Hello, So im new to baking and I have been trying to do some from scratch recipes except White cake every recipe I have tried tastes like flower so I just have been using the boxes but when I do sculpted cakes it's way to soft. I was watching some cake shows on TLC and I have been noticing that they use alot of pound cake does anyone use pound cake and if so what is a good recipe. And if anyone knows how to make the good white wedding cake? Thanks your help is appreciated!!!!
Hello, So im new to baking and I have been trying to do some from scratch recipes except White cake every recipe I have tried tastes like flower..
Improper mixing or measuring can cause problems with the finished product...
So, when it comes to mixing, MORE (as in more speed or longer mixing time) is not BETTER. Overmixing will develop the gluten and result in a tough cake. Overmixing will also cause a cake to sink.
If using a stand mixer, beat for the recommended amount of time using the LOWEST speed (but don't let the motor strain).
If using an electric hand mixer, beat for the recommended amount of using using the MEDIUM speed (but don't let the motor strain).
(I would say that improper measuring is also a big deal.) How are you mixing/baking the recipe.
One of the basic techniques in scratch baking is measuring flour accurately.
When measuring flour, do you use the "scoop and drag" method and then shake to level.... You should be aerating the flour prior to gently spooning it into the measuring cup and using a straight edge to level.
Additionally, sifting your cake mix will elimimate those pesky "lumps" that just can't be beaten into submission by faster/longer mixing (which also over develops the gluten).
An excellent site for learning how to bake:
Handy cake trouble shooting charts:
Here's a multi-linked thread with (Smack Your Mama) pound cake recipes, tutorial, hints and tips.
(Disregard post title - this is about pound cakes.)
Chocolate Pound Cake Recipes:
CC member recommended scratch cake recipes:
(Not found in CC recipes section.)
And a nice compromise between using a box mix only (for reliability) or a scratch only (for homemade goodness) - is the WASC cake (with variations):