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

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Help on understanding frosting

A couple of disclaimers: I know there are a number of websites already devoted to this; I needed to ask for clarification because the info out there does not help me understand how they taste ...
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How many cups of batter does a cake mix make?

I admit it, I'm lazy, I use cake mix 9/10 times I bake a cake. There seems to be a standard size (because Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, and our local brand all make the same size cake, same number of ...
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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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Icing a cake with meringue: can it be done in advance?

I have an event this Saturday for which I'm preparing a layered cake to take. I was planning to ice it with meringue (Italian, for best stability) and then torching it. The event begins in the morning,...
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Creaming butter seperately on its own, then adding the sugar and beating them together vs simply creaming butter and sugar together (the regular way)?

Would there be any difference in the end result? Usually you beat both the sugar and butter together but what if you instead, were to start by creaming the butter on its own at first, then adding ...
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Can I coat a very soft cake with royal icing before I cover with fondant?

Im preparing a very soft tender cake for covering with fondant. I need it to be really smooth but I also don't want the icing to be too heavy on the cake. I'm not familiar with ganache can I use a ...
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Cake without baking powder made 2 layers in a cake. Why?

Yesterday I baked a chocolate cake. Fifteen minutes after it went in the oven I realised I'd left out the baking powder, so I quickly made another one, this one with baking powder. This cake recipe ...
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Is it possible to cream clarified butter with sugar? Will it have the same benefits as shortening and oil?

Is it really possible to cream clarified butter? And considering that clarified butter is 100% fat, am I correct in assuming you'd get the taste of butter and also the leavening benefits of shortening ...
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How to keep thin sponge bases moist?

I enjoy making multi layered sponge cakes (specifically chiffon sponge), but I find that when cooking a much thinner base than for a normal sponge (around 1cm height), I am faced with a decision of ...
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Collapsing, dense pound cake

I’ve been trying a UK recipe that worked for me last year (I live in Canada). It’s a simple: 220g butter 220g caster sugar 4 eggs (220g weight in shells) 220g self raising flour lemon zest 3-4 tbsp ...
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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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Cupcake Papers Peeling away

I've been making cupcakes for a long time with the same recipe and same brand of paper liners but recently my cupcake papers are pulling away from the baked cake shortly after they cool at room ...
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Is there a difference in the end result between using mechanical leaveners vs chemical leaveners in a cake?

Are they interchangeable? E.g. could you replace whipped egg whites in an angel food cake with enough baking powder/soda and end up with similar results? Or in a butter cake, replace the creamed ...
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How can I soak cake in cheese?

I can make cheesecake and I can make cake, but it occurred to me recently that cheesecake isn't cake soaked in cheese, Ala tres leches. So, is it possible to get cheese liquefied enough to be able to ...
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How to get the effect of gluten in gluten free baking

I've been baking gluten-free cakes and in order to get something akin to a regular cake - light instead of heavy - I've been essentially making a sponge cake by making a light meringue and folding the ...
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When to add marzipan?

I want to bake a cake with the following ingredients: 200 g butter 200 g sugar 200 g grated marzipan 4 eggs 50 g flour This is a classic recipe were you cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at the ...
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How to enhance sweetness of a baked chocolate brownie?

I am not sure if it is even possible or not. I baked a almond and walnut chocolate brownie. While I was preparing the mixture I added extra cocoa powder, I though it will give the brownie a perfect ...
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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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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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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-...