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Name: Ethan S.
Status: student
Age: 9
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Date: 1999-2001


Question:
What do these ingrediants do from the chemical standpoint in making a cake? Cake Flour, Canola Oil, Sugar, Egg, Cocoa, Salt, Vanilla, Buttermilk, Baking Soda, Vineagar Thanx a bunch!


Replies:
Ethan,

The flour is the matrix (support structure) of the cake. The oil is a lubricant to improve the mouth feel of the cake. It keeps it from feeling dry and it makes it stay fresh longer. Sugar, of course, is for sweetness. Egg is an emulsifier that keeps the ingredients mixed before baking and it serves as a binder to hold things together. Cocoa is for flavoring, likewise for salt., and vanilla.

The baking soda and vinegar reacts to form bubbles of carbon dioxide that makes all the neat little holes in the finished product.

Regards,
ProfHoff



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