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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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Flourless cake didn't set

I made a cake with butter, eggs, caster sugar and 70% chocolate today. The cooking directions suggest 30 minutes in the oven in a bain marie. I followed the instructions to a tee (as I have done in ...
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whipped cream icing beforehand vs right before serving

I found a recipe of a chocolate poke cake with chocolate ganache in the holes and a whipped cream icing that it's supposed to be only on top, and then with pecans and chocolate flakes and dulce de ...
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Can I eat an eclair which has been at room temperature for almost 2 hours [duplicate]

I have recently bought an eclair and I'm not sure if I should eat it as it has been sat on the side for a good hour and a half/two hours. Please HELP!!
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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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How does one cook Banh Su Xue?

I just got this from the Asian supermarket: It says on the back "product requires cooking before consuming!", but nothing else. How does one cook frozen Ban Su Xue?
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Altering cake batter amount- how to adjust oven temp/baking time?

I'm planning to bake this cake. http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/03/23/my-favorite-carrot-cake-recipe/ BUT...Instead of making a two layer cake, I would like to make a one layer cake in a 9-...
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Alcohol evaporation of beer in a cake

I'd like to bake a Guinness flavored cocoa cake. My direction say to start by beating room temperature butter with brown sugar, then eggs and a mixture of flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. ...
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Over watered single layer

I put 1 cup of water in a single layer box recipe that only called for 1/2 cup. How much cake flour do I need to balance out the water?
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What is the difference between making a cheesecake with confectioner's sugar vs. normal sugar?

I would like to make a cheesecake with confectioner's sugar and though it's been awhile since I've made cheesecake, I believe I used normal sugar before. However, I only have confectioner's sugar on ...
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Cake Plenitude shape

This image represent the Cake Plenitude by Pierre Herme. It is composed of chocolate pound cake, caramel sauce, chocolat au sel. My main question is how to get this form of the cake. I make it with a ...
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How do I stop my Crispie/Crispy cake from going stale?

I make a Crispie type cake, but with my own homemade ingredients, Mallows,etc when I make it with shop bought Marshmallows etc it lasts for weeks, when I make it with my own ingredients it goes soft/...
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Is a boxed-mix cake sturdy enough to construct a sphere?

I am going to attempt to make a (roughly) spherical cake. The plan is bake two hemispheres, then put them together into a sphere. However, I'm rather concerned about the stability of the cake. I ...
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Fudge as a cake layer?

I have seen countless recipes for cakes that involve a fudge frosting, a soft, gooey layer of fudge that goes between layers of sponge. I have yet to find any cake/sweet recipes where traditional ...
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I put too much water in my cake mix! [duplicate]

I accidentally put 2 cups of water in one box of strawberry cake mix, and i was only supposed to put 1 cup. I dont have any extra boxes to start over with, and the consistency of it is too thin! How ...
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How should I decorate a Spanish Epiphany cake?

I live in Spain, however, being a Brit, Jan 6th really isn't high on my list of holidays - but what the heck! Tonight I have a few Spanish friends coming over, so I have made a bit of a buffet, ...
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Recreating Tonka Bean Gu Cake

Last year, Gu released this cake bar, described as 'Dessert with Layers of Milk Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel Crémeux, Chocolate and Almond Sponge on a Crisp Praline Base Irresistible layers of ...
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What is ideal temperature for baking cupcakes?

I baked two batches of cupcakes at 180˚C but both collapsed in the middle. I guessed I must have used a little extra baking soda in the first batch so I used lesser amount of baking soda and baking ...
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Can I make a pineapple upside down cheesecake in a springform pan?

I'm making a pineapple upside down cheesecake in a springform pan. Will it leak out? I haven't found a recipe for this. Any suggestion I'm going to put a crust just around the edge of the spring pan ...
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Should I take the cake out of oven immediately after it is baked or leave it in oven for some time

I follow all the recipe guidelines, but very often my cakes crumble and tend to be either moist of heavy inside although they appear nice brown and light outside and the tester comes out clean. I have ...
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How do eggs relate to the texture of the cake?

But to answer your last question, eggs role in cakes isn't necessarily to contribute flavor, but more as a binding agent, which ultimately determines the texture of your cake (e.g. light and airy, ...
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Oven racks and heating element

I read that we should place the cake pan on the middle rack when baking a cake. Since my oven has only 4 racks, I am not sure if I should put my cake pan on the second lowest rack or the second upper ...
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How to bake the Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake

Firstly - I have a Betty Crocker super moist white cake mix which is 16.25 oz. Would putting all of the 16.25 oz cake mix in a 9 x 1.5 inch wilton round pan not be a good idea? If it's not a good idea,...
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Chiffon Cake Problem [duplicate]

I would like to know what are the causes for a chiffon cake to have a caved in centre. After baking, the cake turns out with a nice dome. The cake is overturned immediately to cool. But after about ...
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Can I substitute two percent milk for low fat milk and bourbon in a cake recipe?

I'm making Banana-Nut Pound Cake and the recipe calls for low-fat milk or bourbon. I don't have these two ingredients. Can I substitute 2% milk instead?
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Gari as subtitutes for tapioca

I used to make a lot of cakes using tapioca flour. Now I've moved to another country and rarely stumbled upon the flour in the supermarket. Last time I found gari which also made from cassava. Can I ...
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cake smells bad of egg, is dense and rubbery

This was the first time bake a cake (basic sponge cake) with an electric beater. The final result was that the cake was smelling very bad of eggs, it was was very dense and rubbery. I dont see this ...
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What non-dairy filler to use in white chocolate style coatings?

Recipes for white chocolate style cake (or ice cream/truffle/...) coatings (the snappy kind, not soft frostings) tend to rely on cocoa butter, shortening, sugar... and milk powder as a filler. Soymilk ...
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Will my bizcocho dominicano cake rise?

I'm planning to make the cake batter from scratch on Sunday, refrigerate it (not freezing!) for about 3 days, and bake it up on Wednesday. But I'm cramped for time on that day. I've researched that ...
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My German Apple Cake sank in the middle and I don't know how to fix it

I baked a German Apple Cake with a basic streusel on top, it rose on the edges and fell in the center. I'm wondering if it was because the streusel didn't reach the edges of the cake, or possibly ...
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To Preheat Or Not

I read a recipe that said don't preheat the oven when baking a pound cake. Why wouldn't you preheat the oven? Every recipe I've ever read said preheat the oven. This is really confusing to me.
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When should one ice christmas fruit cakes

It's that time of year again, where Christmas fruit cake have been baked and are being topped up with your favourite dark spirit. My favourite (and most successful) recipe suggested topping up with ...
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Meringue Imitation to practice decoration

Does exist a product in market of imitation of not eatable meringue with the same consistency? This in order to practice decoration and re-use several times the " practice meringue" without the need ...
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Sponge cake - Why mix milk and butter instead of folding?

From what I understand, after whisking the eggs and sugar you fold in the flour to prevent flattening the air bubbles in the mixture you just incorporated. So why then do some recipes say you should ...
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How do I keep chocolate chips from melting in cake batter?

I have attempted to put chocolate chips in cake batter, but they always melt. Bakeries are able to make chocolate chip cakes and the chips are still somewhat solid. Mine come out almost diluted.
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What does this chart mean when it says “lbs per round” or “lbs per sqare/rectangle”?

From http://howtocakeit.com/blogs/cakes/48185153-how-to-make-ice-and-decorate-yo-yo-s-chocolate-cake-like-a-pro: What do the different columns mean?
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How to make cake mix less sweet

I recently made a simple box cake, the one where you just add water and oil to the mix, but once I ate it I thought that it was way too sweet. I looked up how to temper this sweetness, but the best I ...
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Baking things into cupcakes!

I've seen many things on the web of people baking things into cupcakes, whether it be a pre-baked heart cake shape into a cupcake or a hershey kiss and I have some questions! When you put a pre-baked ...
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How to choose a Bundt cake pan?

I think one would just go to the supermarket and buy whatever, but since I don't want my cakes to be ruined, I would like to ask for some advice. I have never bought a Bundt cake pan myself, and don'...
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How to cut a cake that was baked in a pie pan?

I'm trying to make layers with my ice-cream cake but I need it to be even and straight on the top and the sides, since there will be a significant cake dome. However, I do not have a proper cake pan. ...
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How do I get my cheesecake bottom not to crumble?

I made a triple chocolate cheesecake. The bottom is just crushed Oreos (no filling) and melted butter which is baked to make the crust. But once I was done making the cheesecake and tried to serve ...
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Which mode for baking cake in microwave?

I have a microwave over with a grill. Four modes of cooking are possible with this. Microwave(with 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20% power) Grill(heating coil is only at the top) Combination 1(30% time for ...
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Does it make sense for a cake icing recipe to call for vinegar but not baking soda?

See the making of icing in this video. "cream cheese" frosting ingredients: 1/2 C coconut oil (solid but soft at room temperature) 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 ...
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Protein networks in vegan cakes

I have read that one important role of eggs in cakes is to add proteins that denature with heat and then link together giving the cake structure. Given that proteins are so varied and abundant in ...
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How do you make a cake with soft fillings baked inside?

I've seen cakes baked with soft fillings inside like a cream cheese of chocolate buttercream type filling that were obviously baked in there, rather than baking and filling when cold. What are the ...
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Can panettone paper molds be used for other things?

Can the paper forms used to make panettone be used to bake cake batter? Any cake, a basic dough, sponge cake, chiffon, genoise, etc.
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How do I remove a sheet cake from a pan?

I am trying to create a double layer 12 X 17 inch sheet cake. How do I get the cake layers out of the pan and placed one on top of the other in whole pieces without crumbling? I am using parchment ...
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How much dry cake mix, water, oil and eggs to use for two 4in round cakes?

I have a 15.25oz Betty Crocker box mix. On the back it says to use it all with 1 cup of water, 1/2oil and 3 eggs and that makes two 8 in rounds or 24 cupcakes. I don't know how much I need, please ...
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Is it possible to know how much the cake weighs using a specific size of cake pan before baking?

I have someone asking me for a wedding cake. She wants three separate round cakes. The cakes will serve 100-150 people and the point she emphasized was it being easy to slice and share. Would two 11x3 ...
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Help with ice cream cake

I'm making an ice cream cake for my brothers birthday. I was putting the ice cream on the first layer of cake and put it in the freezer. I couldn't finish putting the icecream on because it was ...