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

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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

My dad's birthday party is tomorrow, and I do not know how to decorate his cake. He does not eat foods containing artificial flavoring or coloring. What are some methods I could use to accomplish ...
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Why did my rum cake turn black?

A friend baked a rum cake for me. She baked it in an aluminum pan. The cake was soaking in rum. Overnight the cake turned BLACK. I suspect this is a chemical reaction, but cannot find information ...
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What are the Purposes of the Types of Meringue that are used for Pastry?

i have seen a lot of recipes, which calls french meringue mostly in spongy cakes in the japanese cheesecake for example and other cake recipes, but for the decoration and filling of them are used ...
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How to thicken a sour cream-based pastry cream?

I did some research, but can't find the answer to my problem: I need to thicken the cream that I am making for my layered cake. The cream is made of sour cream and sweetened condensed milk. The cream, ...
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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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salamande(?): name of bread

Last weekend, I had a delicious bread, whose name was Sal-ra-man-d. Since English is not my native language, its name was written in non-english. It sounds like french. But I don't know its exact name....
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Chocolate cake baked from recipe is too delicate/fragile

I tried baking a chocolate espresso cake from this recipe. The idea was to produce a cake that could be used for a layered cake, similar to the entire recipe itself. I baked a single layer as a test, ...
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Why is syrup added to a cake before frosting?

Why is syrup added to the inside of a cake before frosting? Maybe the cream sticks better with each layer of cake?
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Putting a solid chocolate bar inside cake dough: what's the outcome?

Let's say I'm making a plain vanilla cake in a rectangular shape. If I were to put a solid chocolate bar in the middle of the dough before baking it, what would the outcome be when the cake is removed ...
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Gluten-free Carrot Cake batter mixed with normal Carrot Cake batter

Yesterday I wanted to make 2 small carrot cakes (1 gluten-free for a celiac friend, and a regular one). For the gluten-free one, I literally just swapped regular wheat flour for corn flour (same ...
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Fully submerged water bath for stove top baking?

So normally, stove top cooking never results in all around heat like in an oven but what if you were to submerge (underwater bath instead of just around the sides) a dish in simmering water and then ...
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Why would the exterior of a cake cook and not the interior?

I attempted to make the blueberry corn cake from "All About Cake" by Christina Tosi, and for both layers, the top of the cake got rock solid and started to collapse down, but the inside of the cake ...
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Fixing a dry cake batter

I made a chocolate cake batter last night to test for my sons birthday cake. I made a batch of cupcakes with it to test it and it came out dry. Now I’m not sure if it’s from over baking or something ...
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Sourdough starter with milk vs just using regular starter and adding milk separately?

How much of a difference would it make to the final product and which one would be the better choice for any enriched sourdough breads/pastries/cakes etc? And by "regular starter" I mean the normal ...
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How long does it take a hot oven to become cold [closed]

The recipe calls for a cold oven and I something baking in the oven on 450. How long will it take to for it to be cold again?
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How to make a good looking cake with a mountain like shape? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, and not specifying any particular recipe, why does my cake have a small dome on top, while the chef's recipe looks like this: The dome on top looks like a mountain, with a good ...
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Can you overmix a gluten-free cake?

If you're making a regular cake, you add all the first ingredients (eggs, butter, sugar, ...) and mix everything well. When you add the last ingredient, the flour, you mix until it's just incorporated,...
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How to achieve a super leavened cake as the Pierre Herme ones?

I made several cakes in my life. I know the difference between different leavening agents. I know that low temperature tends to make flatter cakes, but I never could get this kind of shape. If I use a ...
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Sponge Cake vs (UK) Angel Cake: what's the difference

Having made various random cakes over the years, I'm trying to get my head around what I'm actually doing, so I can experiment a little I suppose. Now, a pound cake is butter+sugar, then eggs, then ...
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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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Once mixed, how long is cake batter good when refrigerated?

After using a cake mix to bake in a lamb shaped form, I have batter left over. How long can I keep it refrigerated (not frozen) and still combine it with another cake mix batter -- and have the second ...
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How can I intensify the orange flavour in orange cake?

The ingredients I followed are: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup white sugar 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ...
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What to do with a failed cake?

Yesterday, my wife baked a cake. Unfortunately, it was a disastrous fail. Instead of fluffy and juicy it turned out to be a compact and painfully chewy mass (not to say mess). It is so compact that ...
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Eggy cake with less egg is dry: what next?

I'm working to a pretty standard recipe for cake (s.r. flour, butter, sugar, egg, flavours, etc), and it comes out too eggy. I can usually make a sponge without faff but to do that I use a different ...
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What is the upper limit of cake pan size before I definitely need a tube cake pan of angel food cake?

I am actually making a giant cupcake and I have a paper mold that is about 6.5 inches and 7 inches high. I am completely familiar with the mechanics of how angel food cakes and chiffons work, I just ...
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Why is gluten-free baking possible?

Maybe a silly question, but I've been trying to learn a lot of baking fundamentals and trying to understand specifically what makes a cake. Most explanations I've read are something along the lines of:...
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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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Why are there bitter bits in my cake?

I made a vanilla cake from scratch using this recipe and when I removed it from the pan, I noticed little brown lumps along the bottom and edges the size of BB pellets. I tasted one of the spots, ...
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Determining Bundt pan size when recipe gives a loaf tin size

What size Bundt pan do I need for a pound cake that is supposed to be baked in a 9 by 5 loaf tin ? I have a Bundt pan (never used one before) that holds 8 cups of water.
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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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What happens to pound cakes if I forget the flour and then add it after baking a little?

I was making pound cakes. I put the mixture in loaf pans, noticing the consistency looked off. I put them in the oven and about 5 minutes later I realized I forgot to put in the flour. I took the pans ...
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Preparing as much as possible of a cake in advance

It's my girlfriend's birthday this WE and I plan on secretly preparing a cake she likes. However, we'll be in the countryside with friends this WE, and I'll have very limited time to prepare on site ...
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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 I calculate an increase in pan sizes for a cake recipe?

How do I figure out what to increase in a cake recipe for bigger pan sizes? I have a cake recipe that uses two 8-inch round pans; how would I change the recipe to accommodate one 10-inch and one 14-...
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What is the difference between a lemon pound cake, a lemon loaf, and a lemon bread?

Cream Cheese Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake (http://www.thesugarcoatedcottage.com/cream-cheese-lemon-blueberry-pound-) Lemon-lavender greek yogurt pound cake (http://www.bakeyourday.net/lemon-lavender-...
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Chiffon cake constantly has an unfilled bottom

Not sure why this keeps happening. I read that mixing the yolks is critical and I mix until the color becomes whiter. In the oven it grows very tall roughly 20 minutes after start, but starts ...
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Proper Order to Incorporate Ingredients in Pound Cake

When making a pound cake, this is the usual order I use: (1) Cream butter (2) Add sugar and beat it in (3) Gradually add eggs and beat them in (4) Gently fold in flour, alternating with liquid (if ...
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What makes cake a Sponge Cake? And what doesn't?

I've been watching the Great British baking show and they refer to basically every cake as a sponge. I live in the USA and grew up in Australia. We just called cake, cake. I know how to make a ...
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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting to add ...
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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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What would be considered thick milk in old recipe

I have a cake recipe from my Grandmother that calls for thick milk? Anyone know what this might be? Not sure of the cake name, handwriting is hard to read. Full recipe is 1 c sugar, 2 eggs, 1 c ...
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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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Substituting sugar with a liquid stevia concentrate in a cake

I have a cake recipe that consists of a dry part, a liquid oil part and eggs. Around half of the dry part consists of sugar. I would like to replace that sugar with liquid stevia concentrate at a very ...
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Less sweet / lower sugar alternative to icing?

When making a cake as a base line I usually halve the recommended sugar as I find it too sweet. Now I want to ice the cake for appearance and colour I notice that icing recipes are loaded with sugar. ...
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Baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens

Is there a difference in the output or in the procedure when baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens? What are the basic and crucial differences found among cakes baked in ...
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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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Can I bake 2 cakes at a time on 2 different shelves in my oven toaster grill?

I have a 45 liter capacity oven toaster grill, with 3 rack levels. Can I use the 2 shelves at a time, to bake 2 cakes simultaneously?
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How important is the creaming process while making a cake?

A few of the chocolate cake recipes I read always start with the step - mix butter and sugar until creamy. I've tried a couple of times but failed to create anything near to creamy. But a few recipes ...
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Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake - How to stop collapsing?

I've recently found videos about Japanese "Cotton" Sponge Cake. (Possibly also called a 'Jiggly Cake'?) I've never had it, but I figured it looked good, so why not try it? All of the videos I have ...
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the oil I put in cake mix is old

The oil I used in a cake mix was old & made the batter taste like old oil. Is there a salvage or is it ruined?