Troubleshooting Guide - Angel Food Cake Mix

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  • Why does angel food cake fall during baking?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Over mixing

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times. If possible, use an electric timer that shuts off the mixer automatically

    Bumping the cake during baking

    Avoid opening and closing the oven doors during baking. Avoid bumping the cake while it is baking.

    High altitude

    Follow the high altitude directions on the package

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow package directions for proper oven temperature and baking time. Have oven checked for accuracy.

  • Why does angel food cake lack volume?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Incorrect scaling weight

    Follow package directions for proper scaling weight for pan size used.

    Insufficient mixing

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times. Once fully mixed, batter should hold a crease.

    Pans were greased prior to baking

    Be sure that all pans and utensils used are completely grease free.

    Too much water added to the mix

    Follow package directions for proper water amounts. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Oven is too hot

    Follow directions for proper oven temperature. Check oven for accuracy using an oven thermometer.

    Steam in oven

    Air out oven after using steam for baking.

    Over mixing

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times. If possible, use an electronic time that shuts off the mixer automatically.

  • Why is the angel food cake tough?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Insufficient mixing

    Follow directions for proper mix times. The batter has not been aerated enough.

    Cake was stored while it was hot

    Cool cake to room temperature before covering or placing in an enclosed cabinet.

    Over mixing

    Follow package directions for mixing times. If possible, use an electronic timer to shut off mixer automatically.

  • Why is the angel food cake gummy at the bottom?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Under mixing

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times.

    Under baking

    Follow package directions for proper baking times. Check oven for accuracy using an oven thermometer.

    Intense bottom heat in oven

    Move cakes in oven away from intense bottom heat. If necessary, place cake pans on a sheet pan while baking.

  • Why does the angel food cake have excessive shrinkage?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Incorrect oven temperature

    Follow package directions for proper baking temperature. Check oven temperature for accuracy.

    Cakes not inverted after baking

    Always invert pans once removed from the oven. Cool inverted.

    Over mixing

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times. If possible, use an electronic timer to shut off mixer automatically.

  • Hollow spots on bottom or sides of cake

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Moisture in bottom of pans

    Make sure pans are dried thoroughly before use.

    Grease spots in pan

    Make sure that pans have been thoroughly cleaned and are grease free.

    Batter over mixed or under mixed

    Follow package directions for proper mixing times. If possible, use an electronic timer to shut off mixer automatically.