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Doubling a Recipe Does NOT Always Work

I tried making my pineapple cake today, doubling the recipe of my basic yellow cake, using the DaVince Pineapple syrup for the liquid.

Well……., the cake is delicious, but did not raise to the expected 1 1/2 inches, it only made it to 1 1/4 inch.  That 1/4 inch affected the texture a bit, making it more dense (not as light).   Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed, but I learned a valuable lesson.  Just because you were successful with one layer, doesn’t mean doubling it will get you the same result.

yellow cake 1

The layer above is the single layer recipe, and this one measured 1 1/2 inches, and had a much lighter texture.  What a difference!!

My first reaction was to go to the net for info regarding this matter.  That in itself was a blessing as I found out I was not alone.  I also found out that many factors affect the outcome of doubling the ingredients- the various weights of flour, sugars, and liquids, even eggs can affect the final product.

So…, I will simply make one layer at a time.  Of course, the present cake won’t be too hard to swallow, as I threw in a bit of coconut with the filling, and added some tinted coconut on the top for my presentation.

I have made the changes in the e-book, so you might want to check that out sometime.

The strangest thing of all that comes out of this is that the chocolate cake recipe is not affected at all.   It always raises high and gives me beautiful layers.  All I can figure out is that there has to be a chemical reaction going on between  the cocoa and the remaining ingredients.  Hummmm??????????

Always striving to improve-  J

Pineapple Cake Update

single layer pineapple cake

As always I am constantly striving to improve my baking skills, so I tried a couple of things using  half of this recipe.  The minor ingredient amount changes  are in my recipe book page on this website.

The biggest discovery and great results came as I tried baking my single layer, surrounded by a towel strip that I pinned around the sides of the pan.  Not only did it eliminate the cracking, but also took care of the bulging in the middle.

The crumb of the cake was excellent, it was moist, and  baked evenly throughout.

I also baked this cake at 340.  Next time I will up it to 345 and see if it makes a difference.  I will let you know.

Below is the website that explains it a bit better.  Take the time to look it up.  It really works.

Baking an even cake!

Happy baking!

J