Do You Know What It Takes to Bake a Cake?

By: Annette

Do You Know What It Takes to Bake a Cake?
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About This Quiz

Baking and decorating a cake seems like kid's work, but it takes some serious skills! In this quiz, we'll challenge​ your knowledge of what it takes to bake a cake and other goodies, and we'll throw in a little cake-baking history for good measure!
What sort of eggs should you add to your cake batter?
Frozen
Hard boiled
Room temperature
Eggs should be room temperature when they're added to the batter. So get those eggs out of the fridge.
Quail eggs

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When is National Cake Day?
Every day!
Doesn't exist
Whenever Martha Stewart says so
November 26th
That's right. Eat up. And it's close to Thanksgiving, if not the same day!

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Which of these is NOT a good way to prep your cake pan?
Butter it
Spray it with Windex
Yah, seriously. Don't spray it with Windex. Just don't.
Oil it
Flour it

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What kind of butter should you use?
Unsalted
Unsalted is preferable to salted, but if you're strapped for time or resources, salted is OK. Just cut back or eliminate other added salt, if it's mentioned in your recipe.
Salted
Never use butter!
Old butter

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What is the purpose of frosting?
Keeps the cake from falling apart
Keeps the cake from decomposing
It adds flavor and keeps the cake fresh
Frosting actually has a purpose! But it also tastes darn good.
Keeps the cake from exploding

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Why is a bridal cake white?
To match her dress
A symbol for purity and virginity
Symbolizing purity and virginity, the bridal cake has traditionally been white since the Victorian Age.
A symbol for a blank canvas
Colored frosting used to be illegal

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What causes a cake to be too dry?
Used too much flour
A dry cake usually means that you used too much flour and not enough wet ingredients.
It was baked in hot weather
You used unclassified butter
You forgot to say a prayer to the cake gods

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What gives red velvet cake its color?
Beet juice
Food coloring
Red velvet cake is flavored with cocoa. The reddish color isn't naturally in the cake - it's added with red food coloring. The tradition started out as a gimmick to sell more little bottles of dye.
Cinnamon
Chocolate

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What motion should you use when frosting a cake with a spatula?
Push and pull method
The push and pull method keeps you from lifting the spatula. This is important to keep the cake from crumbling.
The splatter method
The massage technique
The hip-hop motion

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Who said, "Let them eat cake"?
Napoleon
Marie Antoinette
Okay, it was definitely not Hitler. Marie Antoinette instructed a rebellious nation to eat cake. Not bad advice. (Okay, most historians believe she didn't actually say those words, but the quote is still commonly attributed to her.)
Bob Dylan
Hitler

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What's the best product for thinning out frosting?
Vodka
Powdered sugar
Lard
Corn syrup
This is the best way to thin out frosting that is too thick. But maybe you should give vodka a try too. :)

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What kind of flour should you use for a flaky pie crust?
Cake flour
Buckwheat flour
Multi-grain flour
All-purpose flour
This is preferred for a flaky crust. The others are going to yield a grainier crust, and cake flour is too delicate.

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Who was the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake?
Mary, mother of Christ
Cleopatra
Joan of Arc
Queen Victoria
Ever since, it was known as "royal icing." Now, of course, it's quite popular.

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Before the 20th century, a bridal cake was known as what?
A bridal pie
In the 19th century, it was widely known as the bridal pie before it was the bridal cake.
A bridal tartlet
The fat maker
The bride's addiction

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What is the purpose of a cake comb?
To remove hair
To comb out the crumbs
To pierce the cake and create little holes
To add a decorative pattern
The cake comb adds decorative patterns. It's a utensil with little serrated edges.

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What is a shortened cake?
A really short cake
A cupcake
A cake with an overabundance of flour
A butter, conventional or creamed cake
A shortened cake is a traditional cake, with a lot of butter or oil. Yum! This cake will be moist, with a fine crumb.

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What do you use to leaven a pound cake?
Baking powder
Baking powder leavens a pound cake, giving it the expected fluffy texture. Careful bakers may omit the baking powder, relying on just the eggs for leavening, but this is a very tricky proposition.
Yeast
Cream of tartar
Prayer

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Oil cakes are _______?
Disgusting
Hard to make
Moist and dense
Cakes made with oil are moister and denser than other cakes. Carrot cake is an example of this.
Used for kosher baking

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When did Bundt cakes become popular?
The time of Marie Antoinette
When the pilgrims settled the New World
When Moses delivered the 10 Commandments
The 1960s
Bundt cakes became popular in 1966. It was at a Pillsbury baking contest that a Bundt cake won second prize!

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German chocolate cake comes from where?
Germany!
France
Mesopotamia
America
German chocolate cake actually comes from America! It was invented in Dallas, Texas, in the '50s. The baker used chocolate developed by Sam German - Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate.

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Why do you use cream of tartar in angel food cake?
Strengthens the egg white foam
Cream of tartar provides the acid to strengthen the egg whites. It also whitens the egg foam.
To preserve it
To give it magic powers
To give it an eggy smell

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Which of the following is NOT true about creaming fat for cakes?
It entraps the air
It makes the cake more salty
Creaming does not make a cake salty, but it does entrap air while you're mixing the fat and sugar.
It acts as a leavening agent
It mixes sugar and fat

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What's the best way to create egg foam?
Use only egg whites
To create fluffy egg foam, use only egg whites. This is popular with angel food cake and meringues.
Use only egg yolks
Blow on it with your breath
Wave a magic wand over it

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What is a "crumb coat"?
The dusting of crumbs you put on your cake
The jacket that you place over the crumbs
An actual coat sold by Chanel
The first thin layer of frosting
After your cake has cooled, apply a thin layer of frosting, called the crumb coat, to seal in the crumbs. Then apply a thicker outer layer, which will be crumbless!

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A tube pan is similar to what other pan?
Muffin pan
Cookie sheet
Dutch oven
Bundt pan
A Bundt pan is actually a fancier version of the tube pan. It's circular in shape, with a hole in the middle.

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In 17th-century England, women put fruitcake under their pillow to do what?​
Dream of their true love
Sweet dreams, and dreams of a future husband. I should give that a try! The tradition continues today with wedding cake.
Wake up with cake in their hair
Have a midnight snack
Ward off vampires

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The groom's cake was traditionally a fruitcake, and symbolized what?
Fruitiness
Future wealth
Fertility
The groom's fruitcake symbolized fertility. Today, few grooms would dare order a fruitcake for their wedding.
Absolutely nothing

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When did wedding cake toppers become popular?
600 B.C.
1990s
They never did
1950s
It makes sense that cake toppers became popular in the '50s. There's something very '50s about them.

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How should you arrange multiple pans in the oven?
Make sure they're touching
Keep them as far away as possible
Never bake more than one cake at a time
Simply make sure they're not touching
When pans touch they conduct more heat, and that's​ why you want to make sure that there's some space between them.

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With a liquid or custard filling, which kind of crust do you want on your pie?
Crusty
Mealy
A mealy crust is preferred for a liquid filling, because the whole thing would otherwise fall apart!
Stale
Gooey

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How long does it take for a cake to fully cool?
An hour and a half
It takes a cake at least an hour to an hour and a half to cool. Make sure it's completely cool before frosting.
15 minutes
Overnight
A week

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What is leavened dough?
Rotten
Fully beaten and kneaded
Risen
Leavening is the rising and maturing of dough. This is required before baking, particularly with bread.
Abandoned

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What's a simple trick for making a cake more fluffy?
Add 4 cups of butter
Add marshmallows
Add cotton candy
Add pudding mix
Instant pudding mix can help to make your cake fluffy and moist, plus it adds flavor. Give it a try!

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What can make a cake too dense?
Too much batter
Too many egg whites
Too little faith
Overly-glutinous flour
When your flour is too glutinous it causes the cake to rise and then fall, leaving it too dense. To avoid this, don't overmix your batter after adding the flour.

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When making buttercream, you should always do what?
Use room temperature ingredients
Using room temperature ingredients ensures that the buttercream will come out soft and light!
Use frozen butter
Use a hot spoon
Put butter all over your body

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