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

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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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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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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 ...
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Traditional panettone size & volume?

I'm planning to bake an "full size" panettone. Does anyone know, for a full size panettone: What is the diameter of the paper mould ? What is the height of the paper mould ? How much dough ...
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how many kWs does it take to bake a cake? [closed]

I am looking to set up a cake delivery business and I am creating a break even for it to educate me about the costs it would entail. However, I have no idea how many kWs it takes to bake a cake. Can ...
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How do I properly freeze a frosted cake?

I have a purchased frosted cake I would like to use closer to Christmas. I do not know if it would keep properly in the refrigerator without freezing. How could I freeze it properly ? (preferably ...
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Which are recipes for “rolled fondant”? [closed]

I'm looking for recipe about rolled fondant for cake decoration. I tried to search for it thought questions inside stackexchange, but i found nothing about (i'm probably non good researcher in ...
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In what ways does the size of the baking pan matter while baking cakes?

Rose Levy's reviews warn about using the right sized pans, and say that failing to do so will result in failure. I have glass ware and silicon cups for baking cakes. I prefer to bake the cake ...
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What is a substitute for half-and-half cream?

I need to know if there is a substitute for half-and-half (~10%) cream because I am baking a cake without it and I am allergic to it.
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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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Converting stand mixing time to hand mixing

For each minute of using a stand mixer on high, approximately how long (or how much effort, quantified) should a mixture be mixed (whisked/beaten) by hand to achieve similar results? Baking recipes ...
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Looking for meat ingredient suggestions for a Yoghurt Cake recipe

I know the flavours of "meat" and "sweet" can sometimes go together well. There's a sausage and fennel (licorice sensation) pastry that I very much enjoy. That's the concept this question is based in. ...
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How do I make cake batter from scratch without butter?

I need to make a cake, but I don't have butter, I could go buy some, but I don't have time because i need to do this cake right now and finish it in an hour so i can give it to someone.
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How long can frosting with butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk, that is covered with fondant be left out of the refrigerator?

I'm making a 9x13 chocolate cake, frosted with a vanilla buttercream, (not filled) and covered with black Fondarific fondant. Here's the ingredients for the frosting: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1-2 ...
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Adjusting the baking time for large cakes?

How long should I bake a 13" (330 mm) sponge cake? Which gas mark should I use?
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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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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 ...