Technical question - mystery - cake color
Ok I came across this recipe for a orange flavored olive oil cake a few months ago. I think I posted about it here. I have made it more than any cake recipe I have made in years. Or ever. It is a basic recipe using ingredients I usually have on hand. I am not a big cake eater but I have been baking for my mom’s household a lot.
So yesterday was my uh ‘stepdad’’s birthday. He wanted the same cake with lemon and poppy seed. I made cupcakes but I thought they looked funny. They didn’t rise is as high and looked super dark. I had overfilled the cups and had some overflow. So I made a cake. The same. And when I cut open a cupcake the whole cake is dark. Kind of like red velvet darkness but a somewhat different color.
My only differences from the recipe are I used double the amount of zest, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 3 tablespoons of poppyseeds. I always add the double zest and turmeric. And I usually get a moist fluffy yellow cake. I am somewhat perplexed. Do poppyseeds dye cakes? Not my experience as far as I can remember. I thought maybe the seeds didn’t let the cake rise quite as high but the texture and flavor are fine.
I try not to have too much cake in my house. I left most of it at mom’s and promised my neighbor some cupcakes. So I will take a photo when I eat my last one.