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Help now! Cake w/out baking powder

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jenhen2 Oct 25, 2008 11:51 AM

My friend is coming over for dinner tonight and I was supposed to surprise her with a birthday cake. So I made cook's illustrated's rich and tender yellow cake, which is in the oven now. The problem: i forgot to add the 2 teaspoons of baking powder the recipe called for. Should I start over? What will the cake be like? The batter sure tasted good!

  1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2008 12:54 PM

    the omission won't affect taste, just texture. the baking power is a raising agent, and since that particular recipe doesn't contain any other leaveners [e.g. yeast or self-rising flour] the cake will just be denser & flatter than one with baking powder.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      Quine Oct 25, 2008 01:28 PM

      Agreed, but so...this is what you can do with that great tasty cake you just made. Split the layers into 3 layers each if you can. Then layer with whipped cream, whipped butter cream, some fruits, Mile High perfection of muliple layers just like you always intended!

      1. re: Quine
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        jenhen2 Oct 26, 2008 05:09 PM

        Thanks all. I had already made a pretty dense whipped ganache for frosting, and unfortunately, my poor flat little cake couldn't quite stand up to it. I was able to get 4 layers in total, but when I cut into it, the cake sort of mushed in with the frosting and it became a little bit of a mess. Delicious, yes, but still a mess....

        1. re: jenhen2
          stilton Oct 26, 2008 08:56 PM

          I reckon it's too late by now but for anyone else who's baked a fubar cake, you can turn them into cake pops, like so:
          http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2007/12...

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