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Old 09-23-2019, 02:59 AM   #1
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Inconsistent results with chocolate cake?

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17...late-cake-iii/ I use this recipe to make a wonderful chocolate cake from scratch. About 70% of the time it comes out perfect and the other 30% of the time it is too heavy or so light that it starts to fall apart when I am cutting. Any ideas of what is causing this?

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Old 09-23-2019, 06:04 AM   #2
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First thought that comes to mind is your flour. Perhaps most times you are stirring/aerating it just right and other times too much or not enough. I always use a big whisk to stir my flour well before measuring out.

Only other factor I can think of is the humidity that day.
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:17 PM   #3
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The most common reasons for the inconsistency would be one of the following. Without more information we can't give you one specific reason.

1. Measurements - whether you dip n scoop, spoon in the cup, or weigh your flour, it will come out different.

2. Temperature of ingredients - eggs and other liquids act differently if they are warm or cold.

3. Age of leavener - baking powder and baking soda lose potency over time.

4. Mixing - over or under mixing can cause problems.
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