Baking Soda Is A Must-Have For Tender Butter Cake

Slices of butter cake with coffee
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Whether you're baking for a birthday, a wedding, or just for fun, a light and fluffy butter cake should be on your list. Unlike denser pound cake, butter cake retains a characteristic lightness and tenderness that results from baking soda. This crucial add-in acts as a leavening agent and ultimately bears responsibility for the ultra-soft, ultra-fluffy slices of butter cake.

The reason baking soda works so well is that the buttermilk found in butter cake is an acid that reacts with the baking soda, ultimately resulting in a cake that's moister, and lighter. Whenever baking soda gets combined with buttermilk, it forms carbon dioxide gas, which lends rise to your butter cakes.

Given the scientific nature of baking with baking soda, you'll want to put your cake in the oven shortly after you add in your leavening agent. That way, you'll maintain the cake's rise -- and keep it tender long enough to enjoy.

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A Little Baking Soda Goes A Long Way In Creating A Reaction.

Teaspoon of baking soda
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The chemistry speaks for itself, though you may also want to let your cake do the talking. Add some baking soda to your next butter cake endeavor, and you'll understand this trick firsthand. For the utmost success, however, use the baking soda sparingly.

To ensure your butter cake is all the better, you don't need much baking soda to complete the job. About a half a teaspoon should be enough. Mix it with your other ingredients; in addition to baking soda, butter cake calls for, of course, butter, as well as other standard dry ingredients, plus eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk.

In recipes that call for both baking soda and baking powder, you tend to need less baking soda than you do the powder. Others rely entirely on baking powder, though you'll want to think twice before forgoing baking soda altogether. Remember that acidic reaction? Well, while both baking soda and powder similarly give rise to recipes, the former is ideal for whenever a recipe utilizes an acid.

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