02 September 2010

Adjustments for sea-level cake recipes at 5,000 feet

Adjustments for sea-level cake recipes at 5,000 feet/1524 meters

  • Reduce baking powder, baking soda by 50 percent.
  • Reduce sugar by 2-1/2 tablespoons per cup.
  • For each cup of liquid, add another 3 tablespoons of liquid (or an egg)
  • Increase flour by 2 tablespoons
  • Increase baking temperature by 15° F (10° C).*
Source: The High Altitude Cookbook by Beverly Anderson Nemiro and Donna Miller Hamilton, 1969

* Other sources say a rule of thumb is to increase the temperature by up to 10 percent (so a recipe calling for baking at 350° F would be adjusted to about 385° F). Remember to check the oven a little earlier than the recipe specifies whenever you increase baking temperatures.

Here's the link to my slides for my IgniteBoulder presentation on this topic.

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