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

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Why is it called coffee cake?

There is no coffee in any of the recipes I've seen for coffee cake, so why is it called that?
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How to incorporate alcohol (rum) into a cake recipe?

How can I incorporate alcohol (rum, in this case) into an existing cake recipe (pumpkin cake, for example)? Can I simply replace the water with rum?
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How do packet cake mixes get their lightness without creaming butter and sugar?

I don't get it. Do they have some chemical leaveners in them or something? I just had a slice tonight and upon complementing the chef on its lightness, was told it was a packet mix—just add ...
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Why does my cake rise more in the center? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you make a cake lift equally and minimize doming? I recently started baking and my cakes always seem to rise more in the center, creating a sort of bump. It has ...
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Can salted butter be used for yellow cake recipe?

I need help D: I'm making 300 yellow cupcakes for prom in 2 days and I've purchase salted butter instead of unsalted . - Can I use the salted butter instead of using unsalted and just not add in salt ...
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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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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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Can you substitute butter in a box cake recipe that calls for oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Conversion rule: how to switch oil and butter? Most box cake mixes call for adding oil and water. What would be the effect of using butter instead of oil, and what ratio ...
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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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What could I substitute for coffee in an Opéra cake

I would like to bake an Opéra cake for someone who doesn't really appreciate the taste of coffee. Since coffee and chocolate are the two main elements, I am wondering: what flavour could I substitute ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Baking in Glass Loaf Pan

Do you have to adjust oven temperature and cooking time when cooking in glass loaf pans? My Ricotta Pound cake never seemed to get done in the middle (took another 10 minutes beyond recommended ...
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Bundt Pan Substitution?

I have a cake recipe that calls for baking in a bundt pan (it's a sweet potato spice cake). Can I use another kind of pan, or will it affect the quality of the cake?
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What can I use in place of allspice?

I have a recipe for Dutch apple raisin cake that calls for a half teaspoon of allspice, which I don't have. Would ground cloves or nutmeg or a combo of both work? I know that allspice is a spice unto ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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What can replace vegetable butter?

I am making a dairy- and gluten-free cake. What can I use to replace vegetable butter?
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Spooning cake mix

Many recipes I have say to 'spoon' the cake mix into the tin. I was just wondering if there is any difference between 'spooning' the mixture in or just pouring it?
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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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Cakes that can be cooked whilst camping?

I love camping, and would like to expand my camping cooking repertoire. This got me wondering if I could cook cakes (other than pancakes) whilst camping where I won't have an oven, and will only have ...