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

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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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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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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. 1) Is there anything special about mug cake that makes ...
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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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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 keep the fruit on an upside-down cake?

I made an upside-down pineapple cake. It consisted of a layer of buttered caramel, a layer of pineapple pieces, and a layer of batter, baked together. I pressed the batter between the pineapple pieces ...
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What is an easy way to turn a heavy-ish cake?

I don't have a metal cake pan. I bake my normal cakes and cake layers in a pan with a glass bottom and silicone walls, and cakes which can be expected to leak in a porcelain quiche pan. Sadly, my ...
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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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How should I organize making a cake days ahead?

My wife's birthday is coming up and I want to make a cake for her. I was thinking of making a layer of sponge cake, amarena cherry sauce (cherries, wine and sugar), chocolate mousse, another layer of ...
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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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What will happen to my cake if I don't cream the butter enough?

I am preparing for a cake decorating party for some 8-year-olds and was testing a simple butter cake recipe. I made a small-ish batch of batter (just over a stick of butter, just under 1/2 lb of ...
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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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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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Why is my pumpkin pie filling separating from my cake mix?

I decided to mix pumpkin pie filling into a mixture of spice cake mix. I mixed the filling in well and in every try, the filling stays in the middle, with the cake moving to the outside. I am ...
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How can I intensify the orange flavour in orange cake?

The ingredients I followed are: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup white sugar 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ...
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Is there any other difference between the cakes and the cup cakes besides the size?

I don't have the small cups, so I place the cup cake batter in big vessels, and I think I have prepared cakes. Now, I'll get the small cups and place the same batter in the cups, and call them cup ...
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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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My cake crumbled on the top and took very long time to cook

This time I didn't have much white sugar, so I added half cup brown and half cup white sugar to my carrot cake. I observed that the cake crumbled on the top with large cracks, and took very long time ...
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Why can soda be used as a substitute for eggs when using a boxed cake mix?

When making a cake from a box mix, I see that soda can be used instead of eggs and oil. What is the science behind this, and what are the properties of oil and eggs that the soda is replacing? ...
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Can these settings bake a cake?

I've tried baking so many times with this kind of oven settings but they never work. The exterior of the cake looks fine, but when cut opened, they look as if they were never cooked. The oven doesn't ...
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Is there a cake similar to Black Forest but made with strawberries/citrus?

Once while overseas, I had a cake with the following properties: It had a French name, if I recall, and the cake was bought in Italy, so I tend to think the cake has a name beyond a description of ...
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Can oil be replaced with yoghurt in a cake recipe?

A cake recipe is asking for "one cup" oil!! I don't want to eat so much "oil", can I replace it with yoghurt or something else?
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What to add to the batter of the cake to avoid hardening when the gluten formation can't be avoided?

So, over mixing batter forms gluten, which in turn hardens the cake. Fine. The problem is that I don't want lumps in the cakes, and the above statement prevents me from fine mixing the batter. So, is ...
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Is it a myth or a fact that mixing cake/muffin batter too finely can lead to a hard finally baked cake/muffin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Over-stirring muffin mixtures From here: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/bakingdesserts/r/plainmuffins.htm The key to making great muffins is not overmixing the ...
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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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How to make a cake less dense

So I've just recently started baking and I've tried a bunch of cakes using the basic combination of the following ingredients: 225g unsalted butter , softened 225g caster sugar 4 eggs 225g ...
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What are those cakes called which don't have an icing on them?

I have eaten some home made cakes which never had any icings, they still tasted brilliant. What are those cakes called which don't need an icing on them? I heard they are called "Sponge cakes". Is ...
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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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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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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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How long does butter cream icing keep?

My icing is 1/4 cup butter to 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar and a couple tablespoons of milk, so I'm thinking that with so much sugar, the answer is "almost indefinitely in the fridge." So, as the title ...
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How can I get my layer cake to cook more evenly/not burned?

I usually make a two layer cake, and I have a family favourite cake recipe which is fool-proof. I now want to start making one layer (thicker) cakes and i am using catering grade tins. I just finished ...
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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 kind of stabilizers can I use when making souffles, Japanese cheesecake or egg beaten products?

I would like to know more about effective stabilizers for egg-based cakes and similar dishes. I've heard that some people use gelatine, but wouldn't that make the cake ( Japanese cheesecake) have a ...
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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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How to make a frothy icing?

I bought a tin of ready-made chocolate icing from the super market. But it's very dense and viscous while I prefer the more airy kind of icing the cakes from the bakery have. Can I do something to ...
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How to keep the surface of the cake from splitting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you make a cake lift equally and minimize doming? Or is it natural for it to happen because the top layer has expanded? what should I do if I wanted to make an ...
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For a baking beginner, what cake icing you recommend?

I am a beginner in cooking/baking. I have tried a couple of cake and muffin recipes, the simple ones turn into a hard crust after a while. There are good ones that need temperature measurements and ...
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How many jumbo double yolk eggs should I substitute for large eggs?

If I only have jumbo double yolk eggs, should I reduce the amount of eggs called for in cake recipe (which calls for large eggs), and if so, by how much?
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How do I get the flaky top on ooey gooey butter bars?

I'm making Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (also known as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake) for holiday goodie baskets. I'm having trouble getting the top to be flaky like it is on the bars sold at the ...
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What is the proper oven rack height position for baking cakes and cookies?

My oven has five rack positions. When baking a cake mix, at what height should the oven rack be placed at? If it helps, I usually bake using two 9" round pans. The box of cake mix typically doesn't ...
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How to stop a sponge cake (chiffon cake) from deflating/sinking?

Beating of the whites is perfected. When folding in the cake mixture and the egg whites is there a specific technique? I place in about 1/3, fold, 1/3, fold, and the rest using a spatula, and turn ...
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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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Is it bad if a sponge cake sits out for a couple hours before cooking?

I am making cupcakes and was wondering if it is okay if you leave the batter out for a couple hours before cooking.
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How can I harden the centre of a partly cooked christmas cake

My christmas cake has been baked for the correct time as per recipe but the centre has remained soft whilst the outside is hard. Would a period in a microwave finish the centre without ruining the ...
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Making cake without oven

In the case that there isn't an oven; is it possible to make cake on electric cooktop by using basic kitchenware?
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Should a Pound Cake be stored in the fridge or the freezer?

After cooking a pound cake, should I place it in the freezer or in the refrigerator?
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What temperature and time should I use for a cupcake recipe?

I am having difficulty baking a vanilla and chocolate cup-size cake. The ingredients are as follows: 12 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup butter, cut into pieces 1 cup cold milk 1 ...
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Tres Leche Without Homemade Cake?

I've been wanting to make a tres leche cake and I have a few cake box mixes at home (yellow cake, spice cake and a chocolate cake). Could I use the yellow cake and then just fork it and pour over the ...