes me as a bit thick; and the last time I tried, I had some trouble ...
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What are these called in english?

I'm looking for the names of "Rollfondant" and "Modellierfondant" in english. I'm new to the métier but as far as I can tell, Rollfondant is used to cover a whole cake, while Modellierfondant is used ...
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Mug-cake mix at home

I would like to make my own mix for "mug cake" -- that is to say, prepackaged instant cake mix you dump into a mug, add liquid, and microwave. Is there anything special about mug cake that makes it ...
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Wouldn't this cake batter be too runny? Would the coffee affect the texture?

I came across What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe? as a similar question to one I'd just asked about baking. Looking at the recipe she provided there, wouldn't the amount of ...
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What does meringue powder do in butter cream icing?

I've recently been taking a Wilton cake decorating class. Part of the curriculum includes making our own buttercream icing. Many of Wilton's recipes for buttercream and like icings call for the ...
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Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven?

I don't have an oven; is there any way to simulate what an oven does with any other tools available at my home? In particular I would like to be able to bake cakes.
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So much water in cake, how to fix?

My mango chantilly cake has fallen, due to too much water inside the plastic storage. Now, assuming that I don't have an oven what are the practical workarounds that I can try to fix the cake? So far ...
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substituting black treacle/molasses for brown sugar

I would like to replace some of the brown sugar in a dark fruit cake recipe with black treacle (similar to molasses I believe), as I like the rich taste and think it will add to the moistness of the ...
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Not getting the creamy result beating butter and sugar

I have this "weekend meyer lemon cake" recipe: The problem I am facing while making the cake is that I don't get the creamy mixture, mixing sugar and butter. it's like bread crumbs right now, or ...
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What size cake pan could be substitued in place of muffins?

I have a recipe that the blogger said made 24 mini muffins and had enough batter left for 4 regular sized muffins. If I want to make it into a cake or loaf, what size pan would I need? I know it ...
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Are there any tricks to making a light-textured “whipped cream cake”?

During a web search, I found a cake recipe that uses heavy cream instead of butter. However, when I made it, the cake texture was terrible; thick and doughy even though I tested the cake with a ...
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Soaking fruits in fruit juice [closed]

Can I soak fruits in fruit juice for a fruit cake? If yes, do I need to boil the juice? Thanks a lot.
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choosing a red food color for red velvet cake

Are there any tell tell signs to choosing a red food colouring for red velvet cakes. Having just whipped one up, mine is sadly brown despite a bottle and half (45ml) of red food colouring. Also can ...
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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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How to veganize and improve this cake recipe?

I have the Build-a-bear cake pan from Williams-Sonoma. The cake recipe is as follows: 3 cups (470g) all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp salt 16 tbs (250g) unsalted butter 2 cups (500g) ...
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How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open? [duplicate]

I've made honey cake pretty often, and it almost always splits open in the middle. Why does that happen and how can I prevent it? Edit: attaching a picture of the cakes I just made Basic recipe ...
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Help converting dry milk + milk in recipe

I'm converting a cake recipe for a breadmaker that calls for 180g (3/4c) milk and some instant pudding mix. Wanting to convert it all to basic ingredients, I found an instant pudding mix recipe that ...
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What is the difference between quick bread and cake?

Quick breads, like banana or zucchini breads, seem to be assembled in an identical method and with similar ingredients as cake. Many recipes have comparable quantities of fat and sugar. So what is ...
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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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How cooking temperature and oven set up can help prevent cakes from becoming too brown or burnt on top?

When cooking cakes (especially lemon cakes for whatever reason; perhaps they're sweeter or have a different type of sugar?), I have trouble with the surface of the cake becoming too brown or burning ...
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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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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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When adding eggs to scratch cake batter, why are you supposed to add them one at a time?

When making a cake from scratch I have always added my eggs one at a time, mixing in between each, because this is how I learned from my mother. I just can't remember why this is supposed to be ...
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Boxed pancake mix - Allpurpose or Cake Flour?

Is boxed pancake mix usually made out of Allpurpose flour, or cake flour?
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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 ...