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    How To Bake The Perfect Cake... Every Time!

    by: Amelia Carbine

    Copyright 2013, CakeFu LLC. A! rights are reserved by CakeFu, and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any

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  • How To Bake The Perfect Cake... Every Time!Written by Amelia Carbine, CakeFu (www.cakefu.com)

    This tutorial covers everything you need to know in order to bake a perfect cake. We cover the main types of cakes and when to use them.

    With this tutorial you will be equipped with the knowledge you will need to add and change ingredients to a basic recipe allowing you to create endless

    flavors of cake with very little trial and error.

    Heres what youll learn: -What ingredients do

    -Types of cake-Recipe variations

    -Altitude adjustments and troubleshooting

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  • What ingredients do:Butter/oil

    Butter:Creates richness- This is an obvious characteristic of butter. What is more rich than butter? Although too much butter in a cake can actually dry it out.

    Assists in leavening- Butter plays an important role in the leavening of a cake. In order for butter to help in leavening, you need to whip the butter with sugar which creates small air pockets.

    Oil:Creates moisture- Oil in a cake recipe will make the cake very moist since oil never solidifies. The downside to oil is a lack of stability. Butter at room temperature is solid where oil is always liquid. Because of this, a cake made with butter will be more dense and stable than an oil based cake.

    Does not assist in leavening- Beating oil with sugar will not create a light and fluy texture like butter and sugar does. Because of this, oil does not create leavening.

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  • Sugar

    Sugar:Creates sweetness- Of course we all know that sugar is sweet. So clearly, sugar creates the sweet flavor to cakes.

    Assists in leavening- As stated in the butter section, when you whip butter and sugar together, it incorporates air into the batter. But sugar does not always assist in leavening as is the case with an oil based cake batter.

    To properly incorporate sugar and butter, you want the butter to be room temperature. Whip the butter until it is light and fluy and then slowly add the sugar while still beating. Let this whip as long as you want but at least five minutes or until it turns into almost a buttercream frosting consistency.

    Is considered a liquid- Sugar melts as soon as liquid is added to it. For that reason, sugar is categorizes as a liquid ingredient in most recipes instead of a solid. If there is ever a recipe that calls for mixing wet and dry ingredients, the sugar will be on the liquid ingredient side. The exception is if you are using the creaming method. This is very helpful information if you ever inherit a recipe without instructions.

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  • Egg Yolk

    Egg Yolk:Creates richness- As you see, I am separating egg yolks and egg whites into dierent categories. The reason for this is because egg whites and egg yolks do very dierent things. I never add a whole egg into a cake recipe without separating it first.

    The egg yolk contains all of the fat of the egg. Because of this, it creates a richness to the cake, much like butter does.

    Makes a more dense cake- Because of the fat content of an egg yolk, it makes a more dense cake. If you want a lighter cake you will want to remove the egg yolks. A wedding white cake is just a basic butter cake recipe without egg yolks.

    If you chose to remove the egg yolks in a recipe, be sure to add more egg white to help stabilize the recipe.

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  • Dry ingredients:

    Flour:Flour creates stability in a cake. Without flour, a cake will never set. Not enough flour and the cake will fall, and with too much flour, the cake will be hard and chewy.

    There are dierent types of flour that do dierent things. They vary by the amount of gluten that each type of flour produces. Gluten is the part of flour that binds. There are high gluten content flours that will create a tough, dense baked product. This is great for breads.

    But the type of flour that is good for bread is not necessarily good for baking cakes. You dont want a chewy, tough cake. So the two main types of flour used in baking cakes are all purpose and cake flour which have less gluten.

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  • All Purpose Flour- All purpose flour has a higher gluten content which will produce a tougher cake texture. This can be helpful if you need a cake that will be firm for sculpting. Just be careful. There is a line that you dont want to cross with firmness. Nobody likes a tough cake.

    Cake Flour- Cake flour has much less gluten and creates a very light and airy cake. This is great if you are looking for a delicate cake or cupcakes. The downside is that you can create a cake that is too soft for sculpting or the added weight of fondant or gum paste decorations.

    In my cake recipes, I like to use half all purpose flour and half cake flour as it creates the texture and density that I prefer.

    Baking Powder/ Baking Soda:Leavens the cake- Baking soda and baking powder create lift and ensure a lighter cake. Baking powder and baking soda are not interchangeable. They both leaven but they also do dierent things.

    Baking Powder is double acting- Baking powder is considered a double acting leavener. There is a chemical reaction that happens when you add liquid to baking powder which creates pockets of air inside the cake. But then there is a second reaction that happens to baking powder when it comes in contact with heat which creates more lift during the baking process.

    Baking Soda neutralizes acidity- Baking soda is a single acting leavener. It reacts to liquid but not to heat. Use baking soda whenever you have a recipe that has an acidic ingredient like chocolate or an acidic fruit. Acidic ingredients break down the gluten in flour and cause the structure of the cake to give out. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity and prevents the cake from falling.

    Salt: Enhances flavor- Salt is a flavor enhancer. Salt brings out flavors and allows you to taste the cake and cut the sweetness a little bit.

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  • Liquids and Extracts:

    Milk/Fruit purees/Other liquids:Creates moisture and flavor- Milk or other liquids are necessary to create moistness to a cake. Other liquid ingredients like fruit purees add a flavor to the cake. This is where a lot of flavor variations are achieved.

    Vanilla/Almond/other extracts:Adds flavor- Vanilla and other extracts are such a small but major part of a cake. They add flavor and interest to a cake. You want to use an ingredient that has an intense flavor so you dont have to add a lot which can change the consistency of your cake.

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  • Egg Whites:

    Egg Whites:Assists in leavening: Egg whites, when whipped to a medium to sti peak, assist in the leavening of the cake. Some recipes will tell you to add whole eggs after creaming the butter and sugar together. This is something that should be avoided. Egg whites when added without being whipped defeat the whole purpose of the white and will just dry out the cake.

    If you whip the eggs and fold them in at the end, it will create a lighter cake with a much better crumb.

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  • Types of Cake:When I started baking, I would look for recipes that I could use and it was so hard

    because the recipes were a! so dierent. It was hard to figure out which recipes would work structura!y for a tiered or sculpted cake.

    I did a lot of studying on the dierent types of cakes that are out there. So I have put them into dierent categories and wi! teach you which types are best for cake decorating.

    Pound Cake:A true pound cake does not contain chemical leavenings like baking powder or baking soda. It rises purely by the creaming of the butter and sugar and folding in the egg whites. This is a major reason why pound cakes are so dense.

    Traditionally, pound cakes are baked in a loaf or bundt pan. But a pound cake can be baked in any shape of pan that is needed. A pound cake will need to bake at a lower temperature for a longer period of time due to the density of the batter.

    Baking times vary by size of pan and volume of batter but a basic bundt would bake at 325 degrees for 55-65 minutes.

    Basic Pound Cake Ingredients1 lb of each: butter (2c)sugar (2c)flour (3.5-4c)eggs (8-10)

    Pound cakes are really great for sculpting. You can add flavorings to this basic recipe and I would highly recommend adding salt (about a 1/2 teaspoon) to enhance the flavors.

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  • Butter/Layer/1-2-3-4 Cake:A butter cake is a mix between a pound cake and a sponge cake. I like to call it a hybrid. There are several dierent names for this kind of cake. It can be called a butter cake, layer cake, or a 1-2-3-4 cake. Why 1-2-3-4? Because the basic recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, and 4 eggs.

    If you can remember this basi

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