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#1 Sat 09 Mar 13 3:10pm

homecook6

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cake from scratch

I can't find a recipe for cake that is as light and fluffy as a cake mix.  They all have a lovely flavour but are heavier and denser than a mix.  Even when I google "cake recipe" many of them start with a cake mix!
I try to avoid processed food and would love to find a recipe for a cake that was just as fluffy as a cake mix.  What do you suggest?

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#2 Sat 09 Mar 13 3:31pm

Thistledo

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Re: cake from scratch

Hiya Homecook.  First of all, what type of cake are you trying to better?  Can't say I've ever used a cake mix in my life.  Tell us the type of cake and we can take it from there.

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#3 Sat 09 Mar 13 5:43pm

homecook6

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Re: cake from scratch

Plain white cake or devils food.

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#4 Sat 09 Mar 13 10:27pm

Birdymum

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Re: cake from scratch

If you want a really light and fluffy cake then why not try making a sponge cake?
The thing is that with a sponge you do have to make sure the egg mix triples in size so an electric beater of some kind is needed.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/9598/basic+sponge+cake

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#5 Sat 09 Mar 13 11:09pm

homecook6

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Re: cake from scratch

Not exactly what I'm looking for but thanks for the advice anyway smile  There must be something in the processing that makes them so fluffy...****.

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#6 Sun 10 Mar 13 12:19am

Miss GlutenFree

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Re: cake from scratch

Hi homecook,

I have a recipe that you might like - it really depends on the flour you use. I use White Wings gluten free flour which is rice flour based so is very light, fluffy and really good with any add-ins (chocolate chips, apple & cinnamon etc):

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup flour
3 large eggs

Method:
Cream butter and sugar.
Add one egg at a time until totally combined.
Add flour and mix on low until all flour is incorporated.

Makes great cupcakes with apple pieces in the middle and cinnamon & sugar dusted on top. Great by itself too.

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#7 Sun 10 Mar 13 3:46am

homecook6

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Re: cake from scratch

Thanks.  I will give this one a try  cool

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#8 Sun 10 Mar 13 10:43am

The White Rabbit

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Re: cake from scratch

It's probably just finer ground flour and more sugar that make packet cakes so light.

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#9 Sun 10 Mar 13 4:01pm

MsPablo

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Re: cake from scratch

It's the leavening, which is usually not part of a sponge cake.  One normally uses cake flour for fine cakes which is milled finer than all-purpose flour.

eta:  Baking cakes with professional results is tricky because every step and the ingredients and equipment used make a difference in the end product.   Still, I always find that barring serious mistakes like a dense texture, etc., homemade tastes fresher and is always preferable to a mix.

Last edited by MsPablo (Sun 10 Mar 13 4:04pm)

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#10 Mon 11 Mar 13 3:11am

homecook6

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Re: cake from scratch

Thanks Ms. Pablo for your answer.  it makes the most sense.  I usually do make homemade just because I like make everything possible from scratch.  This is just a conundrum that has puzzled me for a very long time.  And once in a while, depending on the result I'm trying to achieve,  I end up resorting to the dreaded processed cake mix. evil

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