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post #1 of 42
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Hello, everybody!! I just got this book from amazon.com and it has some great recipes, but I don't know were to begin? Please need advice icon_confused.gif

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post #2 of 42
I HAVE THIS BOOK ALSO--WHAT'S UP?? icon_confused.gif
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post #3 of 42
Try the white butter cake!!

Cindy
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post #4 of 42
Thread Starter 
Ok, another question. When it calls for Cake Flour is it "All Purpose Flour? or regular flour such as "Presto".

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post #5 of 42
you can use all purpose flour if you use presto
don't add the baking power or baking soda and no salt.
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post #6 of 42
In the supermarket here, you can buy Cake Flour. It is slightly different than all purpose flour. It is sold in a box here with the other flour. Two brands that I am familiar with are Wondra and SoftasSilk.
Do you have Walmart there? They should carry it.

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post #7 of 42
In the supermarket here, you can buy Cake Flour. It is slightly different than all purpose flour. It is sold in a box here with the other flour. Two brands that I am familiar with are Wondra and SoftasSilk.
Do you have Walmart there? They should carry it.

Cindy
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post #8 of 42
presto already has baking powder in it--i use swan downs name brand, cake flour is different from all-purpose flour (it's finer) and cake flour doesn't have any leavening agents or (presto does it's self rising cake flour--it's possible to use it just omit the baking powder & salt from the recipe-if you can't find the name brand i use or what cindy listed-----if you do try this i would do a practice cake before making one to sell)


cindy what do you think????????????

edited to say presto has baking powder & salt already in it--from what i read on their web site--read the box to make sure
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post #9 of 42
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Thank You everybody!! I will go to Walmart and check if they have those brands.

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post #10 of 42
Presto sounds like self rising flour, so yes you would leave out the leavening agents, like soda and baking powder. If you can get the cake flour, that would really be better because it is a lighter flour and using the others will most likely affect the outcome of your cake.

Cindy
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post #11 of 42
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Thank You Cindy!! thumbs_up.gif I will look for the box that says Cake Flour, I had this question because my scratch cakes call for Presto. But I will go to Walmart today so I can start baking with my new book, I'm very exited! icon_biggrin.gif

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post #12 of 42
Exactly, it does produce a lighter cake which is what you want for white cakes. Also, you can easily make your own, which is what I do. It is cheaper than the small box you get at the grocery store. Here you go, just remember to get "bleached" all-purpose flour;

Cake flour has a 6-8% protein content and is made from soft wheat flour. It is chlorinated to further break down the strength of the gluten and is smooth and velvety in texture. Good for making cakes (especially white cakes and biscuits) and cookies where a tender and delicate texture is desired.
Substitute for all-purpose flour:
one cup all-purpose flour can be substitued for...
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour

Make your own cake flour:
one cup sifted cake flour can be substituted for...
3/4 cup (84 grams) sifted bleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch.
post #13 of 42
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Thank You for the information Rodneyck, you are a life saver thumbs_up.gif

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post #14 of 42
What a great tip! I've been spending $3.50 per little box of Softasilk -- Rodneyck, your tip will save me tons of $$$!

Oh, and Diana, I ADORE the Whimsical Bakehouse book. The White Butter Cake is my favorite, especially when paired with the House Buttercream. Oh, and the Cookies & Cream filling was a big hit with my friends. I've baked my way through most of that book, so please feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.

Lauren
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post #15 of 42
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Thank You Lauren, I will PM if I have any question.

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