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Old 12-15-2011, 05:40 AM   #1
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Making multiple batches

I often make 2 or more batches of cake batter at the same time, because I am cooking for more than150 students. I have noticed that the cakes do not usually turn out as good as when I am doing one by one. What can I do to change this? Is it possible to over mix cake batter?

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #2
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How are the multi-batches different?

Yes, you can overmix.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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It is usually the consistency of the cake...it is usually more dense when I make multiple batches. When I make them one at a time, it is more light and fluffy.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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Are you using volume measurements (cups) or weight?

If you are using volume, just multiplying the "cups" used can cause too much ingredients to be used, for example, if your method of measuring adds a 1/2 ounce to each cup (not uncommon), then when multiplying the recipe, it can add up to way too much of that ingredient.

Also the amount of leavening needs to change according to the size of your pan. For example, you'll see just a little difference going from an 8" to 9" to 10" pan, but if you double a recipe and start using much larger pans, the recipe will not perform the same.

The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum explains this better than me.
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