Title page for ETD etd-081199-135127

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Archilla, Leslie Lumari
URN etd-081199-135127
Title Evaluation of a Maltodextrin Gel as a Partial Replacement for Fat in a High-Ratio White-Layer Cake Formulation
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Conforti, Frank D. Committee Chair
Johnson, Janet M. Committee Member
Sumner, Susan S. Committee Member
  • cakes
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • fat replacement
Date of Defense 1999-08-06
Availability unrestricted


Leslie L. Archilla


The performance of a maltodextrin gel as a replacement (25, 50, 75, and 100%) for shortening along with high-fructose corn syrup-90 (HFCS-90), adjusted for sweetness in each treatment, were evaluated in a high-ratio white-layer cake formulation. Two controls were used to compare to fat-replaced cakes: control A (100% fat with 100% sucrose) and control B (100% fat with 50% sucrose/50% HFCS-90), which closely matched the sugar system of the fat-replaced cakes. Objective tests indicated that treatments D (50%), E (75%), and F (100%) had significantly higher (P<0.05) batter specific gravity values compared to both controls. Batter specific gravity, however, only significantly decreased (P<0.05) the volume of treatment F. Crust and crumb L and b values, indicated that control B produced a dark crust (P<0.05) with a light crumb (P<0.05), while treatment E produced a light crust (P<0.05) and treatment F a darker crumb (P<0.05). Treatment F produced a firm cake (P<0.05) with significantly (P<0.05) high percent moisture. Overall, no significant differences (P<0.05) in water activity were found among treatments over time; in contrast, degree of staling significantly increased (P<0.05) over time for all treatments. Sensory results indicated that treatment F produced a significantly (P<0.05) moister, shorter, less adhesive and cohesive cake. Tenderness and sweetness scores indicated that treatments E and F were significantly (P<0.05) tougher and less sweet, respectively, when compared to the other treatments. Results from physical and sensory tests indicated that the combination of a maltodextrin gel and HFCS-90, up to 75% shortening replacement, resulted in satisfactory cakes.

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