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Old 12-24-2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Cake not rising enough

I need some help with a cake that does not rise as much as I think it should.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F
grease and lightly flour tube pan pan

1 cup butter
1cup sugar
2 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour (NOT DIP AND SWEEP, I lightly spoon it into a measuring cup and level off)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBLSP OF LEMON JUICE
2 tsp lemon zest

Beat butter with mixer for 2 full minutes
add sugar and beat for two minute longer
add eggs, sour cream and vanilla, mix well

Combine flour baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well and add to liquid and stir just until combined well. Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir to combine. Mixture seems rather thick.
Spoon into tube pan and bake for 55 minutes.

cool and turn out onto a serving plate.

This recipe does not rise anywhere near what I think it should , but I can't figure out why. Are my ratios correct ? Please help.

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Old 12-24-2018, 06:22 PM   #2
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I need some help with a cake that does not rise as much as I think it should.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F
grease and lightly flour tube pan pan

1 cup butter
1cup sugar
2 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour (NOT DIP AND SWEEP, I lightly spoon it into a measuring cup and level off)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBLSP OF LEMON JUICE
2 tsp lemon zest

Beat butter with mixer for 2 full minutes
add sugar and beat for two minute longer
add eggs, sour cream and vanilla, mix well

Combine flour baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well and add to liquid and stir just until combined well. Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir to combine. Mixture seems rather thick.
Spoon into tube pan and bake for 55 minutes.

cool and turn out onto a serving plate.

This recipe does not rise anywhere near what I think it should , but I can't figure out why. Are my ratios correct ? Please help.
How old is your baking powder. It can lose some of its umpth if it sits there for some time. Also when you are baking, place the cover back on the can as soon as you take what you need.

I had a can of baking powder that was sitting in the cabinet for some time. I placed a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Absolutely no fizz. Had to toss it.
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:14 PM   #3
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What kind of flour are you using, Traveler? Your flour might have too high of a protein percentage to allow a good lift. A cake flour will permit a proper rise and give your cake a delicate crumb.
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:17 PM   #4
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My baking powder is just fine. I used it just a few days ago to make biscuits.

Also, I use All Purpose flour and I do not over beat it once it is added to the liquid
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Question : some recipes say to not over beat after the eggs go in, some recipes say to not over beat after the dry flour mix goes in. Which do you think is correct ?
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Old 12-25-2018, 05:45 AM   #6
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I never heard of beating the butter before adding sugar. And when I buy/take home my flour, I sift it before putting it away. For the stores it's been packed down so dense it needs it. Whether this is a solution for you, I can't answer definitively. Nothing appears wrong with the recipe though.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:10 AM   #7
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CG just posted a link to an article by Stella Parks about flour in this thread


Bleached Flour; Why?



Very enlightening.
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Question : some recipes say to not over beat after the eggs go in, some recipes say to not over beat after the dry flour mix goes in. Which do you think is correct ?
Beating too much after adding flour can cause too much gluten development and make the cake tough.
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I never use any bleached flour, whether in my breads or for anything else. I guess I just got in the habit of using UNBLEACHED flour when making breads.
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I always use unbleached flour.

Here are a few things to consider.

- it doesn't matter whether you beat the butter and sugar together or separately. Just make sure your butter is soft and you beat them until combined and "fluffy".
- I find it works best to have the eggs at room temperature and I always add them one at a time, beating on medium until they are incorporated (a few seconds)
- add your flour mixture in about 3 separate steps, incorporating well between.

I hope that helps.
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