What The Heck Is This Nastiness?????

Decorating By mom42ws Updated 4 Sep 2008 , 6:45pm by angelicconfections

mom42ws Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 5:58pm
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the last couple times i have tried to make a cake with my choc. cake recipe, which i always use to make cupcakes, this has happened. is it because i'm using 100% dark cocoa? it never does this when i use this recipe for cupcakes. it looks disgusting....i call it brains............

i end up having scoop off the top this crusty, brainy, yucky stuff.

ashley
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27 replies
Karema Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 8:33pm
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what is that? icon_eek.gif Is that pictures of it cooked already or is it stilll raw? I cant tell. It looks like some sugar crystilized I dont know.

Karema Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 8:33pm
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what is that? icon_eek.gif Is that pictures of it cooked already or is it stilll raw? I cant tell. It looks like some sugar crystilized I dont know.

Tashablueyes Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 9:28pm
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That was my thought too! It looks completely raw in the picture, can you describe the texture a little better? Sorry, it's just so hard to tell what's going on.

KKC Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 11:35pm
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Goodness...that made my flesh crawl. My choc cakes look like that sometimes after its baked but not that large. I would like to know what causes that also.

mom42ws Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:18am
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this is shortly after it's put into the oven. it's like it begins cooking really quickly and it shrivels into the middle of the pan and is completely hard. i scooped it out of the pan and chucked it. one day i had to re-bake the cake 3 times! i have also noticed that when this has happened that the cake also sticks to the pan and won't come out. what the heck?! i am wondering if it's because i'm using a 100% dark cocoa???-hershey's. when i've used valhrona i haven't had any problems and when i make cupcakes with this same recipe it's fine. it's only when i bake a cake recently. i wonder if the hershey's brand burns sugar or something whereas the valhrona doesn't?

playingwithsugar Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:35am
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Are you baking in an electric oven?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

mom42ws Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:42am
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yes. but i've made lots of cakes, even with this very recipe. it's just the last couple of times this is what's happened.

kakeladi Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:49am
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Looks to melike there is to much liquid in the mix.
&/or one of your oven elements isnot working so the temp is off.

wrightway777 Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:51am
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Post your recipe - maybe something in it is glaringly only meant for cupcakes. Something is not staying "suspended"

mom42ws Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 2:51am
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hmm, i just don't know. i've baked 4-5 doz. cupcakes today and haven't had any problems. i used the same recipe for cupcakes. i wonder if the recipe just doesn't work for cake? i thought i'd used it for cake before but maybe not.

ashley

bethola Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:00am
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I use Hershey's Dark Cocoa all the time....I've never seen anything quite like this...uhhhh....it IS a little scary, isn't it?

Beth

mom42ws Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:09am
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oh, here is the recipe....

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

wrightway777 Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:15am
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without seeing your recipe....your oven temperature may have been too hot, causing the outside of the cake to bake and form a crust too quickly. As the mixture in the center of the cake continued to cook and rise, it burst up through the top of the cake.
(pulled this from the net at some point in the past)

Also I looked at the pic are you using the center rack in the oven

ChefJon Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:21am
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It's possible that your putting too much air into the mix and it's just rising to the top...

Price Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:23am
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when I use the Hershey recipe, my cake does the same thing, only not over quite as large of an area. I also have an electric oven. I do not have a problem with other cakes doing this. I also have a problem sometimes with it falling in the center.

shadowgypsie Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 3:29am
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Is your cake texture moist or dry and sponge like (Description below)?

I have a yellow cake recipe that does what yours did, it is also dry and sponge like. (The type you buy in the store and rehydrate with water before using to clean with) My recipe is from an old Crisco cook book my mom has.

mom42ws Posted 30 Aug 2008 , 11:09am
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well when i use this recipe for cupcakes it's light and fluffy and moist but when i use it for cake, lately it's been spongy and slightly dry. maybe i just need to get a different recipe for cakes. can anyone recommend a kick-a## chocolate cake?

ashley

SeattleCakes Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 2:59am
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I use a very similar recipe for chocolate cake and use to have the falling in the center, brainy mess as well. I tweaked it a bit, and haven't ha any problems since. I cut the water down to one cup. Use a wisk on your mixer. I whip my eggs until they have tripled in volume(5 min), then slowly add the sugar and whip until its very light and fluffy (similar to a butter cake). Then add the dry (minus the sugar of course) atlernating with the wet until combined. I bump my temp to 315* as apposed to 300* and they come out great. The braining will happen a bit if you bake in 3" pans, but you should get a lovely smooth surface in a 2". If this isnt how your recipe works, sorry for the long ramble... if it is I hope it helps!

FromScratch Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 3:18am
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http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/DOUBLE-CHOCOLATE-LAYER-CAKE-101275

This is a wonderful chocolate cake recipe.. it works equally well for cakes and cupcakes. It's very moist and has a wonderful deep chocolate flavor.

CarolAnn Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 3:39am
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Collette Peter's chocolate bourbon coconut cake is absolutely delish! Another reeeeallly good one is the darn good chocolate cake recipe on this site. My oldest granddaughter asks for the darn good choc cake all the time.

I've never seen a cake shrink away from the side of the pan quite that much, ever. Almost seems like the liquids just cooked right out of the batter. Wow! I've had shrinkage, but nothing like this.

itsacake Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 3:45am
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There is a difference in how cocoa that is alkalized ("Dutched") and cocoa that is un-alkalized reacts with baking soda. Hershey's Special Dark cocoa is a blend of natural and of alkalized cocoa. I noticed the recipe says it "prefers" alkalized cocoa Could it be that because there is a difference in the amount of acidity available in your batter to react with the baking soda, you are getting too much air from the reaction and that this is causing the weird bubbles and strange texture?

edited to try to make this make sense but I'm still not sure it does icon_lol.gif

mom42ws Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 11:06am
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itsacake, i don't know that much about how ingredients work together, chemically to be able to answer your questions. i did just start pastry school at my local community college and i think i will ask my instructor and see what she thinks.

ashley

woodthi32 Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 11:32am
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Was it done in the center?

ZAKIA6 Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 11:44am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jkalman

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/DOUBLE-CHOCOLATE-LAYER-CAKE-101275

This is a wonderful chocolate cake recipe.. it works equally well for cakes and cupcakes. It's very moist and has a wonderful deep chocolate flavor.




i love this cake but i find its too fragile sometimes. any idea on how to sturdy it up some? i was thinking an extra egg?

FromScratch Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 2:08pm
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I've never found it to be fragile.. I have carved it before.. but I chill it before I work with it.

SugaredUp Posted 31 Aug 2008 , 11:36pm
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I think itsacake is onto something. I was going to ask you if you're mixing up your measurements for the baking soda and baking powder. You probably are NOT doing that, and itsacake is right in her/his theory.

angelicconfections Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 6:45pm
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it looks like the middle of the cake was a bit raw on top, i especially have the happen with extra moist cake mixes, I use a large flower nail for a heating core and don't have that problem anymore. i just spray the flower nail with baking spray w/flour so that it doesn't stick and it leave a very small hole in the cake as opposed to heating cores. birthday.gif

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