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Old 02-04-2014, 06:36 AM   #1
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Talking Question of baking powder and "flavors"!!

I like the soft cake and fragrant, but also very swollen!!
what is the best baking powder to make cakes very high and swollen?
Furthermore, I was wondering what is meant by "cup" ...
how many grams are one cup?
...and, What does the word "flavors" that we find on the labels of American!

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Old 02-04-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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I guess you have an American cake recipe.

Cups are volume measure. I cup is about 237 ml. How much that would be in grams depends on what you are measuring. If it's water, then 237 grams. If it is flour or sugar, it will be different.

I know, measuring flour or sugar by weigh is more accurate and easier.

Just to add to the confusion, there is a difference in size between "weight measure" and "dry measure". You don't measure flour in the same size cup as you measure liquids. Yes, they are almost the same size, but not quite.

Here's a link to a chart to help with converting recipes: Cooking Equivalent Measurements, U.S. vs. Metric vs. Imperial (U.K.) Measures, Substituting Cooking Measurements, Dry Measurements, Liquid Measurements
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:08 AM   #3
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thank you very much...the chart will be very useful to translate your recipes!!!
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #4
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TaxLady -

that website has some pretty severe issues.

starting right off the top with
Dry/Weight Measurements

as you pointed out, a cup of what weighs 8 ounces?
and 8 ounces by weight is closer to 227 grams

16 tablespoons
1 cup
8 ounces
.500 pound or 1/2 pound
225 grams

There’s fluid ounces and there’s avoirdupois ounces and that site does not distinguish.
And 8 fluid ounces is a (US) cup, of anything.

1 cup all-purpose flour
5 ounces
142 grams
1 cup whole wheat flour
8 1/2 ounces
156 grams

8.5 ounces by weight = 241 grams

It’s not a good site for metric oriented types.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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I'm not sure you can simply pump up a cake to make it more soft and swollen by adding more leavening agents. Different recipes create different results. A sponge cake would be fluffier than a pound cake or carrot cake. I don't do many fluffy/swollen cakes so can't offer a good suggestion. I'm sure some one will be able to help you here.
Also, a liquid measure cup is different from a dry measure cup and is some recipes, the difference might be critical.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:04 PM   #6
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Here, we write all solids in grams and liquids in litres.. it is more simple!
But, I will learn...I can do it...!!!
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TaxLady -

that website has some pretty severe issues.

starting right off the top with
Dry/Weight Measurements

as you pointed out, a cup of what weighs 8 ounces?
and 8 ounces by weight is closer to 227 grams

16 tablespoons
1 cup
8 ounces
.500 pound or 1/2 pound
225 grams

There’s fluid ounces and there’s avoirdupois ounces and that site does not distinguish.
And 8 fluid ounces is a (US) cup, of anything.

1 cup all-purpose flour
5 ounces
142 grams
1 cup whole wheat flour
8 1/2 ounces
156 grams

8.5 ounces by weight = 241 grams

It’s not a good site for metric oriented types.
It still works for me. Thanks for pointing out the problems. I didn't notice in the dry/weight section that they were giving grams. I only noticed the first ones that gave ml, which is what it all should have been.

I believe the US weights given in the first section refer to water.

I think that "1 cup whole wheat flour
8 1/2 ounces
156 grams"

should have read "5 1/2 ounces", which is ~5.5 ounces. It did seem improbable that a cup of whole wheat flour would weigh so much more than a cup of AP flour.

Do you have a link to a better chart?
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>>I believe the US weights given in the first section refer to water.
certainly works with the caption: Dry/Weight Measurements

that site has been reference a number of times; it's misleading, inaccurate and never been fixed.

>>a better site
I'm an engineer, and I'm a geek. so I wrote my own conversion program
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>>I believe the US weights given in the first section refer to water.
certainly works with the caption: Dry/Weight Measurements

that site has been reference a number of times; it's misleading, inaccurate and never been fixed.
Has anyone told them it's wrong?
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I'm an engineer, and I'm a geek. so I wrote my own conversion program
I meant something that the original poster could use for cooking.

I'm not a geek, but I'm pretty geeky, so I might write up a table if I get bored. It's probably quicker than Googling and verifying a bunch of tables.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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We've suggested to other U.K. members that they invest in an inexpensive set of American measuring cups and spoons for making American recipes. It seems to me to be the easiest solution.
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