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Old 05-06-2006, 04:12 PM   #1
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Fallen Cake

Hi, I just found your website and am delighted to find so many ideas. I have a problem with my age old cake recipe. The recipe has been handed down from my mom to me over 30 years ago. Recently my cakes refuse to rise, this last time I purchased all new ingrediants and it still fell. Now I have a very dumb question, would using extra large eggs instead of large egss cause this? We moved to Florida from Ohio and I dont know if this is the cause or not I am so upset, this is a great cake and I dont want to stop baking it. Thank you for any ideas you may have.

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Old 05-06-2006, 05:28 PM   #2
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Can you post recipe?So we can take a look at it.I dont think the eggs are the problem.
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:29 PM   #3
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Since the recipe is an old one I don't think the eggs

are necessarily the problem. If I am using a very old recipe I use extra large eggs or add a little extra, maybe 1/3 egg extra for every 2 eggs called for in the recipe. I would think that maybe humidity and extra moisture in the flour may make the batter to wet to hold it's height. Since both humidity and slightly larger eggs both add moisture I would try the smaller eggs since you really can't do anything about the humidity.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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No, no, and no. It is your leavening even if you say you have purchased it new.

Or it is the temp of the oven if it is new to you.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:59 PM   #5
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Yes, I use an oven thermometer to go by if I cannot regulate and calibrate my oven. it is surprising how far off they can be.
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Old 05-07-2006, 01:41 PM   #6
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Ok here is the recipe.
Sift together: 2c flour, 2c sugar, 2t. baking soda,1/2t. salt, 4 rounded T. cocoa
Add and mix: 1 cup miracle whip, 1 cup water 1t. vanilla, 2 eggs
Bake at 350 30-35 min.

And thank you all for your advice
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Old 05-07-2006, 02:19 PM   #7
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I could be wrong, but, I don't think there is enough acid in the miracle whip to react with the soda.
Have you tried baking powder? perhaps with 1 t soda?

Just speculating.
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Old 05-07-2006, 05:17 PM   #8
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Are you sure its supposed to use baking soda instead of baking powder?
I have accidently mixed up soda for baking powder in a couple recipes and they did not rise.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:49 AM   #9
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... Recently my cakes refuse to rise ... We moved to Florida from Ohio ...
If I read this right the recipe used to work and now it doesn't? You changed something - or something you use got changed.

Generally All Purpose flour in the South is softer than in the North - so that shouldn't be a problem. Maybe the leavener is dead? Perhaps - did you try using mayonnaise in place of Miracle Whip? Mayo generally isn't as acidic as Miracle Whip.
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:46 AM   #10
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I have always used Miracle Whip (the recipe is "Miracle Whip Cake"). I have rechecked the ingrediants and yes it calls for baking soda. It is driving me crazy!!! Everyone loves this cake (fallen or not) and I cannot figure out what is wrong, I am going to try all of your suggestions and try to figure out what is wrong. You are all great and thank you for taking time to answer my questions.
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