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

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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 went wrong with this bundt cake?

I've tried making Baked's Ultra Lemony Lemon Bundt Cake four times (recipe here: http://bakedsundaymornings.com/2015/04/27/in-the-oven-ultralemony-lemon-bundt-cake-with-almond-glaze/). Four times ...
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How will less flour affect molten lava cakes?

I made some molten cakes the other day, using this recipe from Betty Crocker. However, it is very "cakey." The molten cakes I've had before in restaurants have had more of a "truffle" consistency. ...
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How to properly store a Chinese new year cake and how long will it last?

I've received a Chinese new year cake, my question is how do I properly store it? Do I need to refrigerate it? Also, how long will it last assuming that I properly store it.
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How to turn a brownie mix into a cake?

So, I asked my friend to get me a chocolate cake mix, but she accidentlt got me a brownie mix instead (Betty Crocker Brownie mix). I wanted to make a chocolate cake for tomorrow's Super Bowl. However, ...
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What is the difference between acetate sheets and baking paper when making chocolate deco?

I would like to make chocolate decorations with melted chocolate. After searching on the web, however, I am not quite sure I could find acetate sheets. But I can find baking paper. Would there be any ...
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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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Why is my cake crumbly?

I used a new cupcake recipe. It has raving reviews about how moist it is. Mine turned out moist but it's very crumbly. Any suggestions? Ingredients 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup ...
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How to bake a veiny cake?

I had an idea for halloween, which involves baking a sponge cake and piping icing on it to make it look like a brain. For bit more authenticity, I was hoping to get some red jam or something to vein ...
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Devil's food cake turned out dry and dense

I tried this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/devils-food-cake-recipe.html However, when I did it, the cake came out dry and dense and not very tasty. According to many other ...
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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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How to change a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake?

I've seen this question about how to alter a chocolate cake recipe to make a plain cake, my question is the other way around, how to alter a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake? I read in a ...
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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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Help identifying Turkish dessert

Anyone familiar with Turkish cuisine know what this is? I had this in Istanbul. All I could gather from the owner was that it is made of milk. The texture was like a very moist cake. The taste was ...
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What to do with excess Wham bars

I currently have 50 wham bars in my kitchen , I went a bit ott at wholesalers and after eating one my jaw felt like it was going to give in . Can any of you offer up an ingenious solution for my ...
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Can i use non stick cooker (futura pressure cooker) for making cake without oven

I saw so many recipes but in every recipe simple cooker is used.
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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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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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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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Making a carvable cake

My son and I want to make a cake shaped like a frog. Our plan is to bake two layers, cut them out into shapes, stack one on top of the other, and then finish carving the cake into the shape of a ...
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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 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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Springform pan vs. regular cake pan

Can a regular cake such as from a cake mix be baked in a springform pan? If so, will the results be the same as a normal cake pan?
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One base cake mix and then make several flavors

Does anyone know how to make one base cake mix and then make several flavors for cupcakes? I was thinking a basic white cake mix then SPLITTING mix into Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Strawberry. Thank ...
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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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How to season / care for a Bundt pan?

I just got a new cast-aluminum Bundt pan and I want to take care of it so my bundts don't stick. Does anyone have any helpful advise about how to season and clean the bundt pan?
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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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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. If I use Cadbury's hot chocolate mix, would it give me the same effect?
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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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Can a disposable aluminium pan be used to bake a cake?

I want to know if an aluminium lasagna pan can be used in an oven for baking a cake?
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Oven temperature vs time adjustments

My cake recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 55 minutes. I had to bake it for 15-20 minutes longer for inside to be done. Can I adjust the temperature to 360°F to bake for 55 minutes without burning ...
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Cake Projector Alternatives

My wife is making a cake for some kid, and she asked me to come up with something brilliant to project an image of the Paw Patrol dog (like this guy) she needs to draw on the cake, but we don't have 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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Can I soak dried fruit in sweet wine instead of liqueur for use in fruitcakes?

The recipes for fruitcake that I've looked at say to soak the dried fruit in brandy, rum, etc., i.e., something with a high alcohol content. I've been using liqueur which works well. I was wondering ...
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Is there a difference between preheating temperature and baking temperature?

Many cake recipes say something like: Heat oven to 350F, then bake the cake around 25 to 30 minutes. What does this mean? After preheating the oven, what temperature do I bake the cake at for ...
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Why did my Chiffon Cake collapse?

Recipe used: 75g flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 80g sugar + 15g sugar (for the meringue) 2 eggs (60g each) 35g oil 60g water Instructions: Place all ingredients except egg whites and 15g sugar in 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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How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?

Recently I made some cupcakes that turned out mostly great. However, even other people than me – I have an aversion towards overly "sugary" desserts – said they were fairly sweet, and for me it seemed ...
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Halving Cake Recipe- Baking Time

I want to make a chocolate cake for my birthday BUT since it's only for me I want to halve the recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/04/08/triple-chocolate-layer-cake/comment-page-8/#comments ...
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Have to preserve a cake for decoration purposes

We had a cake which was made for our school opening and we need to find something to spray on to preserve the cake? For the future. We called other cake shops but they didn't have anything we could ...
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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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Difference between baking a cake in cooking range and microwave oven

I don't know much about the difference between cooking range and oven. But I just want to know what difference must be made to bake a cake using a cooking range. I used to bake cakes in a microwave ...
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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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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“Cloth” that's edible (or even better, yummy)?

For the birthday of a keen sailor I want to make a a yacht-shaped cake, ideally with a sail rigged (not least because with my rather limited cake-creating skills it will reduce the risk that it gets ...
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How does substituting yogurt into a cake change the texture and why can it be used?

I've read about using yogurt in cake recipes to make them healthier. I was wondering how and why does replacing the fat by yogurt work, in particular whether the cake becomes rubbery and how to avoid ...
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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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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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Adding melted chocolate to a sponge cake batter

I have baked a victoria sponge cake and it came out fine. In order to make a chocolate sponge cake, Can I use the same recipe of Victoria sponge cake and just add some quantity of melted chocolate to ...