Dear Lynne,

My fruit sinks to the bottom whenever I add it to cake batter. It never looks like the picture. I must be missing something in the recipe. What am I doing wrong?

-Lyle in Pittsburgh

Dear Lyle,

You didn't miss anything, your recipe did. It should have told you to toss the fruit with a little of the recipe's flour before adding it to the batter. That stops any sinking.  

As far as looking like the picture, after many disappointments, I have a jaded point of view -- the picture is the lure, but not always the promise.


Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.