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Why do my cakes always come out flat?

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MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 10:15:16

It's DD1's 2nd birthday tomorrow and I want to make her a really nice cake for her party next saturday, but every time I make a cake it comes out flat. What am I doing wrong?

Carmenere Sun 02-Sep-07 10:17:51

The tins have to be the right size, the oven has to be hot enough and you must NOT open it to see how it is doing.

themoon66 Sun 02-Sep-07 10:20:17

FrannyandZooey Sun 02-Sep-07 10:24:57

Don't let your child jump up and down next to the oven, either, or shout in the kitchen while it's cooking! I saw a cake fall dramatically once (I was looking in at it through the glass bit in the door) as ds came in shouting "MUMMY MUMMY IS THE CAKE DONE YET?"

ELR Sun 02-Sep-07 10:26:46

use self raising flower add a little extra baking powder make two cakes one on top of other

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 10:34:23

What do you mean one on top of other? 4 cake-tins' worth in a stack??

I read in the other thread that 5/5/5 works well, but how many eggs are there in that?

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 11:12:15

I think I might see where I've been going wrong - I've always used 4/4/4/2 eggs and divided that between 2 tins, should I be using that much per tin?

pointydog Sun 02-Sep-07 11:22:33

For two cake tins (and so two cakes to sandwich together) I always use 6/6/6/3 eggs. I don't think you've got enough mixture.

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 11:25:27

That would explain an awful lot!

pointydog Sun 02-Sep-07 11:26:38

good luck

themoon66 Sun 02-Sep-07 11:30:08

If you've got biggish eggs, they may weigh more than 2oz each. Weigh your eggs and match other ingredients to them.

Jojay Sun 02-Sep-07 11:41:30

For 2 cake tine, I always use 8/8/4, for a really decent sized cake. Add a little bit of milk too - about 4 tbls- -makes it really light.

Nigella's recipe for a Victoria sponge is the best imho - haven't had one go wrong yet!

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 11:44:06

If I do 8/8/8/4, how long do I cook it for and at what temp?

Jojay Sun 02-Sep-07 14:38:12

Gas mark 4 / 180 degrees c.

Here's the Nigella recipe for you - can't find it on line. It's basically the 8/8/4, with a few little twists to make it extra yummy!

225g soft unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract / essence
4 large eggs
200g SR flour
25g cornflour
1 tsp Baking powder
3-4 tbsp milk.

Basically, bung everything except the milk into a food processor, or use an electric whisk, until it's blended. then add the milk slowly until you've got a soft, dropping consistency. ( I always chuck all the milk in and it works out fine )

Put into 2 greased 21cm sandwich tins and bake for 25 mins. ( that's what it says here, IIRC I've had to let it cook for longer.)

When cooked, leave the cakes in their tins on a cooling rack for 10 mins before turning out.

If you haven't got cornflour, you can use all SR flour instead, but the cornflour makes it lighter.

It makes the best Victoria Sponge I've ever tasted - if you give it a go, let me know what you think!!

Enjoy!! smile

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 17:21:48

I did my 8/8/8/4 cake this afternoon but forgot it only had 1 minute left to cook when I ran off to change a nappy, so it's very nice apart from being a little dark

I shall ice it well and put plenty of jam in and no one will notice! I'm going to rent a "2" tin for her party so hope it comes with instructions on how much mixture to put in hmm.

Jojay Sun 02-Sep-07 17:35:50

I'm sure it will be lovely!!!

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 17:55:04

If I can work out the proprotions I may try Nigella's for the 2.

ejt1764 Sun 02-Sep-07 17:56:40

Also ... make sure your SR flour is fairly recent - the rising agent in it tends to deteriorate over time ...

MrsBadger Sun 02-Sep-07 18:06:42

moosma, if the '2' tin doesn't come with quantities, use water and a measuring jug to compare its volume with tins you already have.

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 18:26:26

I think it might be a bottomless frame for putting on a baking sheet so that might not work hmm

MrsBadger Sun 02-Sep-07 18:43:29

line with clingfilm and do water trick

MoosMa Sun 02-Sep-07 22:19:41

Ooh aren't you clever!

MrsBadger Mon 03-Sep-07 11:17:10

learnt the hard way wink

MoosMa Mon 03-Sep-07 14:23:18

Well, this is it!

And it was yummy!

Slubberdegullion Mon 03-Sep-07 14:26:05

Oh that's excellent. Glad it tasted as nice as it looked.

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