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

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What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe?

I have a recipe for a chocolate buttermilk cake. It's not constructed like most cakes, but it's always turned out OK. I've always wondered what does the coffee in the recipe do? Is the coffee ...
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What is the best technique to put icing on plastic?

I'm going to attempt to do is bake a cake for my daughter's first birthday. The cake is going to be based on this recipe, but I want it to look more like this one. Now if you look at the 2nd link, it ...
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What does meringue powder do in butter cream icing?

I've recently been taking a Wilton cake decorating class. Part of the curriculum includes making our own buttercream icing. Many of Wilton's recipes for buttercream and like icings call for the ...
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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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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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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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Baking a cake in a larger/smaller pan

Is there a guide or rule of thumb about scaling a cake. If the recipe calls for an 8-inch square pan and I use a 10-inch square pan, how will it behave in the oven? I expect the baking time will be ...
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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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Is it possible to prevent a japanese cheesecake from deflating or sinking?

A japanese cheesecake is basically like a cheesecake fused with a spongecake. When i beat the egg whites they peak perfectly then i am required to get 1/3 of the egg white mixture and fold it into ...
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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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Preventing heavy top layer of cake from crushing cream layer

I'm making a flourless cake with almond meal, thus quite dense, and it's also covered completely with whole cherries. I thought I'd slice the cake horizontally and put a layer of cream in. The top ...
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How should I alter a chocolate cake recipe to make plain/flavoured cake?

I have a really good chocolate cake recipe. It's so good that I want to use it as a base for all my cakes. How do I alter this recipe to make different cakes like vanilla, lemon, coconut, etc.? I ...
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How can I get the maximum flavor from orange peels?

At first glance this question might look like a duplicate of this one: How can I intensify the orange flavour in orange cake? it isn't. I'm making this cake for the second time:Orange Olive Oil Cake ...
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Non-beet alternatives to standard red food dye

I'd like to make a red colored cake for my red-head daughter's first birthday, and I would like a non-beet alternative way to dye it red. I've made red velvet cake before and the bug-based food ...
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How much can I change the height of a cake?

It's pretty common to find cake recipes with pans that don't match the size of pans you have. I know ideally you would make sure total area of the pans is the same as in the original recipe, so that ...
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Doubling ingredients on panettone cake

The recipe below makes a small panettone cake. I would like to make a cake twice the size, is it ok to just double all the ingredients? Yeast 1⁄2 tsp Strong White Flour 300 g (11 ...
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How would you restore sweetness and moisture in this bundt cake?

This is a follow-up to my first question about this bundt cake recipe. I baked that bundt cake again with some changes from a blog post that @Stephie's answer linked to. Specifically: reduce 2.75 ...
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Making cake without oven

In the case that there isn't an oven; is it possible to make cake on electric cooktop by using basic kitchenware?
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How to adjust oil in recipe when adding peanut butter

I made a peanut butter cake, but it had too much oil. I used a recipe I'm familiar with, but added peanut butter to it. I used natural peanut butter (only contains peanuts and a little salt). How ...
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What to add to the batter of the cake to avoid hardening when the gluten formation can't be avoided?

So, over mixing batter forms gluten, which in turn hardens the cake. Fine. The problem is that I don't want lumps in the cakes, and the above statement prevents me from fine mixing the batter. So, is ...
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How to get glacé icing right on a cake?

It sounds simple enough. You take some icing sugar, wet it, mix it up until it's smooth, and then cover your cake with the stuff. The problem is, when I do this, the icing always runs off the top of ...
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Colored cake without food coloring?

I'm wanting to make a layer cake for a birthday WITHOUT food coloring. Specifically, I'm wanting to make red and blue. Could I add raspberry juice or puree to a basic white cake recipe or would that ...
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Can I leave a cake / cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting out on the counter?

I need to frost a cake and cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for a late morning party tomorrow. I do not do a lot of baking so I'm concerned about when I should frost the cakes. For the sake of ...
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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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What considerations are there when using powdered or pasteurized eggs in baking cake?

If I am baking cake (from box mix or from scratch) and I don't have any fresh eggs, what must I take into account if I want to use powdered eggs or pasteurized liquid eggs instead? Will this work, and ...
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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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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 temperature and time do I need to bake a 35cm Madeira cake?

I am cooking a very large wedding cake (35 cm or 14 inch) and can't get the cooking time right. Is there a specific temperature I should use?
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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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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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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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Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
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Any other flour which can be used to replace Maida flour for chewy cakes?

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maida_flour Maida has been linked with diabetes[10] and known to cause blood sugar imbalances, have negative influence on Insulin.[1] Consuming maida makes people ...
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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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How to convert normal sponge to chocolate sponge

I have a recipe for a normal Victoria sponge. I also have a huge box of Swiss hot chocolate powder. (The kind you sprinkle onto hot milk to make drinking chocolate.) Is drinking chocolate a good way ...
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Why do some ingredients in baking recipes need to be at room temperature?

I've been starting to bake more cakes and cookies recently, and many recipes say to have some ingredients that are usually stored cold, like milk or eggs, to be added at room temperature. Why is this? ...
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How do I properly freeze a frosted cake?

I have a purchased frosted cake I would like to use closer to Christmas. I do not know if it would keep properly in the refrigerator without freezing. How could I freeze it properly ? (preferably ...
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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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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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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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What is the proper oven rack height position for baking cakes and cookies?

My oven has five rack positions. When baking a cake mix, at what height should the oven rack be placed at? If it helps, I usually bake using two 9" round pans. The box of cake mix typically doesn't ...
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Why did my devil food cake come out flavorless?

Here is a picture of my devil food cake . The recipe is in this video (there is no written recipe). Just by looking at the cake, could you tell what mistakes I have done baking it? Recipe: 400g ...
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Forgot to put brown and white sugar in cookie dough

I made cookie dough. I already put white chocolate chips and so on. I forgot to put in brown and white sugar... How can I fix this?
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Can these settings bake a cake?

I've tried baking so many times with this kind of oven settings but they never work. The exterior of the cake looks fine, but when cut opened, they look as if they were never cooked. The oven doesn't ...