Salted butter and baking soda
Posted: 11 September 2012 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi! I had heard that salted butter is acidic base. Therefore when it is beaten till fluffy with sugar, is it ok to incorporate baking soda with flour during the “adding dry ingredients” stage when actually baking powder is already part of the recipe? Will the “extra” baking soda make the cake more fluffy?  Thanks!

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Posted: 12 September 2012 01:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It sounds like you are asking if it’s OK to add additional baking soda, beyond what is called for in a cake recipe, is that right?  The problem with this is that chemical leaveners “tenderize” a cake, weakening its structure.  If you weaken the cake’s structure too much, it can dip in the middle or even collapse.  Also, altering the pH of the batter to be more alkaline will delay setting of the eggs, which can coarsen the texture of the crumb.  You might be able to get away with adding a tiny amount, but then again you might not- depends on how much structure is in the recipe to begin with.

If you want more air in the cake, try beating the butter and sugar longer, and maybe separating an egg or two and beating the white separately, gently folding that into the batter at the end.  Or you might just look for a different recipe, one that is designed to be light and fluffy: perhaps a sponge-style cake?

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Posted: 13 September 2012 07:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Dear Julie,
thanks for your reply!  Yes! You hit the jackpot by answering my question! Talking about folding in the ingredients, I had never seen a butter cake’s recipe, where folding of flour is needed. The question is, if I am making a butter cake , can I fold in the flour as if I am making a sponge cake?  Is this step redundant?

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