Cake Did Not Rise

I made a spice cake that I had made several years ago. I didn't have cake flour this time so I used plain flour. It was almost flat as a pancake. What could have caused this? Could it be not using cake flour, not creaming the shortening, sugars, and eggs enough? Please advise.

Doris

By Doris from Logansport, IN

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful
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If you used plain flour, then you will need to use baking powder and/or baking soda.

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful
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I make my own cake flour since it's so much cheaper than the commercial product. Cake flour only contains flour and cornstarch, and cornstarch is not a leveling agent.

One time I ruined a homemade cake by mixing the batter too long. Maybe this is what happened to your cake.

By all means, don't throw the cake out. It can still be frosted and eaten.

This is a great website, save it in your favorites. http://www.baking911.com/cakes/problems.htm

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with Nancy. Plain flour needs baking powder and/or baking soda!!

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

Your baking powder and or baking soda may have expired. And if you didn't use any, then you definitely need to use them.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

If you've moved and changed elevations that could be the problem. Sorry, I don't remember the solution, but I'm sure googling "elevation and baking" would get you one.

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