Help! Cakes Falling?

Decorating By cakeshoplady2 Updated 5 Dec 2009 , 12:45pm by Harleyfan

cakeshoplady2 Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 2:41am
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I have been trying new cake recipes, and so far most of them have fallen. I have made sure to keep them out of any draft, no doors have slammed or kids jumping. All my ingredients are fresh, and I have followed the recipie exactly. What is going on? icon_cry.gif

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CarrieBear Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 3:05am
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you may need to give more info like th recipe that you are using what the oven temp is ect... too many variables

I know I have had a few sink if I open the oven too soon ... then they never come back after that...

LaBellaFlor Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 4:26am
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Are you under baking? Is your oven temp. accurate?

JanH Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 5:59am
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Hi and Welcome to CC, cakeshoplady2. icon_smile.gif

Most cake recipes will generally work.... So if all your recent attempts at scratch baking have resulted in cakes that fall (or don't rise) it's probably something you're doing.

Usually, cake failures are the result of mixing errors (overmixing is most common).

Handy cake troubleshooting charts:

http://tinyurl.com/2p5bdu

http://tinyurl.com/32goqe

http://tinyurl.com/6c745g

http://tinyurl.com/6lpjww

Also, when it comes to baking, one of the most important techniques is to measure your flour correctly.. (Too much flour results in a cake that is heavy.)

You should be should be aerating the flour prior to gently spooning it into the measuring cup and using a straight edge to level. Never dip your measuring cup directly into the flour and drag up the amount you need, shaking to level...

A great site for learning all about scratch baking:

www.joyofbaking.com

Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered/stacked/layer cakes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605188-.html

When I make any of the WASC cake recipes, I sift all the dry ingredients together into a large bowl, and mix all the wet ingredients in a second larger bowl.

Then I add the dry to the wet and beat for 2 mins. using an electric hand mixer at medium speed.

If using a stand mixer, I would mix at the lowest speed for 2 mins. or less.

HTH

aundrea Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 7:03am
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welcome to CC! here you will find great ideas and tips.
the links above are a great resource of information.
it does sound like the may be a bit under cooked? hard to say.

Ellistwins Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 7:30am
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As JanH stated the flour mixing is so improtant. I also have a few fallen cakes and then i realised that I don't stuff the measuring cups properly. Ever since I've filled it and kind of pushing the air out (not too much though) I havn't had a fallen cake.

Mike1394 Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 12:30pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cakeshoplady2

I have been trying new cake recipes, and so far most of them have fallen. I have made sure to keep them out of any draft, no doors have slammed or kids jumping. All my ingredients are fresh, and I have followed the recipie exactly. What is going on? icon_cry.gif




The reason a cake falls is that it has risen to fast, and the interior structure hasn't had time to set yet. All that stuff you mentioned will not effect the outcome of a cake. The things that will do it though are, oven set to high, opening oven door to many times, oven not calibrated.

Mike

Harleyfan Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 12:45pm
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JanH, thank you sooooo much for posting so much valuable information. I spend most of my time on this site reading and researching, but wanted to thank you for all the links. I'm very thankful for such great resources!!

Always Learning,
~Harleyfan

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