(Closed) Baking f-up. Can my cake be salvaged?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

i think it would probably be ok…make sure you mix it in really well though, clumps of baking soda = yuck

Post # 4
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That has happened to me…and the cake turned out fine! 🙂

Post # 6
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It won’t be bad.  The baking soda reacts with an acid (probably milk in your recipe) to create CO2 bubbles, which expand with heat and cause the cake to rise.  So while mixing the baking soda in with dry ingredients would allow for more contact w/ the milk, it should still be fine.  Baking powder could have caused a bigger problem, since some are activated by moisture.

Post # 7
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Honestly, shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

Post # 8
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t see why it should be an issue. Cake batter is usually fairly forgiving. If it makes you feel any better, I am a fairly exsperianced baker and once for Fathers day accidently put self rising flour AND baking powder in a pound cake. It exploded all over the over. 

Post # 9
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

by mixing in the baking soda later, you probably over-mix the batter.  depending on how delicate the original recipe was, a number of different things can happen — tough cake, collapsed cake, tunneling…


Post # 11
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

You’ll be fine, or I’d be surprised if you weren’t. I bake from scratch all the time and rarely add things in the right order or as directed. Haven’t had a cake flop yet!

What kind? I’m getting ready to start a carrot cake.

Post # 12
4606 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@UpstateCait:  It should be fine. It’s happened to me several times, and I bake a lot, and my cakes have turned out fine.

Post # 16
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@UpstateCait:  Nice!!  Glad it mostly worked out.

I love having a good chocolate cake recipe. I have been proposed to three (3) times on the basis of my chocolate cake!! 😀

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