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Old 02-05-2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Sour cream in cakes?

I've been searching some cake recipes and founds several that ask for sour cream and/or cream cheese. I'm wondering what sour cream does for cakes?

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I'm not sure if there is chemistry involved, the lactic acids would certainly have an aerating effect with the raising agent - however they certainly lend something to the flavour, giving the cake a bit of a tang. I remember many years ago making a chocolate sour cream cake that was divine.
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:19 PM   #3
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The sour cream makes them rich and moist.
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:57 PM   #4
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Would think it similar to using plain yogurt? I could see the benefits it would have in adding body and moisture to a cake recipe.
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:33 PM   #5
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It doeswonders. I have some sour cream cake recipe, it's out of this world.
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I make a Sour Cream Coffee Cake that's out of this world as well.
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Thanks for your info you all. I ended up making a marbel cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and decided to add a couple tablespoons of sour cream to the mix. We loved it and it's all gone! I will use it forever in my cakes and muffins from now on.

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Would you post your recipe? We love all kinds of cakes here and coffee cake is one of our favorites.
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:39 PM   #8
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Sour cream gives a mellow rich taste that nothing else gives.
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I make a Sour Cream Coffee Cake that's out of this world as well.
I wonder if it's like mine? It has a rich streudal filling and topping, with a powdered sugar glaze on top.
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I also have a Sour Cream Apple cake, that's one of Emeril's. Basically, it's like a pineapple-upside-down cake, but with apples, and a spice cake instead of a yellow cake.
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