How To Fold Cake Batter

11/04/2011 10:41 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

For 60 years, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. In this video series, experienced chefs and educators show you how to tackle essential cooking techniques.

Watch this video to learn how to properly fold cake batter to yield an evenly baked, golden brown cake.

Video Transcript

I'm Chef Rossomando from the Culinary Institute of America, and I"m going to show you this kitchen basic: folding cake batter.

Folding cake batter requires basically a rubber spatula and a sifter. The sifter is to be used for sifting in your dry ingredients. You fold your ingredients so that you are properly incorporating your dry ingredients without deflating your batter. Deflating your batter would result in a very low cake, and it would make your cake much more tough in the final product.

I'm just folding, and now I'm doing this twelve o'clock, six o'clock motion, starting at the top of the bowl and folding over, making sure that I'm rotating the bowl at the same time. By doing that motion, you're getting full incorporation of your flour and you are making sure that all areas of the bowl are included. I also don't fold in my flour all at once; I make sure that by folding in the flour in additions, I get a really even distribution of the flour. This should take roughly about two to three minutes. You want to incorporate your flour quickly, efficiently, without overmixing.

This is an example of a good cake. You can see beautiful golden-brown crust, evenly baked all around. It has beautiful height to it, and it comes slightly in on the inside so you know that it's baked fully and completely. It has beautiful springback to the touch and it doesn't exceed or spill over the sides. This other cake, as you can see, has all the wrong telltale signs of a baked cake: underbaked, not properly folded. It has some sugar shown on the top, where you can see that the sugar hasn't been incorporated properly. So this is a good example of two cakes: one that you want to get all the time... and one that can be thrown in the garbage.

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