Once upon a time I made a cake for my dad--one of my very first cooking creations. My parents went out to dinner and while they were gone I made him a cake. When they got home, I surprised my Dad with the birthday cake! He took one bite, then started to scrape the frosting off. He then proceeded to stretch the cake out and play with it. I had created a bouncy, chewy rubber cake.
What Makes a Cake Rubbery and Chewy?
I did a lot of research online about this and found that a cake becomes rubbery and chewy due to several reasons:
- Overmixing of flour activating the gluten
- Incorrectly creaming the butter and sugar
- Use of too much oil
- Overcooking the cake
- Overbeating your batter
- Distraction--I added this one. It's the #1 reason food doesn't turn out in our house
These are some of the most major reasons for a cake that is too dense and rubbery. Mug cakes that are rubbery are also pretty common and largely depends on the ingredients and cooking time. Cakes in general take some education and time to learn to perfect. Don't feel bad. I've been doing this thirty years and now create quite the collection of gluten free rubbery cakes.
How to Make a Rubbery Cake
First off, I had to go back to a place of inner ten year old. What would I have done back then? Luckily for me I got one of my nails ripped off during the making of this cake and had to go find nail clippers. So the batter got mixed for a very, very, very long time. I also used melted butter and overbeat the butter, sugar and egg.
Fingers crossed this works!
Bouncy Chewy Rubber Cake Recipe
- ½-3/4 cup melted butter or oil or milk can substitute apple sauce for the OG version
- ½ cup brown sugar or sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 cup self rising flour or cake flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch pan and set aside.
- In a mixer, blend the egg, sugar and oil or butter together until blended. About a minute or two.
- Add the flour and vanilla, stirring until blended well. Cake mix instructions usually say 2-3 minutes...I say 7...8?
- Pour the mix into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned. Remove and allow to cool completely.
- Eat plain or frost the cake.