Questions tagged [cake]

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

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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 ...
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How can I move from subscription boxes to recipes successfully?

As a beginner baker, I find services where they deliver a box of pre-portioned ingredients with instructions how to bake a cake very useful (and fun!). However, I find that I get kind of lost when I ...
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Sponge cake with only three ingredients - will this work at all?

I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it. How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be ...
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What quantity of baking powder satisfies a mass of size x?

I have always had a question when it comes to "how many grams of baking powder to use for that amount of cake I made." I would like to understand if there is any kind of proportion and if there is ...
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Cake Pops: Ratio of cake crumbs to frosting?

I'd love to ask either of the following two questions: What's a good ratio of frosting to cake crumbs, when making cake pops? Does anyone know of a good website that lists baking ratios, including ...
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Right way to make cake batter that asks for butter and oil

One method says to cream butter, oil, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. ...
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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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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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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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how much oil is required when baking a cake [closed]

I want to find out how much oil is required in a plain cake if i am using 1kg flour. I have started a small liquid egg business in pakistan and i am now trying to sell that to bakeries here. The ...
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Can I fix a box cake recipe where I added oil instead of water?

I screwed up and put 1 1/4 cup veg oil instead of water in my box cake recipe. Is there any way to fix this? Can I add flour or something? Or is it doomed for the trash can?
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Beat sugar and oil until smooth

I am following a carrot cake recipe for the first time and the first set of instructions are 'to beat the sugar and oil until smooth,' but how smooth is it suppose to be? Is it still going to be ...
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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 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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Baked 2 cakes simultaneously. One sank in the middle on cooling

I have a gas oven. I have raised a question regarding it before, Baking in gas oven does not brown the top. This time when I baked I placed a aluminum foil in bottom rack and baked 2 same size cake on ...
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How to avoid flour lumps in the sponge cake?

I have a sponge cake recipe which has been in our family for a long time: 6 eggs 1.5 cups icing sugar 2.5 cups flour 1 cup milk 1 cup oil 1 tsp baking powder cardamom and saffron ...
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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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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 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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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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Can I use Granulated sugar instead of White sugar?

I'm making a dark chocolate cake, it calls for white sugar but I have an unopened bag of granulated suagr at home. Can I use that instead to save some money or will I have to buy white sugar?
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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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How to store crumble cake

I've just made a rather delicious raspberry "crumble cake". It consists of a thin layer of cake with whole raspberries, topped with crumble and baked. I get the impression crumble is more of a British ...
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Pound cake sticks to pan - need alternate solution

My pound cakes stick to the pan regardless of the efforts I take. I have used baking spray, olive oil, butter, butter & flour, and tin foil strips. I have cooled completely, placed in the freezer ...
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Sugar Free Chocolate Cake Too Dense

Yes, I know it's almost impossible to get a good sugar-free chocolate cake, but I won't give up trying,as my husband is a diabetic, and I want to make something nice for his birthday. This recipe is ...
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I have been cooking yogurt cakes in the US for a while and each time it has to cook for an extra 20 min. Why?

I like the Gâteau au Yaourt (Yogurt Cake) as describe here (in French): http://www.750g.com/gateau-au-yaourt-r45540.htm I uses Yogurt (x1), Flour (x3, see below), Eggs (x3), Oil (x1/2 to x1), Sugar (...
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Vanilla extract cups vs spoon

My daughter got confused and added 2 cups of vanilla instead of 2 spoons in a cake recipe. We were done mixing the ingredients, but we want to salvage the cake. What can we do?
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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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Problems with rising sponge in larger tin

For years I've made classic 6/6/6 and 8/8/8 Victoria sponges (and many variants) in two 7inch tins, with good results. Now I've tried to bake the same recipe in one 8 inch spring form tin, and had to ...
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Rice paper cake toppers

How long will they stay looking good after placing on the cake, I'm using one on an iced rich fruit cake & trying to finish it a couple of weeks before the party
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What is the impact of opening the oven door?

I enjoy baking and really love the smell. When the cake is about halfway done, I like to open the door to let the scent waft out. Does opening the door for a second have any impact on the cake itself?...
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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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Why do my cakes turn mouldy?

My cakes get really mouldy/sticky within days if I don't refrigerate them during rainy season or when it's too hot. My cakes pass the skewer test before coming out of oven. This has happened for most ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Breadcrumbs or flour when greasing and dusting a cake form?

I unthinkingly followed a recipe for a type of chocolate cake where it said to dust the cake form with breadcrumbs after greasing. Unsurprisingly the toasted breadcrumbs were clearly visible on the ...
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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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How to properly clean a bundt mold without ruining the surface

I usually do the suggestions in my previous question for seasoning the Teflon coated (non stick) bundt pan (buttering and flouring) and I have no problem with that. The problem is with leftover ...
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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 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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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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Lowering oven temps

Can you start a cake at 350 F (180 C), then lower the oven to 325 F (160 C)? What happens to cake? Recipe calls for 350 but the recipe is old. Other recipes I have checked online say to bake at a ...
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How do I get the flaky top on ooey gooey butter bars?

I'm making Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (also known as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake) for holiday goodie baskets. I'm having trouble getting the top to be flaky like it is on the bars sold at the ...
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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 ...