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High ratio cake problem

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I am making the high raio cake recipe from the Le Cordon Bleu cook book, the recipe call for high ratio shortening, but I don't have it so used butter instead.  The cake turns out fine but there were so many lumps in the batter.  I don't want to have the lumps, can I use melted butter or olive oil instead?  

 

Thanks

lucy

post #2 of 4

Welcome to Cheftalk Lucy,

 

I just had a question for you, when you used the butter did you beat it till it was very soft ? Normally when using butter  I put it in my stand mixer ( or whatever you use ) and let it go for 5 minutes, then add sugar and eggs etc....is that what you did ?

 

When you added the dry ingredients did you add it slowly along with the liquid ?

 

Your batter should have a silky shiny look to it when its done, no lumps.

 

I don't know I am just throwing out some thoughts here.....a high ratio shortening  just allows your mixture to hold more sugar than liquid.

 

You could have used any of the fats you listed , they would have worked if they were incorporated properly along with the rest of the ingredients.

 

some ideas....

 

Petals.

 

 

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post #3 of 4
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Hi Petals,

 

i wasnt using the creaming method so I did not cream the butter, sugar and egg.  I was using the high ratio/2 stage method, add soft butter to the dry first then follow by the liquid.

I've tired this method several times, I like the result but I just want to get rid of lumps. So in  my last test, I cream the butter for 20 sec first before add the dry, but still the batter ended up with lumps....

my buddy ask me to forget it since the result is good, but I just want to make it prefect as I want to start my cupcake business one day.....

 

I am going to test it with melted butter....

 

Thanks

lucy

post #4 of 4

Lucy,

 

I would love to know what recipe you are using but that is entirely up to you if you wanted to share it.

 

You said :

"So in  my last test, I cream the butter for 20 sec first before add the dry, but still the batter ended up with lumps...."

 

From all the cakes I have made 1) 20 seconds is not a long time to cream your butter

                                              2) was there liquid in this because you did not mention (I assume there was) ?

                                              3) when combining the dry ingredients into the creamed butter do you simultaneously add the liquid a little at a time ?

                                              

Lucy, I am just trying to troubleshoot your problem with the lumps.......the fact that you would like to perfect your recipe is very commendable. Le Cordon Bleu ? I have the dessert technique book but do not see any cake recipes....it would be good to know your recipe and the steps.

 

 

There are so many talented members here, maybe they will chime in.....

 

Petals.

 

Petals
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Petals
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Served Up
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Wine and Cheese
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