For some reason my sponge cakes now seem to have a dense rubbery texture. I have never had a problem before, they have always been light and fluffy, but every cake I bake now comes out awful. Ive tried changing my flour, I tried a different recipe, ive replaced my scales and ive also tried a heating rod in the middle. Ive also made sure im creaming the butter and sugar together enough. Please help, I really don't know what im doing wrong now? Ive been baking years but I really feel like giving up my cake decorating business now because I just cant seem to understand what im doing wrong. thanks
I'm in the same boat as you ! You are not alone, are you using a mixer ?
I have found answers on another thread that may lead to overbeating the batter ?
What cake are trying to do ?
ive recently had the same issue but my cakes didnt rise try checking your ovem temp thats what caused mine and also when i was shaking the pan as my batter is watery it all clumped in the middle causing it to rise only in the middle.
hope this helps abit
AIf the only constant is your oven then as advised above check that first. try mixing at different speeds might see a difference.
Thanks everyone for your replies, you've helped loads, so thanks again. It seems it was my oven!!!! I had a new oven just before this started happening, I have since used an oven temperature and it turns out my oven is running 20 degrees lower than what its set at. I cant believe I didn't think of it before!
Ive also made sure ive been creaming the butter / sugar together a bit more, as I think maybe I was rushing a bit! Its mad how something simple can cause so much stress eh! Thanks again.
Jo - I hope you get yours sorted too, its so frustrating isn't it? Yes I use a mixer and I do worry I over mix sometimes with it. Once I add the flour, I keep it on the lowest speed and mix it just until the flours mixed in. Ive just been making the normal Victoria sponge and madeira cake recipes.