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post #1 of 10
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So I dug up some old threads here that were quite old, but I noticed that there was quite a line drawn between bakers choice and customer preference. 

 

So far everyone has loved my cakes, but nearly all have mentioned that they are "dense." Moist, delicious... but "dense." I use the WASC and bake it low and slow to ensure even and thorough baking. I don't believe that any of them have come out "overdone." 

 

What are your feelings towards "dense?" Is this something I should work towards fixing, making a fluffier cake? Or is this what cake SHOULD be like?

 

I am really interested to see what everyone thinks!!  

 

:)

post #2 of 10

Whether it should be dense or not depends on the type of cake. If everyone is saying that they love your cake, I would leave it alone. However, if it is more of a complaint than an observation and you hear it repeatedly, I might try making it a bit fluffier. Do you sift your flour when adding it in? This is something that has helped me get a lighter cake without changing my recipe. 

post #3 of 10

The only cake I want to be dense is pound cake. I prefer layer cakes to be fluffy. This is just my opinion. If your customers are happy, I would say your recipe is working just fine. icon_smile.gif

post #4 of 10
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Great suggestion, thank you!

 

I was curious too.. can over mixing cause it be more dense as well? I know sometimes when mixing I get distracted (I have 3 boys, lol) and It probably goes a bit longer than it should.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Krypto View Post

The only cake I want to be dense is pound cake. I prefer layer cakes to be fluffy. This is just my opinion. If your customers are happy, I would say your recipe is working just fine. icon_smile.gif

 

 

 

 

Thank you!   So far, no one has "complained" about it, but it has been brought up by 2 customers, and my husband too.  I don't think they were unhappy with it, but I could see that a fluffier cake would probably go over better. I think I prefer fluffier as well...

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by girlisrad View Post

Great suggestion, thank you!

 

I was curious too.. can over mixing cause it be more dense as well? I know sometimes when mixing I get distracted (I have 3 boys, lol) and It probably goes a bit longer than it should.

Yes it can. I only mix it until the ingredients are well incorporated

post #7 of 10

Try this popular recipe from Jennifer Bratko. It is very moist and fluffy. This is my favorite white cake recipe ever and I have tried many recipes!

 

http://fromscratchsf.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/white-cake-part-3-with-recipe/

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Krypto View Post

Try this popular recipe from Jennifer Bratko. It is very moist and fluffy. This is my favorite white cake recipe ever and I have tried many recipes!

 

http://fromscratchsf.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/white-cake-part-3-with-recipe/

That looks REALLY good. I like how she teaches you as you go along too.. sometimes I get too cocky I think! It is nice to read about the WHY (the science) behind it! 

 

Thanks so much!

post #9 of 10

Just follow the recipe exactly and you will have a perfect cake. I hope you enjoy it!

post #10 of 10

I agree with Krypto regarding FromScratch's cake!  I have tried a lot of white cakes and this is my favorite.  It is light and "fluffy"; works great as a cake and cupcakes; and just tastes wonderful!

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