Cutting Recipes In Half.

Baking By SallyBratt Updated 7 Feb 2010 , 5:52am by SallyBratt

SallyBratt Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 2:29am
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This might not be the right section for this so feel free to move it.

I'm testing out some new recipes and unfortunately already wasted a bunch of ingredients on 2 crappy ones. Will I get proper results if I cut a recipe in half? I don't like throwing all of that money in the garbage.

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denetteb Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 2:37am
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I have cut recipes in half, doubled, etc. I usually base it on the number of eggs so I don't have to deal with dividing an egg, although I am sure that is possible. If I was to decrease an cake recipe that called for 3 eggs I might try to do it by a third for example. If you divide you might also end up with some weird measurements. Half of 3/4 for example. Good practise for elementary school math!

SallyBratt Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 2:56am
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I knew doubling was ok but wasn't sure about cutting in half.

Isn't it annoying when you get a recipe off the net that has a whole bunch of wonderful reviews and it comes out really crappy?? icon_sad.gif I had to throw out a whole mudcake which used up the rest of my expensive Callebaut chocolate. So upsetting!! thumbsdown.gif

denetteb Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 3:38am
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Boy, I can't imagine anything so inedible I would throw it out though. I have hubby and friends I can get rid of anything to. But I also haven't had a total failure either though. Years ago when I made my wedding cake (just 3 carrot cakes simply decorated with cream cheese frosting on a cake holder that held the 3 cakes on their separate stacking or pillars or anything) and before I knew about flower nails and strips around the pan. I had lots of carrot cake domes I cut off. I put a layer of frosting on the cake cut-offs and layered them in a pan. Brought it to work and called it some funky name like layered carrot torte. Everyone loved it and it was just scrap cake!

AmandaLP Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 3:59am
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When I am searching for a new recipe, I usually either go with a site that rates them (like here or recipezaar), or with a well known blogger, or I read enough recipes that most sound similar.

SallyBratt Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 5:52am
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There's only me and my BF here and he's not a fan of sweets, for the most part. Plus he's all worried he's going to get fat icon_rolleyes.gif so I figured I'd just toss it or I'd end up eating the whole thing by myself. It wasn't horrible, I just didn't want it. I kept the white cake and it actually tastes better now that it's set overnight in saran wrap.

The mudcake was rated a 10 and had a lot of people say it was wonderful. I didn't like it at all. The white cake was so-so...I didn't throw it out but my other recipe is better. Its pretty much the same density and I was looking for a lighter one so there's no point in keeping it.

I'm going to try a coconut cake tonight and see how that goes.

If anyone has a scratch recipe for a light moist white cake I'd love to give it a try. The ones that I've tried that say they're white cakes come out yellow like my vanilla cake.

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