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Cakes

Baking Angel Food Cakes

When baking an angel food cake, use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is not baking at a higher temperature than you set it. And remember to place the pan on the lowest rack to allow…

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Baking Cakes at High Altitudes

High altitude (over 3,000 feet) has less air pressure and drier air. These conditions affect baked goods. The lower air pressure allows the gases created by the leavening agent to expand more…

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Basics of Cakes

Cakes add a festive air to any meal and usually make an appearance at special-occasion dinners. Cakes can be rich and moist, dense, buttery or airy and are divided into two basic…

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Cake Capers

Genoise (pronounced zhayn-WAHZ) is a rich, delicate sponge cake that contains lots of eggs and sugar but little or not fat. It was created in Genoa, Italy and adapted by the French.

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Cake Decorating Tips

When baking a cake to decorate, you want a flat top. One reason a cake crowns, or ends up with a rounded top, is that the oven temperature is too high. Use a thermometer to check the…

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Cake Flour Substitute

When a recipe calls for cake flour, you can substitute all-purpose flour, but not on a one-for-one basis. For every cup of cake flour called for in the recipe, use a cup minus 2 tablespoons of…

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Cooling Cakes in Fluted Tube Pans

Unless a recipe states otherwise, cakes baked in fluted tube pans should cool for 10-15 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Removing a cake too soon can cause it to…

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Cutting a Cake into Three Layers

To cut a cake into three layers, first measure the height of the cake with a ruler. Divide the number by three to determine the height of each layer. (It's okay if each layer's height isn't…

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Decorating with Whipped Cream

To use whipping cream to decorate a cake, first chill the cake before frosting it. Then add 2 or 3 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar to each pint of whipping cream while beating—this will help…

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Flour Facts - Cakes

All-purpose flour is the most commonly used flour and creates a good cake. Cake flour gives a more tender and delicate crumb. Self-rising flour contains the leavening agent and salts, so you…

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