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hbhubbard 01-09-2013 05:17 PM

Cupcakes too dense
 
I am not new to baking but haven't had any formal training yet(in school for it now). I did just move back in with my parents who have a severely outdated oven and I am used to mine which was only a few years old? Could the older oven cause an issue when I am baking as far as density? I know that the time and temperature and all that can be different but surprisingly that all seems to be the same. I am a perfectionist and this is driving me insane. I have thrown away dozens of cupcakes because I refuse to let people eat them unless they are perfect. I need all the help I can get bc someone from work asked me to make them 5.5 dozen cupcakes soon and I won't be able to do it unless i fix the problem. And my baking soda/powder are brand new.


Thanks

merstar 01-09-2013 05:30 PM

Are you using the same type and same brand of flour?

hbhubbard 01-09-2013 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by merstar (Post 1227455)
Are you using the same type and same brand of flour?

Yes nothing has changed with anything except the oven. I'm even still on the same part of the state just a few miles away from where I used to be

CharlieD 01-09-2013 05:58 PM

Have you checked actual temperature of the oven?

hbhubbard 01-09-2013 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by CharlieD (Post 1227464)
Have you checked actual temperature of the oven?

No I'm not sure how to do that except an external temp in there

CharlieD 01-09-2013 06:03 PM

You can pick up a stove thermometer in Target or other store. If you go to kitchen supply you will for sure find a decent one. Put that thermometer inside your oven and preheat to a certain temp, let's say 375 deg. Let it run for even 1-15 minutes and then check that inside thermometer see what temp shows on it. That will be the first step in figuring out the oven properties.
Also is the oven electric or gas? What kind of oven did you have before?

CharlieD 01-09-2013 06:06 PM

here is an exmple of what you should look for:
Amazon.com: Admetior Kitchen Oven Thermometer: Kitchen & Dining

hbhubbard 01-09-2013 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by CharlieD (Post 1227468)
You can pick up a stove thermometer in Target or other store. If you go to kitchen supply you will for sure find a decent one. Put that thermometer inside your oven and preheat to a certain temp, let's say 375 deg. Let it run for even 1-15 minutes and then check that inside thermometer see what temp shows on it. That will be the first step in figuring out the oven properties.
Also is the oven electric or gas? What kind of oven did you have before?

Oh ok that makes sense I will have to do that. Both were electric. The one I used to use was a ge I think and I have no idea what this one is

CharlieD 01-09-2013 06:09 PM

I'd say start with the thermometer.
At the same time, being that the cup cakes too dence the first thing I would look is the time of cooking. Lets asume the oven is heating higher than it shows. Try to undercook them and see what happens.

hbhubbard 01-09-2013 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by CharlieD (Post 1227472)
I'd say start with the thermometer.
At the same time, being that the cup cakes too dence the first thing I would look is the time of cooking. Lets asume the oven is heating higher than it shows. Try to undercook them and see what happens.

Great thank you very much


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