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Topic: What does it mean when you say a cake is dense?
vaniroel 02/24/2011 10:18 AM
This may be a dumb question, but I hear it all the time and I have no idea what it means. Haha..I feel kind of dumb, but what does it mean when you say a cake is dense?
Chasey 02/24/2011 10:57 AM
It refers to the texture, more or less, of the cake. When you slice a cake, take a look at the amount of air pockets and tunnels going through it. A box mix that is baked according to the directions on the package with no additional "doctoring" of it results in a very light and fluffy cake. You can see pockets of air in the sliced piece.

In constrast, if you were to add an extra egg and a full box of dry pudding to that mix, it makes the texture of the cake a little "tighter" if you will. Notice how pound cake doesn't have any (or shouldn't!) air pockets? That cake is dense and has a very fine crumb.

Box cake is fluffy with a large crumb.


Does that help?
vaniroel 02/24/2011 11:09 AM
Yes that helps a lot. I just never knew what that meant. Thanks for answering
luvbakin 02/24/2011 11:24 AM
Van - No questions are dumb questions....how would you learn if you didn't ask!
MARIE J 02/24/2011 5:35 PM
I'm with luvbakin - no question is ever dumb !! Except the unasked ones !!
bunnywoman 02/24/2011 7:27 PM
DITTO! Chasey explained this very well.