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

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Why does a cake recipe call for 2 tbsp of hot water?

This is my sponge cake recipe, I would like to know why add the 2 tbs of hot water 4 egg separated 1 tsp vanilla essence 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp cream of ...
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Wouldn't this cake batter be too runny? Would the coffee affect the texture?

I came across What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe? as a similar question to one I'd just asked about baking. Looking at the recipe she provided there, wouldn't the amount of ...
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What size cake pan could be substitued in place of muffins?

I have a recipe that the blogger said made 24 mini muffins and had enough batter left for 4 regular sized muffins. If I want to make it into a cake or loaf, what size pan would I need? I know it ...
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Soaking fruits in fruit juice [closed]

Can I soak fruits in fruit juice for a fruit cake? If yes, do I need to boil the juice? Thanks a lot.
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The quantity of which ingredients should be increased to raise the moistness of a cake?

I tried this recipe and found the result to be quite dry for my taste. It contains milk, oil, and eggs. Which among the three should be increased to how much amount in order to raise the moistness ...
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Boxed pancake mix - Allpurpose or Cake Flour?

Is boxed pancake mix usually made out of Allpurpose flour, or cake flour?
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mixing cake batter in a blender?

I only have a blender, and was wondering if you could make cake batter in a blender. Till now I've been mixing by hand, but I have a recipe that calls for creaming sugar and oil, and I don't know how ...
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Lowering oven temps

Can you start a cake at 350 F (180 C), then lower the oven to 325 F (160 C)? What happens to cake? Recipe calls for 350 but the recipe is old. Other recipes I have checked online say to bake at a ...
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Cake in homemade chocolates

I have added some cake pieces and cherries to homemade chocolates. Can I keep them for 5-10 days? Since the cake and cherries are in chocolate, will they last for a longer time?
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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 to get glacé icing right on a cake?

Edited: Made the question a little less rambling. I always thought that icing a cake was a pretty simple process. And then I tried to actually do it. Oh boy, how wrong I was! It sounds simple ...
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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. Is there anything special about mug cake that makes it ...
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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 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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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 kind of paste do I use to form shapes to decorate a cake?

What do I use to create forms and decorate a cake? Like the minions seen here:
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Thawed frozen blueberries inside cake roll?

I would like to put frozen, thawed blueberries inside a red velvet cake roll filled with cream cheese icing. I am concerned that the blueberries may "bleed" or just look a mess instead of having the ...
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How much time is required to bake?

How much time should the oven be preheated to reach the desired temperature? To bake cupcake recipes that say 180 C, how long should the oven be preheated and which level must be set among LOW, ...
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Can I use a nonstick or stainless steel pan to bake a cake in a microwave

Can I use a nonstick pan or a stainless steel pan to bake a cake in a microwave?
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Rolled marzipan as cake filling?

Do people ever use rolled marzipan as a layer between cake layers frosted in buttercream?
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Malva pudding recipe containing too much bicarb and vinegar?

I tried making Malva pudding today using this recipe and the results were decidedly off. I don't know if it was too acidy or basey but definitely didn't taste right. The recipy calls for 2tsp bicarb ...
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How can I extend shelf life of my cakes?

I need to bake a cake and send it over to a friend. It might take 5-7 days for the cake to reach him. What are the possible ways available to extend shelf life at least till the day it reaches him, ...
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Why does my pavlova always look like this?

It has circles on it every time I try to make it. And sometimes it just won't dry - it's soft; it doesn't really crack like I hope it would! It always sinks and the bottom is kinda sticky and dark ...
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Thickness of ready-to-roll icing

To what thickness should I roll out icing for covering a cake? I had a look at Google where values range from 1mm to 5mm. 5mm strikes me as a bit thick; and the last time I tried, I had some trouble ...
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So much water in cake, how to fix?

My mango chantilly cake has fallen, due to too much water inside the plastic storage. Now, assuming that I don't have an oven what are the practical workarounds that I can try to fix the cake? So far ...
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choosing a red food color for red velvet cake

Are there any tell tell signs to choosing a red food colouring for red velvet cakes. Having just whipped one up, mine is sadly brown despite a bottle and half (45ml) of red food colouring. Also can ...
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What technique is used to remove the bubbles and big hole from swiss rolls?

I would like to make a Swiss roll without big holes. The skin has to be smooth and beautiful - no bubble and holes. Do you have any technique or suggestion on this?
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Baking a Cake at the Wrong Temperature

I mistakenly baked my Carrot Cake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes as opposed to the correct temperature of 325 degrees for the same amount of time. What will happen? Do I need to throw it away?
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Chiffon gets stiff overnight

I left a chiffon I baked on the counter, wrapped in tin foil. And after 5~6 hours it shrank and became stiff. I thought maybe it's too warm and dry in the room(25 C, humidity around 35 %) so I put the ...
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How should I adjust the baking temperature?

I just baked a sponge cake, its sides are fluffy and fine but in the middle it's a bit stiff. When I stick a toothpick in the center it comes out clean and when I cut the cake up, it's not wet. So how ...
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Bundt Pan for a Citris Olive Oil Cake?

I'm making this next week (for guests, so I don't want to screw it up) Orange Olive Oil Cake. Of course it wasn't until I became married to the recipe that I saw it calls for a 10" round cake pan. ...
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Can Wilton cake fondant be kept in freezer?

My mom put a package of Wilton cake fondant in the freezer by mistake. Will it still usable once thawed and, would you thaw it now or just before its intended use?
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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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Do I have to use butter in a “butter yellow cake?”

My boyfriend wasn't looking at the store and picked up a "Butter yellow" cake mix instead of "Golden Yellow." Do we have to make it with butter or can we just leave it out and just use oil instead? Or ...
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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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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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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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Cooking qualities between Glass and metal pans

I have this recipe that is of the cake family. The base is canola oil and sugar. Whenever I cook this pan in a square glass pan it cooks perfectly. However, when I use metal pan it doesn't cook ...
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Temp and time for using half the recipe of cake

I have a recipe which makes cake for 6-8 ppl. I want to bake the same recipe using just the half recipe. It's original temp. Is 180 C using 40 minutes. Now after using just the half recipe what will ...
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How do I carve a 2D Betty Boop cake?

Help! This is my first 2D carved cake and I am very frustrated. Do I need to have the cake stacked and dirty iced or dry stacked to carve? I know to freeze the cake but I hate to make all that ...
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Why does my cakes fall? [closed]

When I bake cakes from scratch they fall in the middle. When I bake boxed cakes they do not fall. I do not know if I am overbaking or using too much liquid.
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Coating fruit before adding to a cake

I recently had an apple cake at a restaurant that was delicious. It tasted like a gooey-er version of a spice cake with apples and coconuts. I think I can recreate this at home using a box spice ...
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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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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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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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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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Why did my sponge cake go moldy so quickly?

I made a no-oil sponge cake for a swiss roll. I filled it with fresh whipped cream and then stored the cake in the fridge. It has gone moldy within 4 days of filling it. Since filling it, it has been ...
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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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Non-uniformly shaped cake methods

I was wondering about the methods used to produce non-uniformly (i.e., not a box or cylinder) shaped cakes. Let's say, I want a t-rex shaped cake (I went to engineering school long enough to know how ...
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Do rice cookers bake good cakes?

The new rice cooker I bought shows that it can bake a cake--like a sponge cake--in a rice cooker. I have also read that cakes turn out misshapen when made in a rice cooker. I've never baked a cake ...