Dense And Deflated Cakes

Decorating By Taralsiler Updated 24 Feb 2009 , 6:11pm by Monkess

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Taralsiler Posted 18 Feb 2009 , 2:07am
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I need help. I am new to baking and I really want to bake great cakes, but all of my cakes from scratch turn out really dense. Several times the cakes have risen nicely while baking and then sink (evenly) to about half when they come out of the oven. I am using the bake even strips. The cakes are fairly flat after they deflate. What am I doing wrong?

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Monkess Posted 18 Feb 2009 , 4:41am
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It would help if you posted your recipie so one can see what you are putting in, most often dense or falling cakes can be due to a #of reasons...too much baking poeder, temperature, liquif etc. Better analysis is possible when we know what went in!

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JanH Posted 18 Feb 2009 , 4:53pm
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Hi and Welcome to CC, Taralsiler. icon_smile.gif

Decoding CC acronyms:

In scratch baking, learning the "basic" techniques will greatly enhance the quality of your finished cakes.

When measuring, 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.

Also 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.

Also, cake and AP flour are not 1:1 substitutions.
If your cake recipe calls for AP flour, use bleached unless the recipe specifies otherwise.

Cake troubleshooting charts:

Great website for learning how to bake:

Everything you ever wanted to know to bake, assemble and decorate your first tiered/stacked/layer cake:

Has all the info needed, including b/c and fondant recipes, as well as doctored cake mix recipes.


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Taralsiler Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:19am
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Hmm, I think I was definitely over-beating the batter. I was under the impression that the more you beat it the lighter it would become. I may have also used too much flour. The recipe had:
1 C + 2 tbsp butter softened
2 1/4 C sugar
6 eggs separated
3 1/4 C all purpose flour ( I can't remember if I used cake flour, though which may have been the problem)
1 C + 2 tbsp milk
3/4 tsp lemon rind
1 3/4 tsp lemon juice.

The recipe had you beat the yolks in the batter and then beat the white separately and then fold in.

I will try your suggestions on the measuring and not over beating and see if it helps. I am just afraid I am going to get fat trying to figure this out b/c I eat the failures and then turn around and make another cake b/c I am determined to get this right.

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Monkess Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 6:11pm
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Was there no baking powder or soda in the recipe? Despite the 6 eggs you still would need the b.powder. When testing scratch recipes, I usually make lots of different 4" cakes, not cc's becuase they rise and behave different. That way I dont need to waste an entire recipe if it goes wrong, and I can change one variable at a time in each cake until I get it right! Good luck!

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