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How To Create A Cake Recipe From Scratch?

post #1 of 6
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G'Day! 

 

This is a very very broad question, I know but I'm interested in learning how to approach creating a cake recipe of my own from scratch. Is there a thread here that teaches on this topic? I am familiar with baker's percentage and all but I want to learn how cake recipes are even created. Where does one start? How do you know how much of what to use based on pan size and number of layers desired? 

 

If there's nothing like that here could someone direct me to where I may be able to learn this information? 

 

Thanks so much!

Jenise

post #2 of 6

Jenise,

That is a very broad question and has many variables. You probably know all this.  Not all batters weigh the same, some batters do not rise as much as others. Filling the pan 1/3 or 1/2 or3/4.

I have developed a few formulas. I would use water weight to get some sort of final weight. If your trying a formula that you think might take a fill of 1/2 the pan to rise sufficiently. I you take 2 pans, if that's the height you're going for. Fill them 1/2 with water and then pour them out to get the weight of a full mix. Then use that total  to start your percentages.

Does that make any sense?

I would use weight vs volume to make it easier to scale it up.

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post #3 of 6

Hi Jenise,

 

I create new formulas by prototype cycling.

 

First, know your goal then either start by using a basic plain cake recipe or find a recipe that is close to what your looking for.

Step 2, Bake it, taste it, take pictures of the crumb, take notes on the pan dimension, the material, the temp, etc.. Understand the characteristics.

Step 3, Redo the recipe by changing or adding variables (ideally one at a time) that you think will bring you closer to your goal.

Step 4, observe the results, take meticulous notes and pictures, taste it, make comments, get inspired for the next adjustment.

repeat step 3 and 4 until you reach your goal.

 

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G'Day! 

 

This is a very very broad question, I know but I'm interested in learning how to approach creating a cake recipe of my own from scratch. Is there a thread here that teaches on this topic? I am familiar with baker's percentage and all but I want to learn how cake recipes are even created. Where does one start? How do you know how much of what to use based on pan size and number of layers desired? 

 

If there's nothing like that here could someone direct me to where I may be able to learn this information? 

 

Thanks so much!

Jenise

just keep learning here and see what other peoples are saying and doing .you will learn a lot ..............

post #5 of 6
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Thank you, to everyone, for your responses and advice. I will consider all the points given when I approach this and continue to hang out here to gain more knowledge. 

 

Thanks again! This is a great forum. 

post #6 of 6

There are many different types of cakes. Some slightly dense like a pound cake. And others like a super-light weight like a wedding cake. My advice is to take a cake that you already like and that is a known quantity and work from there. Going in totally blind is likely to result in frustration. The ingredient list is very wide and varied.  Not all cake use butter or eggs. I make a deliciously rich moist chocolate cake with no butter or eggs. 

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