Okay all, this is a science question based on the formula for high ratio cakes. If i have a cake and I replace all the whole eggs with egg whites to get a white cake, would I also increase the liquid? I figured egg whites have a drying effect on the cake’s final outcome, and since I’m only replacing whole eggs for egg whites I don’t want to increase the fat in the cake to add moisture since the fat to egg ratio is in balance as is. So I figured the only way to counteract the drying effect of the egg whites is to increase the liquid in the cake a bit which should be alright as long as my liquid is equal to or greater than the sugar. Is that right?
I read somewhere that if you increase the water in a cake you should reduce the egg and fat in a cake. I’m assuming this is because water adds moisture and without changing the egg to fat ratio the flour will be too well coated and the water will not be able to be absorbed leaving you with a cake with too much water. Is my thinking right in this? Therefore if I replace a egg whites for the whole eggs, but increase the water, I shouldn’t have to decrease the eggs and shortening as well? or should I also decrease the eggs and shortening based on that tip about increasing water. I just assumed that meant when using whole eggs.
Any ideas? Should I just replace the whites and leave everything else alone since the formula is in balance? Even if egg whites are known to having a drying effect.
Another question is if I have a cake recipe and I add one more egg white to the recipe (for example lets say its a white cake that calls for 4 eggs whites), If i increase it by one more egg white, I therefore increased the fat to compensate for the added egg white, would I increase the water to adjust the drying effect of the added egg white, or does the increasing the fat counteract the extra egg white I added? I guess this main point of this post is about trying to figure out the relationship between water and fat and eggs.
God baking a cake is complicated when trying to change a recipe, but I want to really understand this formula so I can make any changes to cakes in the future. BTW I got bakewise, thus my obsession with the cake formula! Hopefully someone can help, maybe even rose herself my be able to answer some question cause this cake formula has me stumped in some areas. I wish Shirley had a forum like this to take questions the science of baking. *sigh* I think I’ve talked long enough. someone please shed some light for me.