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Put 4 large eggs in a cake calling for 3 eggs - what to do?

This is just a small cake, a 3 layer 6-inch so it is quite a bit extra. Just add a little flour? I'm trying out the Milk Bar Birthday Cake, the naked cake with sprinkles. Arg.

asked by nutcakes 11 months ago
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added 11 months ago

I should mention that the cake calls for 2 c flour, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder and contains buttermilk and a bit of oil in addition to butter and shortening.

Also while I am at it, she makes a 1/4 sheet pan and stamps out the 6-inch rounds from a ring. One layer has to be 'frankensteined' together from scraps. But I have 6-inch pans. I guess they will be a bit higher. I will cut them with my 6-inch ring or a knife to expose the sides and show the sprinkles. That should be okay, yes?

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

If the batter is still unbaked, add other ingredients proportionally and save the extra 1/3 batch for another use - freeze or give away or re-purpose.
If you've already baked it, don't know what to suggest :(

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

Sorry, didn't answer the assembly part of your question.
If you baked the larger volume cake in two 6" pans, you could cut each in half and
*either use only 3 of the 4 resulting layers in assembling the cake
*or go for broke, use all 4 layers (and spread the crumbs, frosting & garnish among them)

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BerryBaby

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added 11 months ago

I have been reading about how changing up a boxed cake by adding an extra egg, milk instead of water and butter instead of oil will make it taste better. Did all three of them and, honestly, I don't notice a difference. Personally, I don't think an extra egg will do any harm.

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added 11 months ago

Thanks for the reply and just a quick report - I likely was okay on fats and moisture. I did just put extra 2 T regular flour (rest used cake flour) because I hoped it would be forgiving. I suppose I would have added a bit more plus other things. Now it made 6 pans so I have 2 small stack cakes to make. These 6 inch pans I have are really shallow, can't be split. The 'crumbs' recipe for this cake is fantastic. It was a bit salty, but worked with the full recipe. The whole cake is really sweet, too sweet for me to take more than a couple of bites. Other people liked it more than I did. It is sorta cute and homily at the same time.

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