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Cake tasted horrible! Why could this be!

post #1 of 30
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Today I attempted my first ever cake, I have previously made some lovely cupcakes, so I thought I would branch out a little and try a 2 tier Victoria sponge cake for my birthday tomorrow! I used this recipe, 4oz Caster Sugar, 4oz Butter, 4oz Self raising flour, 3 eggs, splash of mill and 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda.. I put the butter & the sugar in my mixer, until light and fluffy, then I added flour and eggs a little at a time.. when it came out of the oven it was a horrible dark brown colour - it wasn't burnt however, it tasted really disgusting, all had to go in the bin, yet I don't have a clue what caused the foul taste icon_sad.gif can anyone advise me how to get that light fluffy sponge? Thank you in advance!! icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 30
Hi, maybe it was the baking soda? I've never made a victoria sponge with that in the recipe, I have one that is really nice and easy will have a look around for it and get back to you.
post #3 of 30

Baking soda makes cake light BUT it also gives a bitter taste. Thats why it's usually used in cakes with strong flavors e.g chocolate. Use baking powder next try.

What's 'splash of mill'? Did you mean 'milk'?

post #4 of 30
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Thank you - I used it to make it rise a little more - I didn't want it to be flat but I don't have a clue how to make a great tasting cake, it seems cupcakes I do are perfect but cakes, this was like, hideous, I nearly puked after tasting it, I'm just so glad that I didn't ice it or else that would of been a real waste:( boo hoo, sad baker!!
post #5 of 30
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Yeah Mill, my tablets a pain for typing.. it hardly even rose though, I need it to be light and soft, mine was crusty round the edges!
It was a complete mess:(
post #6 of 30
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Milk* jeez! Hate this peice of tech!
post #7 of 30
Unfortunately I can't find my recipe so I googled one for you.It has a 5 star rating and has great review's :

200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 medium eggs, beaten
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk


*Mod edited to remove mixing instructions which is a possible copyright violation.

Fill with your favourite fillings!! And don't despair- you learn with every mistake and you just got to keep trying until you find the recipe which suits you best. Hope that helps and let us know how you get on : ))
post #8 of 30

I think it was the self rising flour - I have a bag I bought for a recipe, and I thought it resulted in a terrible tasting cake.

 

I would suggest finding a recipe using cake flour, and adding your leavening separately.

 

Liz
 

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post #9 of 30
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Thank you very much! I'll definitely try that - its hard because I felt like giving up!
People who bake fancy cakes always seem to have huge cakes underneath the fondant, I don't have a clue how to achieve that, I'm presuming its a few cakes piled on top of eachother to make huge cake tiers! ... there's so much to learn...
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by SugarShannon View Post

Thank you very much! I'll definitely try that - its hard because I felt like giving up!
People who bake fancy cakes always seem to have huge cakes underneath the fondant, I don't have a clue how to achieve that, I'm presuming its a few cakes piled on top of eachother to make huge cake tiers! ... there's so much to learn...

Don't give up Hun! When it comes to baking and cake decorating, there are several times when one wants to just give up. Never give up your passion or dream..never. It took me about 7 years to come to all the knowledge that I know now and I still hit a few road bumps here and there..(a nice dose of frosting takes away the moments sorrows though..lol) if you have any questions I'd be glad to help if I know the answer(u can personal message me if you like) Yes your right! Those cakes that aretall like that are stacked and filled:)
post #11 of 30

Do you bake your cakes in a 2'' pan? This won't make any difference on the taste, but it will help with the crusty sides. 

Sandra Major

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post #12 of 30
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To be completely honest I don't have a clue what inch in I used, thats how much of a newbie I am! I just bought 2 round cake time, a bigger one and a smaller one, I attempted it on a whim for my birthday tomorrow, it didn't work out so I'll just do more research:-) I also got a new mixer, I'm having mixed opinions on it though, I think it'd be great for frosting but, I don't think its that good for the cake mix, it felt sticky.. like it didn't have any air in, I like the old fashioned hand held whisks, the electric ones, I'll give the mixer a few more chances but, I'm not totally convinced!!
post #13 of 30
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Don't give up Hun! When it comes to baking and cake decorating, there are several times when one wants to just give up. Never give up your passion or dream..never. It took me about 7 years to come to all the knowledge that I know now and I still hit a few road bumps here and there..(a nice dose of frosting takes away the moments sorrows though..lol) if you have any questions I'd be glad to help if I know the answer(u can personal message me if you like) Yes your right! Those cakes that aretall like that are stacked and filled:)
Thank you ! :3 I'm loving exploring new ways to decorate, I love cupcakes though, really do love them! I've been buying all of my things off EBay - the one thing I need now is Cupcake boxes, the white ones with the cut out holes to sit the cupcakes in, they're pretty expensive though - my fave part is all the decorating. It amazes how much you can make with icing! I've got some tylo powder but, I'm unsure how to use that properly.. I love decorating though, might stick to cupcakes at the moment - cakes have brought me right out my comfort zone!!
post #14 of 30
Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow!!!
post #15 of 30
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Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow!!!
THANKYOU! ohh I'm coming out my teens - 20 tomorrow, into the world of adult hood haha!! icon_sad.gif
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