What Role Do Ingredients Play?

Baking By monnitas0808 Updated 26 Aug 2006 , 5:19am by TexasSugar

monnitas0808 Posted 24 Aug 2006 , 1:26am
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I have a question, what role does each ingredient play in a cake? For example what does the milk do, egg, butter, flour, baking powder or baking soda all I know vanilla is to flavor it...lol! If anyone knows can you guys let me know, thanxs.

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JoAnnB Posted 24 Aug 2006 , 3:55am
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The best book for this information is the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. She carefully describes the purpose of each ingredient, and the different results using alternat ingredients.

You might be able to find it at your local library.

newlywedws Posted 24 Aug 2006 , 6:16am
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Not having read the cake bible, these are my answers

Flour plays the most important role, and it's actually an ingredient in flour - the gluten- that makes it such a "key" player. Flour will give your cake volume, structure and stability.

Eggs - help transform the cake batter from a liquid-like stage into a cake. Eggs help the cake hold it's "shape"

Liquids - such as milk can play many rolesconsistency, balance, flavor, moisture and also help with leavening.

Baking soda/baking powder are leavening agents which help the cake to rise - when they release the CO2, it creates bubbles which help the cake to rise.

Butter -IMO just makes it better, it imparts depth and flavour that margarine can't achieve.

monnitas0808 Posted 25 Aug 2006 , 5:12pm
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So if you add more baking powder or baking soda it makes the cake fluffy or what makes it more soft and fluffy? Thanks for the advice on the book I'm going to check it out.


MaisieBake Posted 25 Aug 2006 , 8:11pm
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So if you add more baking powder or baking soda it makes the cake fluffy


TexasSugar Posted 26 Aug 2006 , 5:19am
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Baking911.com is a good site that talks about what the different things do in recipes.

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