I have a friend who bought a small electric oven so I could teach her how to bake small cakes for herself and family.
Eventhough the oven says it can cook in pans up to 9 inches, we have not been able to get the cake to rise properly. In the last 10 min of the time in which the cake is supposed to be all done the cake starts to sink in the middle. We took the cake out of the oven immediately, just to check, and it was completely cooked but with a very low middle part (about 1 inch high).
I thought of placing a metal L in the center, you know, the ones used to make large cakes cook evenly or a can to make it like 2 smaller cakes one inside the other but, we have not gotten to that just yet.
Can someone give me any suggestions on how to make this work. She is getting to the point where she wants to throw the oven in the trash...I've been trying to stop her lately.
Sounds like you need a heating core or you can also use a flower nail. Here's a link that might help!
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
This is sort of what I was talking about but instead of a flower nail, it is L shaped...Thanks a lot, I think I'm on the right track here.
Also try this- if there is room in the oven
Take a small saucepan of boiling water and place it in the oven on the bottom rack. This will help with the rising of the cakes and also with the moistness of the cakes. Also see if you can find an accurate oven thermometer, maybe the oven is not heating up properly to the right temperature. If it's not you may have to play around with it until you find the right spot where the oven heats up to the correct baking temperature.
It may be that the oven doesn't keep the right temp at times but, when we bake cupcakes or even a 4 inch cake, we have no problems, it is only from 6-8 inch pans that the problem appears.
It could be that there is not enough airflow. Try the things that we suggested and let us know what happened.
I think this happens when the outer edges of the cake bake/rise faster than the middle. I agree with everyone else that a flower nail/heating core will solve the problem. You also might want to lower the oven temp just a bit when baking the larger cakes.
We actually tried it again last night and still at 300 degrees the cake edges rised but the middle sunk and this time the cake's outside was very pale as if it needed some more time in the oven even when it was very well cooked (no residue on the testing knife). My friend is getting very upset, she wants to burn the oven...
I'm sorry but I would be complaining to the store where I bought it and told them whats going on....refund or exchange would be the answer I would want. I dont think you should be having a problem with it this soon....
Gegon, It sounds to me like it mike be a thermostat problem which is the stores responsibility. Sounds like it's heating up then cooling down about the same time each time. I'd insist on an exchange/refund if it were me. She's messed around with it long enough.