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Hi Gals ~ looking for help in baking cakes from scratch....i've made them before and have had great results but i would say the last two years my scratch cakes are HORRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!  They e
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HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 2:08 PM EST
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Hi Gals ~ looking for help in baking cakes from scratch....i've made them before and have had great results but i would say the last two years my scratch cakes are HORRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!  They end up tasting like cardboard or corn bread with a hint of cardboard!  I have timed myself with the mixing...i've gone as far as under mixing it afraid that in the past i've over mixed....and still YUK!!!!  i tried one yesterday and it was just AWFUL!!!!  i don't know what i did in all the succesful cakes from my past....i'm trying all the recipes from my succesful bakes just to be sure and nothing....i have the same mixer and oven!  i'm fairly new to the baking and cake decorating world and have resorted to box cakes with twists so that the reciever isn't too disappointed....i have no idea what i'm doing wrong....please HELP!!!! 

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 3:21 PM EST
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I have a great recipe.  It looks long and complicated but it is very easy if you break it down.  It is also a very "spectacular" and fancy looking cake.  I hope you try this one out.
I also posted a great one called Cranberry Almond Pound Cake.  Search the recipes for it.  If you can't find it let me know.
I have been making this one for over 25 years.
Scrumptious Chocolate Torte.
Cake:

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 Cup butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate (4 ounces unsweetened chocolate), melted and cooled
1 1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
Filling:
8 ounces sweet chocolate, use a bar.  (Semi sweet could be used if you prefer a slightly less sweet)
3/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup chopped toasted almonds
2 Cups whipping cream
Directions:
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9 inch layer pans.  I prefer to use parchment paper as well.
In a large bowl of mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, 2/3 Cup butter, the melted cooled chocolate, water and vanilla.  Beat on low speed to blend; then beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.  Add eggs, beat 2 minutes more.
Divide batter between pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool briefly in pans them remove and cool on wire rack.
When cakes are cool split layers.  You will have 4 thin layers. (Don't stress if they are not perfect. Trust me!)
While cakes are baking and cooling make filling.
Filling #1
Melt 6 ounces of the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.  Add softened butter and the almonds.  Allow to cool.  You want this mixture real thick.

The rest of the chocolate use a vegetable peeler and make chocolate curls and set aside.  If you can't get curls grate the chocolate.
Filling #2.
Whip cream.  You can add a bit of sugar if you wish.

Assembly.
Place 1 cake layer on serving plate.
Spread with half the chocolate mixture.
Place second cake layer on top.
Spread with a good portion of the whipped cream
Repeat with remaining cake layers ending with whipped cream.
Top cake with chocolate curls.

Do not frost sides.
Allow the chocolate mixture and whipped cream to "ooze" a bit from between the layers so they are visible.

Must be refrigerated.
I suggest the use of a whipped cream stabilizer for the whipped cream.

This is so good.  Like a candy bar on a plate.  The cake is a bit dense but it needs to hold up to the chocolate butter almond mixture.
Enjoy.

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 3:27 PM EST
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Claudia, if you want the other recipe search for Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake.  I checked it is there. 
For some reason it is in my recipe box but if I search for it the recipe does not come up.  And it is not marked "private".. so if you want the recipe let me know and I will write it out. 

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 3:58 PM EST
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Read your recipe three (3) times before you begin. All ingredients should be room temperature before you begin. Measure ingredients carefully. Double check before you put cake in oven. Good Luck

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 5:08 PM EST
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Agree with Maxine.  READ, Prepare and then Pray!  LOL

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 5:23 PM EST
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First: 10/19/2009
Last: 2/11/2012
In Response to Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!:
I have a great recipe.  It looks long and complicated but it is very easy if you break it down.  It is also a very "spectacular" and fancy looking cake.  I hope you try this one out. I also posted a great one called Cranberry Almond Pound Cake.  Search the recipes for it.  If you can't find it let me know. I have been making this one for over 25 years. Scrumptious Chocolate Torte. Cake: 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 2/3 Cup butter 4 squares unsweetened chocolate (4 ounces unsweetened chocolate), melted and cooled 1 1/4 cup water 1 tsp vanilla 3 eggs Filling: 8 ounces sweet chocolate, use a bar.  (Semi sweet could be used if you prefer a slightly less sweet) 3/4 Cup butter 1/2 Cup chopped toasted almonds 2 Cups whipping cream Directions: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9 inch layer pans.  I prefer to use parchment paper as well. In a large bowl of mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, 2/3 Cup butter, the melted cooled chocolate, water and vanilla.  Beat on low speed to blend; then beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.  Add eggs, beat 2 minutes more. Divide batter between pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool briefly in pans them remove and cool on wire rack. When cakes are cool split layers.  You will have 4 thin layers. (Don't stress if they are not perfect. Trust me!) While cakes are baking and cooling make filling. Filling #1 Melt 6 ounces of the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.  Add softened butter and the almonds.  Allow to cool.  You want this mixture real thick. The rest of the chocolate use a vegetable peeler and make chocolate curls and set aside.  If you can't get curls grate the chocolate. Filling #2. Whip cream.  You can add a bit of sugar if you wish. Assembly. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Spread with half the chocolate mixture. Place second cake layer on top. Spread with a good portion of the whipped cream Repeat with remaining cake layers ending with whipped cream. Top cake with chocolate curls. Do not frost sides. Allow the chocolate mixture and whipped cream to "ooze" a bit from between the layers so they are visible. Must be refrigerated. I suggest the use of a whipped cream stabilizer for the whipped cream. This is so good.  Like a candy bar on a plate.  The cake is a bit dense but it needs to hold up to the chocolate butter almond mixture. Enjoy.
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Nikki...

Oh my...this recipe sounds wonderful!  Gotta go, this is a must print and make!!

Thank you!

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 7:18 PM EST
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I have had bad luck with older ingredients.  Even if you have not had it that long, it might have been in the store a while before you purchased it.  So check all your basic staples for dates & freshness.

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 10:01 PM EST
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I agree with Pat.  You would be wise to replace your baking powder and baking soda.  These ingredients can get old in your cupboard. 

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/22/2011 11:44 PM EST
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I agree.  Replace your baking powder and baking soda and try again.  Hope all works out well for you.

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 2/26/2011 4:10 PM EST
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I paid 1.95 for a Four pound bag of Dixie Crystal Sugar also known as Imperial Sugar in some States this week with a Coupon.

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 5/7/2011 8:03 AM EDT
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Did trying fresh ingredients help?  I like to know how the story turned out.Wink

Re: HELP....cardboard cake!!!

posted at 5/7/2011 10:37 PM EDT
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I have also "discovered" that many recipes in older books were written before we had such powerful mixing machines.  It used to be the instructions were to mix for 2 or 3 minutes that was by hand, if you mix 2 or 3 minutes in a stand mixer you may be over mixing your cake or cookies.

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