Monday, June 1, 2015

Why Do My Cakes Sink In The Middle?

BHG.com Expert:
This is the answer by Deborah-Wagman:
"If you are following the right recipe and it is still sinking: First try this in order.
1. Do not open the oven during baking until the very end.
2. When you think the cake is done, stick a small knife in the middle - if it comes up clean then its done.
If after doing the two above and your cake is still "sinking when you take it out of the oven" and you are using a "MIXER OR STAND MIXER" then number three below is the problem.
3. Do not use a mixer - you are over mixing.
It only took me ten waisted cakes to realize this.
Until one knows how to use a stand mixer or the right mixing speeds, "do not use" - it will destroy a cake.
I was using a kitchenaid mixer to mix all the ingredients.
THE PROBLEM: OVERMIXING.
Who would have guess making a cake is a science!
How I figured it out was I decided not to use the mixer at all after destroying ten cakes.
I changed and did everything by hand "the old fashion way".
OMG.... the cake came out so perfect.
OMG... never knew mixing or over mixing the batter could sink a cake!
So I tested it again and made another 9 cakes the old fashion way and not one problem with sinking.
All came out beautifully.. Nice and moist - oh so moist!

The best moist cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar (or use ony 1 cup if you don't want it too sweet)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
3/4 cup whole milk room temp
1/2 cup sour cream

My suggestion - do it the "old way" - by hand.
If you want you can mix the wet ingredients in the mixer but "MIX IN THE FLOUR/DRY INGREDIENTS BY HAND".
It will be the best cake you ever tasted! no kidding.
Oh ... and don't forget to greese and flour the baking pan."
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