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Old 03-26-2007, 08:14 AM   #1
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My DW baked a Sour cream cake...in a tube pan. This was number 572! Seriously she has baked this cake for years. No major problem. She baked one this week-end and it turned out fine (It did fall somewhat)

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The inside of the cake was not it's normal color. white to off-white. This time it was a kinda carmel, amber, color. Very strange! This off color had no ill effects on texture or taste. Any ideas to what may have caused this?

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Old 03-26-2007, 09:15 AM   #2
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Can we assume all the ingredients were exactly the same as always?
Same pan?
Was the color uniform or were ther streaks if the darker color in the batter?
Was it normal color berfore baking?
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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3 Cups Flour
3 Cups sugar
1 Cup Crisco
1/4 t. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t soda
6 eggs seperated

Everything to together..fold in egg whites. Baked at 325 for 1 1/2 hours.

Batter was normal prior to baking.
Not streaks per say...rather areas of mostly dark..uniform through out the cake..No deviations in anything.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:42 AM   #4
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I believe that I made this same kind of cake last summer from a recipe that's in the manual for the Electrolux Assistant stand mixer.

Using the mixer for the first time, that was what I tried first, and it came out good! But it's not often that I make such a cake. I'm mainly a pound cake freak.
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:02 AM   #5
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Corey....

DW has made this cake for years...Origin is unknown to me.
Never fails...Just a good all-a-round pound type cake.
Excellent for strawberry short cake etc. Warm, just out of the oven it will just melt in your mouth...As you know I (we) can't eat a lot of this stuff but she enjoys it....
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:14 AM   #6
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Uncle Bob, one of the listed ingredients is Crisco. The only thing I can think of is that your DW may have used some of the new lower- or non-transfats version. That's the only variable I can see in the recipe if she prepared the cake as she always has. Just a thought.
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:22 AM   #7
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Miss Katie...

I just looked at the can. It appears to be just plain Crisco. The can is almost empty. Biscuits were made Saturday morning with no adverse effects.
( they were awsome with red-eye gravy however)

Oh well not a biggie...probably want happen again. Was just curious. Told her I would throw it out here and see if anyone had a clue.

Thanks everyone for thinking about it.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:32 AM   #8
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My first thought was the crisco, too, but more along the lines of an expiration date. Out of curiosity, check the dates on all of the ingredients. Even if one is just really close to expiration, that could throw things off--maybe color, too.

My only other thought was that there was an area were things weren't fully and evenly blended but I'd thing that would affect texture. Hmmmm.... I'll be anxious to see what others think!
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:59 AM   #9
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She baked one this week-end and it turned out fine (It did fall somewhat)

EXCEPT:
The inside of the cake was not it's normal color. white to off-white. This time it was a kinda carmel, amber, color. Very strange! This off color had no ill effects on texture or taste. Any ideas to what may have caused this?

TIA

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Aarggg. Lost the whole post.

Re the fall - recipe mentioned 6 eggs separated, so I'm guessing the whites need to form peaks, and any yellow/yolk will inhibit the rise & may change the color. (Souffle maker here.)

Re the color - At what point did you incorporate the vanilla - into the yolks or whites? Perhaps you can take us step by step thru the process. An hour and a half seems like a long time, but if the recipe has worked in the past, the cooking time may not be the problem affecting the color & rise.

Re the sour cream - presuming it was real sour cream and not the gawdawful IMO or sour cream sub.
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Old 03-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #10
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It's pretty much a pound cake recipe to me so the time seems fine. Vanilla could color it some. That is strange. So long as it tastes good, carry on!!
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