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How to make this cake more like a cake?

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My recipe currently has applesauce, banana, olive oil and yogurt, all ingredients that I've read make a really moist cake. It still keeps coming out dry and slightly rubbery, like...well, like good bread, honestly. Also, it develops this toughish skin/crust on top like a dinner roll.

I mix it only until the flour disappears (muffin method), about 5 turns with a wooden spoon. I've tried underbaking with no success. It's pretty tasty, but the texture is off. Any ideas where I'm going wrong? There is no sugar/honey/maple syrup in this recipe which I'm sure is part of it, but sugar and sugar substitutes are not an option here, sadly.

asked by soleilnyc over 3 years ago

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Emily Nordby
added over 3 years ago

The thing to remember about sugar is that it actually helps to preserve moisture and tenderize the flour. Do you live at high altitude by any chance?

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soleilnyc
added over 3 years ago

I live at sea level. I was hoping the bananas would be sugary and hygrophilic enough. Actually the taste is quite nice. Just bready. More bananas? Egg yolks instead of an egg?

Emily Nordby
added over 3 years ago

If you like the taste, then maybe you should keep it the way it is.

As for the dryness, I can only think that maybe the cake needs more fat? Melted butter or coconut oil would help.
There are a lot of dense ingredients, so you might even want to introduce more air to the batter by whipping your egg whites and folding them in.

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soleilnyc
added over 3 years ago

It's pretty light, as you can see from the pic. It's just tough and dry :P

soleilnyc
added over 3 years ago

I'll try doubling the olive oil

Emily Nordby
added over 3 years ago

I'd be curious to see how it turns out for you!

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added over 3 years ago

Fat is what tenderizes proteins, such as the gluten in flour, and I suspect your cake needs a bit more of it. How much olive oil does the recipe call for?

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soleilnyc
added over 3 years ago

It's a small one layer cake: 3/4 c flour, banana, applesauce, yogurt then 2T of olive oil.

soleilnyc
added over 3 years ago

One egg, though I wonder if the egg white is drying.