A question about a recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake

I have a question about the recipe "Chocolate Bundt Cake" from KelseyTheNaptimeChef. Has anyone tried this at high altitude (Denver)? Any adjustments that helped? Last chocolate cake I tried came out flat even with alt. changes. Thanks!

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  • August 15, 2013
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Recipe question for: Chocolate Bundt Cake

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JanetFL
JanetFL August 15, 2013

Baking at high altitude = frustration! I am at higher altitude than you are by about 2000 feet. Lately, I've been reducing sugar by about 1/4 cup; baking powder by 1/2 teaspoon; baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon. It definitely seems to be hit or miss for me. Maybe savorthis will see this and chime in. She bakes, though does not eat, the fruits of her efforts in Denver.
My most memorable baking experience at 7700 feet was an angel food cake that turned into a hockey puck!

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boulangere August 15, 2013

I wrote the high altitude baking section for The Bakers Dozen Cookbook (http://www.amazon.com/Bakers-Dozen-Cookbook-Rick-Rodgers/dp/0060186283/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376614559&sr=1-2&keywords=the+bakers+dozen), compiled from among the members of a baking group begun by Marion Cunningham and her piercing blue eyes. My daughter lives in Boulder and has issues identical to yours. For your elevation in Denver, decrease your baking powder by 40%, increase your flour by 6.5%, and increase your eggs by 10%. By decreasing the leavening, you're slowing down the rising process; by increasing the protein components, you're giving them a chance to coagulate around the tiny pockets of carbon dioxide and hold your cake in its beautifully risen shape.

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boulangere August 15, 2013

P.S. JanetFL, for an additional 2000 feet in elevation, decrease your baking powder by 50%, increase flour by 9% and eggs by 14%. To obtain a fraction of an egg, opt for halves; crack the egg to be divided into a bowl and whisk it up. Pour off (about) what you need, and feed the rest to the cat.

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boulangere August 15, 2013

Additional P.S. If you don't have a cat, get one. They're invaluable for times like this.

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JanetFL
JanetFL August 15, 2013

HA, Cynthia! Thanks so much for the advice....including getting a cat. I do have two stray cats but they are particular!

savorthis
savorthis August 16, 2013

I'm glad you weighed in Cynthia. I do like to bake occasionally but I am no scientist when it comes to baking. I'd have no patience for figuring all that out...my dad used to lecture me on altitude and the whys and hows and I felt like the dog in a Far Side comic (blah blah Ginger blah blah)!

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Sam August 16, 2013

Thanks, Cynthia. I'll give it a try this weekend and report back on the results. I just have to go buy a bundt pan first!

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boulangere August 17, 2013

Oh good. I hope your results improve, all!

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