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

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pan to bake a pound cake

I have a recipe for pound cake that I love, but I make it in a tube pan. I would like to make it in a 9x13 oblong pan, but don't know how long the cake should bake or if the recipe I use in the tube ...
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How can I get more lime flavor into my key lime cake recipe?

I found a great recipe for key lime cake, but it seems to lack the key lime flavor I am looking for. It has lime zest and juice in it, still a great cake, but it seems not enough lime kick to it.
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Freezing Buttercream Flowers for later use?

I would like to make some buttercream cake decorations in advance and freeze them for later use (I am very slow at creating these designs) I know I can freeze them but I don't know what people put ...
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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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What causes a cake to sink in the center?

I just pulled an Italian specialty cake out of the oven and was disappointed to see that it has sunk badly in the middle. It's not to be frosted or layered, so it might still be quite good, but what ...
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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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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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Can I marble two cakes that call for different cooking temperatures?

I have two cupcake recipes that I would like to combine into one marbled cupcake. However one recipe bakes at 350 degrees and the other bakes at 375 degrees. Can a combination be done?
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How to keep cake topper from toppling over

I have a wedding cake to do this weekend and the bride wants each cake tiers on separate tree stump. The top tier will be a 6 inch layer with a 4 inch layer. The tree stump for this top layer the ...
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Substituting parchment for foil in slow cooker

A slow cooker gooey brownie recipe calls for using aluminum foil as a liner. Can I substitute parchment paper for the foil? Since the OP seems to be long gone, I'm going to edit in this recipe, ...
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How to store a double iced cake

I am entering a baking contest (well, two actually that are two days apart). The first contest I am only baking three items, but the second I am baking (potentially) 15 items. Normally I have a much ...
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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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What is on top of this and how do you make it?

Chocolate fondant picture on yelp. As you can see this is a picture of a chocolate fondant. However what is on top of it? I have seen this many times.
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cake undercooked or too wet?

I recently tried this recipe: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/easy-pumpkin-bread/ with the following modifications: I didn't have any butter, so I substituted 1/3c olive oil and 2 pureed ...
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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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Stick wafer sticks to mudcake

How can I stick chocolate wafer sticks like this: on a mudcake to get this result:
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Any other flour which can be used to replace Maida flour for chewy cakes?

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maida_flour Maida has been linked with diabetes[10] and known to cause blood sugar imbalances, have negative influence on Insulin.[1] Consuming maida makes ...
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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 to convert normal sponge to chocolate sponge

I have a recipe for a normal Victoria sponge. I also have a huge box of Swiss hot chocolate powder. (The kind you sprinkle onto hot milk to make drinking chocolate.) Is drinking chocolate a good way ...
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?
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Dense and gluey centered cake problem

I tried baking a cake for the first time. The brief procedure I followed was: Mashed 4 eggs. Added to it 1 cup sugar, 200g butter. Mixed it using an electric mixer. Then added to it 1.5 cup of all ...
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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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How to bake a cake in a microwave oven

I wanted to bake a cake and I have a microwave oven. Can someone please let me know if I can bake a cake in it and how?
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What considerations are there when using powdered or pasteurized eggs in baking cake?

If I am baking cake (from box mix or from scratch) and I don't have any fresh eggs, what must I take into account if I want to use powdered eggs or pasteurized liquid eggs instead? Will this work, and ...
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Best way to stabilize wedding cake tiers

I am baking a 3 tier wedding cake for August. It will consist of 2 white layers and 1 chocolate layer in the middle. I am covering these layers with white fondant. Should I rather stabilize these ...
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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 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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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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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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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 do I distribute pastry in a tube pan?

Recently I tried to bake a cake in a silicone tube pan. I evenly distributed pastry over the bottom of the pan and put into the oven. While the cake was baking pastry expanded and started to fall ...
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How to avoid using artificial food coloring in cookie and cake decorating

It's been a week since I started some cake and cookie decorating, and normally one needs many colors to come up with a lovely colorful final result whether it is Butter cream, royal icing or fondant. ...
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Oil vs butter in chocolate sponge cake cake

I baked a Victoria chocolate sponge cake. It did not turn to be a sponge cake at all. I wouldn't call it hard, but it was definitely not a moist cake. It was kind of fudgy (but it won't pass off for a ...
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How should I convert my Victoria sponge to a chocolate sponge?

I generally bake Victoria sponge cake with 6 oz flour. Now to make a chocolate sponge cake do I substitute 2 oz of flour with cocoa powder or do I keep the 6 oz flour and add additional 2 oz cocoa ...
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Problem making cakes and pancakes

There is an issue I face whenever I try to make cakes or pancakes in which egg yolks and egg whites must be separated. I try to achieve the thickened creamy mixture by whipping egg yolks with a ...
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Floating rhubarb in cake

What causes diced rhubarb to float from the bottom of glass pan (where it was placed under a cake mix) to the top of cake mixture while baking?
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Cakes cooked in same tin but come out different sizes

I have recently made a wedding cake with 3 layers of cake for each tier. For each tier the same tin was used for each of the 3 layers but when putting them together they were all different in size ...
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royal icing and candy atop buttercream

Can I put royal icing snowflakes and hard candy shards on top of buttercream icing one day ahead or will the buttercream dissolve the royal icing and hard candy?
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Substituting instant imitation flavored pudding mix and cake mix in Bundt Cake recipe

Nothing Bundt Cakes makes delicious dark chocolate and white chocolate with a raspberry center. Thrilled to find copycat recipes online, both call for imitation flavored pudding mixes and cake mixes. ...
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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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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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Can adding milk prevent a cake from rising?

My white vanilla cake came out really flat despite using baking powder and soda. My mother told me that the milk (a small glass) I added to the batter may have prevented the cake from rising. Is she ...
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Mix a cake in a bag

I saw a recipe on the web (via reddit) of someone making cupcakes in a sandwich bag, and then piping it out by snipping off the corners. The main reason was to save washing up (and in my case lack of ...
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What happened to my cake?

I have used the same pound cake recipe in the same pan for years. The last two times I made it; the cake was a hot mess. The cake overflowed the pan onto my my freshly cleaned oven. It was very ...
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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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Can agar-agar be used in fondant icing in place of gelatin?

Can china grass (agar-agar) be used as a substitute to gelatin in fondant cake icing?
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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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Why does my Victoria sandwich have a hole in the base?

I've made the same cake recipe for years, no changes but suddenly my cakes look fine on top but when I turn them out there's a big hollow underneath! Help!
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blackened carrot cake

I have a favorite carrot cake recipe that I have made many times. it is always beautiful and tasty (although I am sure some would debate that since it contains pineapple). However, that last two ...