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

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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 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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How much white chocolate should I use in a white chocolate cake?

I am trying to develop a white chocolate cake formula. The recipes that we tried were dry or did not have the right flavor or consistency. I found no guide line as to how much white chocolate to use. ...
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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 to “fill” a cake made from a cupcake recipe

I have several cupcake recipes. I know it's easy to convert to a cake (just adjust baking time and figure out correct pan size). My question is many of the cupcake recipes have a filling that is ...
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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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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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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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Commercial Sponge Cake Improver?

Many years ago (35+) my grandmother received a container of a 'sponge cake improver' from a family member whom was a commercial baker. She describes it as looking like a thick amber liquid or paste. ...
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how to whip UHT cream?

Today I was making a cake for which I needed whipped cream. The local store did not have fresh cream so I bought UHT cream, I am not sure that's the correct term in English, you basically treat it ...
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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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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 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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How to trim a cake so it's level?

If you cake is too domed, you can just cut the top off, right? Thing is, I tried this, and now my cake is taller on one side than the other. So it's still not flat! ;-) Does anybody have any good ...
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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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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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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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Make a chocolate Cake

I want to alter this recipe to make a chocolate cake. 3/4 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/4 tsp of almond extract 1 1/2 cups of almond flour 1/2 cup of coconut ...
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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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Cake flavour options [closed]

I want to make an easy cake. What flavor should I do it? I have already tried strawberry, vainilla and chocolate cakes, but I want something different that its not too difficult.
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What happens to partially baked cake, when it is cooked in Microwave? [duplicate]

Today I was baking a cake in convection mode of my microwave, with setting of 30 mins @ 180°C. On completion, I found cake was not fully baked so I decided to bake it for 10 more mins. Here I made a ...
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Substitues for Vegetable Oil -Spread-

A cake recipe of mine calls for ½ cup of Vegetable Oil Spread (Specifically stating 70% fat), which I don't currently have. I found questions that deal with substituting either Butter for Oil, Oil ...
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Why do my cakes taste like cinnamon?

I baked a cake using eggs, butter, milk, vanilla extract, flour, cocoa and baking soda. I baked it at 450F for 30 mins. I tested it and the knife came clean. It looked okay but tasted horrible, like ...
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What does cleave mean with regards to a pan of batter?

When pouring a Japanese Cheesecake into the baking pan recipe states do not "cleave"... I have never seen this term Ina recipe.. Please advise!! Thanks
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How do you convert a cake recipe to brownies?

I'm thinking more oil/butter and less water, but I'm not sure of the ratios. I would probably also cook brownies for a shorter amount of time. What determines a cake's fluffiness and a brownie's dense ...
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Eggless brownie, cake, dessert recipes [duplicate]

I am looking to find recipes for desserts, specifically brownies and cakes although others are greatly appreciated, that do not contain eggs. Is there a sort of egg substitute that works just as well ...
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What is the difference between cheesecake and NY cheesecake?

I believe it's density but I'm not sure. What make cheesecake a NY style? Is there different ingredients. Some people call their recipe NY Cheesecake and they are not.
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how to make shiny figures for cake decoration?

I am wondering how are the little figures on this cute cake are made? Whats the material and where can you buy molds and casts to shape them? and how are they so shiny?
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I want to make a mug cake, can i use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cocoa powder left and I am wondering if using cadbury's hot chocolate mix would give me the same effect.
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Too much water in box cake mix batter. Can it be fixed?

I added too much water in my box cake mix and I already mixed the 2 together. What can I do to save the cake? Could I add another box of cake mix to the batter?
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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 size the same tin was used for each 3 layers but when putting them together they were all different in size and had ...
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Storing cake batter

I know ideally when you make cake batter, you want to bake it right away, but could you store it in the fridge for a day or two (like you can pancake batter)? I'm entering a lot of items in a ...
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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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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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What kind of cookware can melt in a microwave? Is it safe to eat food cooked in a melted cookware?

We were trying to prepare a chocolate cake using a Panasonic Microwave. We set the oven to auto mode for cake preparation. There was a time for preheating (180°C) and then asked us to place the cake ...
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Sponge cake: excessive cooking time

I haven't baked anything for over a decade. But the other day I decided to have a go at doing a Victoria sponge. As a result, I now have lots of questions. But I'll try to keep things focused. All ...
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Removing that eggy smell from cakes

I've been baking for not that long now and I usually peruse the web and the hundreds of books I have at home before I attempt a recipe. However there is one thing I am just not able to get down right. ...
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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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How to change this frosting recipe to get a thicker result?

Making chocolate cake and frosting per recipe below from Hershey's recipe. The frosting we made is a bit too liquidy to put on the cake, more like icing. is there a way (or even hack) to make it ...
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how long does a cake with avocado frosting last in the fridge? [duplicate]

I am making a cake that I will frost with avocado frosting. For how many days can I keep cakes/cupcakes frosted with avocado frosting in the fridge? I use this avocado frosting recipe from Alton ...
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Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?
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How do you make a cake lift equally and minimize doming?

Some time ago, I baked a cake (Sachertorte to be exact). The taste and texture was fine, so my recipe is okay. My biggest issue was the shape. In the middle it was really a lot higher than on the ...
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How to convert a specific cake recipe I have to make brownies? [duplicate]

I have a cake recipe which I love it and would like to turn it into brownies. Can someone help me? - 3 eggs - 2 cups sugar - 3 cups flour - 2 cups powdered chocolate - 1 cup oil - 1 cup of bowling ...
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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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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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Can white wine vinegar be used instead of white vinegar?

Recipe calls for white vinegar Can I use white wine vinegar diluted to 5 % acidity?
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What can I do with batter that has lumpy sugar in it?

I was making a scratch cake, and my sugar (to my chagrin) was inferior. When I beat it into the batter, it turned into many tiny lumps. Has anyone ever figured out how to solve this problem? I beat ...