Hi, all! I’m a longtime baker, had TCB for most of a decade and used it a LOT. I finally got a good scale about a year ago, and have been baking with it since then. I expect this isn’t much of a question, but more of an intro-post, but here goes.
My son’s birthday was this past weekend (he turned 5), and I made him a Stealth Strawberry Cake, modified from All-Occasion Yellow Downey Butter Cake, with Strawberry-flavoured Neo-Classic Buttercream on it. The cake was excellent, as evidenced by the empty platter I took home. I wrote up the cake in my own making-things blog, which you can read if you’d like.
My question is this: the battery in my scale started fading as I was weighing dry ingredients. I realized this just after putting the salt in the bowl. It looked like a lot of salt, but I kind of shrugged and put it in anyway. Then I started weighing the baking powder, and it also looked like a lot. I re-weighed it 3-4 times before I noticed the battery indicator. Then I changed the battery, re-weighed the baking powder, and it STILL looked like a lot. So I went to find my old teaspoons (had to dig for them, too), and measured. I’ve always used Calumet double-action baking powder, and this tin is probably about 6-8 months old. The recipe calls for 19.5g of baking powder, which is supposed to be 1 tbsp + 1 tsp. By volume, 19.5g of baking powder turns out to be more than 1T 2t, so I compromised and split the difference. I used 18g of baking powder, which measured as 1T 1.5t. I also wound up taking out a pinch of the salt, since it had a) looked like too much and b) the battery was wonky, and I hadn’t mixed it in yet.
The cake did fall just a tiny bit on one side of one layer, but I’m mostly attributing that to the difference between strawberries and milk as ingredients. It was still very good, from the little bit I did manage to taste.
I know there’s no WAY I can ever recreate this cake, even with these copious notes I’ve made, but still, I was wondering if anyone else had had the same experience of weight being so very different from volume.