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post #1 of 7
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I baked my first large cake and first disaster today! followed this recipe below,

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/2009/12/17/baking-the-perfect-madeira-cake/
Added some lemon zest and juice of 4 lemons and added some more flour. Then put the cake in the oven at the correct temperature. After 1 hour, the cake has burnt from the top and sides and was still as runny as wet cake mixture in the middle, after 3 hours, still not cooked! what do you think went wrong?
post #2 of 7
I know nothing about that recipe but.....from what you state it sounds like your oven is off. If it is electric you might have one element malfunctioning icon_sad.gif
Maybe others who know that recipe will have other ideas, but I suggest you check the oven.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by sweetpoison

I baked my first large cake and first disaster today! followed this recipe below,

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/2009/12/17/baking-the-perfect-madeira-cake/
Added some lemon zest and juice of 4 lemons and added some more flour. Then put the cake in the oven at the correct temperature. After 1 hour, the cake has burnt from the top and sides and was still as runny as wet cake mixture in the middle, after 3 hours, still not cooked! what do you think went wrong?



Sorry love, what went wrong is you didn't follow a recipe - you threw a bunch of stuff in a bowl and expected to a cake to magically appear! Scratch baking isn't anything like this at all - you can't just add stuff willy nilly. I can't tell how long ago you posted this but I can bet you have already tossed your experiment in the trash.

If you want to make a lemon cake, find and use a tested recipe for a lemon cake. If you want to customize recipes then you need to learn the science of baking or at least the basics of why a recipe is a recipe icon_biggrin.gif

Better luck next time!
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by sweetpoison

I baked my first large cake and first disaster today! followed this recipe below,

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/2009/12/17/baking-the-perfect-madeira-cake/
Added some lemon zest and juice of 4 lemons and added some more flour. Then put the cake in the oven at the correct temperature. After 1 hour, the cake has burnt from the top and sides and was still as runny as wet cake mixture in the middle, after 3 hours, still not cooked! what do you think went wrong?



Adding zest just changes the flavour. That can be nice. icon_smile.gif But adding as much as the juice of 4 lemons changes the recipe as dramatic as killing it. icon_wink.gif Sorry.. Adding flour is only adequate when adding all the other ingredients in the same ratio or it also changes the structure.

I started baking with just a bit of recipe-knowlegde and made so many mistakes.. icon_sad.gif You will get better with more practice or more backround reading, whatever suits you. Or posting on CC.. Sorry that it happened on your first big cake.
post #5 of 7
dear i am sorry for your bad experience but this recipe don't include any liquid
what i usually do i use a recipe that calls for milk and replace it with another liquid: orange jus, lemon jus, strawberry jus
i think this way i have more chane to succeed
or you can search for a lemon cake reipe
good luck nevt time thumbs_up.gif
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post #6 of 7
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Thanks guys :p better luck next time! will be following the exact recipe next time!
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You also have to watch what swapping out one liquid for another (eg milk for lemon juice) can do to the cake's pH level.

Honestly, scratch baking is a science! If you enjoy experimenting, and learning the theory behind the science, then it's definitely something to pursue icon_smile.gif

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