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Tag: common cake baking problems

How to Check the Cause of Cake Failure

Published January 09, 2008        by Nicole

Cake falls: Flour may be stale, or incorrectly measured. Cake did not bake long enough, or oven was opened before center was firmly set. Oven temperature out of regulation. Cake is flat and insufficiently risen: Pan used was too large for amount of batter. Not enough leavening or leavening was stale. Wrong oven temperature. Cake has a coarse-grained texture: All-purpose flour used; use cake flour. Check carefully the measurements of all ingredients; possible error in proportions of ingredients used. Excess leavening or too many egg yolks. Oven temperature too low. Ingredients not mixed together smoothly enough. Sugar is not fine enough. Cake is too soft and falls apart: Excessive sugar, leavening, shortening; check measurements. Not enough eggs Read more