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

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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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Cooking an eggless cake

I am about to cook a cake. I have bought the cake mix. Now, in the instructions, it says that I have to mix it with the vegetable oil and add egg. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I do not eat egg. ...
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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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Cake sinks in the middle when baking. Only happens when I make a Coca-Cola Cake

When making a coca-cola cake I follow the directions exactly. But when it comes out of the oven it appears all the miniature marshmellows went to the center and sank. Hard to frost when the middle ...
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What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?

What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?
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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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Why use metal cake pan instead of silicone one?

I've been using silicone cake pans in my electric oven for a while and they work great and cakes come out easily and washing then is also very convenient. However I see that there're lots of ...
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Dangers to continuing to cook an unfinished torte?

I made the mistake of assuming a torte would be done when the timer went off. I removed it from the oven and turned off the heat. Forty minutes later I discovered my error. Is it safe to reheat the ...
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?
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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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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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Jam Rolly-polly

Today I made for the first time a jam rolly-polly. It is very tasty (if I do say so myself) and perfectly edible, however while it was cooking, the top layer split and did not rise. Can anyone ...
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Why should I wrap a cake tin in newspaper?

I have a Christmas Cake recipe which instructs me to "wrap the outside of the [cake] tin with a few sheets of newspaper, securing with staples or string". What is the reason for doing this, and is it ...
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Is cheesecake a cake or a pie?

Is cheesecake technically a pie or a cake? I'm curious as to why. Are there solid definitions of what makes a dessert a cake or a pie?
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Good techniques for stirring dough

Is there any particular technique for stirring dough (particularly cake dough) that is to be recommended? When I stir dough, I find that I develop too much gluten (i.e. it gets too chewy) and don't ...
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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 is substitute for rum in baking?

Some cake recipes calls for rum, and there is none available. How to substitute? If possible, it should be non-alcoholic. Also, what is its role in baking or cooking?
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What is the difference between Devil's Food and Chocolate cake?

I always thought they were (perhaps regionally) different labels for the same cake. While at a local fair, I noticed that there were separate categories for Devil's Food and Chocolate cake.
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Can I repair a cake tin which has started to leak?

I have a cake tin (the sprung false bottom type) which, although the bottom seems to fit quite well, has started to leak when I pour cake mixture into it. Is there anything I can do to rescue the tin ...
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How do I add butter to a sponge cake?

I made a Genoise following James Peterson's recipe in Baking, but without the optional butter. I used an electric hand mixer. The cake came out fine, as in the picture. The second time I decided to ...
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How do I incorporate chiles into a chocolate cake recipe?

One of the traditional combinations of chilies and chocolate is a Mole sauce or the Aztec hot chocolate drink, it has also made a reappearance in the modern confectionery scene. How can I incorporate ...
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What role do eggs play in baking?

Why do we use eggs in cake baking?
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How to keep thin sponge bases moist

I enjoy making multi layered sponge cakes (specifically chiffon sponge), but I find that when cooking a much thinner base than for a normal sponge (around 1cm height), I am faced with a decision of ...
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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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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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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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Can I add unsweetened cocoa to a store-bought white cake mix to make chocolate cake mix?

I know that buying a chocolate cake mix would be the easiest, but there is a white cake mix whose flavor I like...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to get sprinkles to stick to the side of a cake?

I need to prepare a cake, but in my previous attempts, I can't seem to get the chocolate sprinkles to stick to the sides of my cake. The cake will have a layer of icing as a base for the sprinkles, ...
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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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Cooking cakes with Pop Rocks / Space Dust

I want to build a cake with Pop Rocks / space dust. Has anyone got any ideas on how I would do this? If I add the Pop Rocks straight to my cake mixture, then I believe it'll just react. Any ...