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      Hello Lin and others.  I love your videos.  This week, I was attempting to reverse engineer a basic cake mix – I have always been fascinated by cake mixes as they seem quite ‘idiot proof’ and the cake results are good.  I’d like to have flexibility to use alternative sugars, etc in my own mix.  I used Duncan Hines yellow cake as my starting point.

      It was quite easy to come up with a basic recipe from the label. In my pantry I had some xanthan gum, I did not have any CMC but ordered and did not have any propylene glycol ester of fatty acids.

      When I made the recipe without any CMC I found the moisture content WAY too high and the cake failed. Does this make sense?

      What would the suggested percentages of the missing ingredients be, and how does that impact the % water needed in the batter?
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"% of total weight"}”>% of total weight</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Dry MIx:"}”>Dry MIx:</td>
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      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Flour"}”>Flour</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":191}”>191</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.21614485099962277}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>21.6%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Sugar"}”>Sugar</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":191}”>191</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.21614485099962277}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>21.6%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"OIl"}”>OIl</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":40}”>40</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.04526593738211995}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>4.5%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Baking powder"}”>Baking powder</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":1.875}” data-sheets-formula=”=1.5*1.25″>1.875</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"tsp"}”>tsp</td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Salt"}”>Salt</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":1.5915789473684212}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0.00","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[-32]C[0]/5.7″>1.59</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"tsp"}”>tsp</td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Wheat starch"}”>Wheat starch</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"?"}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0.000","3":1}”>?</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"CMC"}”>CMC</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"?"}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0.000","3":1}”>?</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Xanthan gum"}”>Xanthan gum</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.33425}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0.000","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=((0.001+0.0025)/2)*R[-7]C[0]”>0.334</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Dextrose"}”>Dextrose</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"?"}”>?</td>
      <td></td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Flavor & Color"}”>Flavor & Color</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"?"}”>?</td>
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      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Propylene Glycol Ester of Fatty Acids"}”>Propylene Glycol Ester of Fatty Acids</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"?"}”>?</td>
      <td></td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td></td>
      <td></td>
      <td></td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td></td>
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      <td></td>
      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Beat Dry Mix for 2 Minutes with:"}”>Beat Dry Mix for 2 Minutes with:</td>
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      <td data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}”></td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Egg"}”>Egg</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":150}”>150</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.1697472651829498}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>17.0%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Oil"}”>Oil</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":74.66666666666667}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=224/3″>75</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.08449641644662391}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>8.4%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Water"}”>Water</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":237}”>237</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":0.2682006789890607}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":3,"2":"0.0%","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[0]C[-2]/R68C[-2]”>26.8%</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Dry mix weight"}”>Dry mix weight</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":422}” data-sheets-formula=”=(R[-18]C[0]+R[-17]C[0]+R[-16]C[0])”>422</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
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      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"Total wet weight"}”>Total wet weight</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":3,"3":883.6666666666667}” data-sheets-numberformat=”{"1":2,"2":"0","3":1}” data-sheets-formula=”=R[-3]C[0]+R[-4]C[0]+R[-5]C[0]+R[-17]C[0]+R[-18]C[0]+R[-19]C[0]”>884</td>
      <td data-sheets-value=”{"1":2,"2":"g"}”>g</td>
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