Cakes at Altitude

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CanCathy

Cakes at Altitude

I use Delia's recipe for the all in one sponge cake. When I was back in the UK I never had problems with cakes, but while cooking in Calgary, Canada, my sponge cakes always deflate in the middle. I don't touch the oven and follow the recipe and it happens every time. I have read it might be the altitude affecting the cake, can you recommend how I compensate for this?

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Thistledo

Cakes at Altitude

Thought ovens were hermetically sealed? Therefore, should have no affect on altitude. Maybe it should read 'attitude' lol.

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Welshcookie

Cakes at Altitude

Which ovens are hermetically sealed? Are they special ones? They are usually set up so they don't lose too much heat, but that is all.

Only pressure cookers are completely sealed.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Cakes at Altitude

Hello CanCathy,

I think in your circumstances, you should try baking your sponge cakes at a higher temperature (20 degrees C more than the recipe states) and see if that stops them sinking,

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Kayb

Altitude

Hi CanCathy, I looked up a canadian cookery site and also Google. If you go to 'King Arthur's Flour' website; which as you probably know is one of Canada's flour companies; you will find all sorts of tips for cooking at altitude, plus lots of other things.
Hope this helps,
Karen

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NateJ

you might try this..

As I understand it, due to the higher altitude, and thus lower air pressure, you need to lower the raising agent in the cake.

If you are using self raising flour, try to substitute some of it with plain flour. You may have to substitute as much as half of it with plain flour.

My understanding about temperature changes in the oven is that you need change them by 5-10C.

I live in the Rocky Mountains in the USA and often have this issue as well, and have needed to experiment over the years.

I agree, the King Arthur Flour website has a lot of good information about high altitude baking. Also, the University of Colorado in the USA has a lot of good information about high altitude baking on its agricultural extension services pages.

 
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