I want to try using a rose nail as a heating core in a 10" round, but I'm unsure as to whether the nail should be put in the pan BEFORE you add the cake mix or inserted on top AFTER the cake mix is in the pan?
I usually use the bottom of the cake (in the pan) as the top of the cake when decorating. Not that that really matters, just thought I'd throw it in.
I do it first. I use parchment to line my pans. Put the nail in the pan, lay the parchment on top and poke a hole through, then pour batter. I use the bottom of the cake as the top also - icing will cover the small hole the nail makes.
Since I don't use parchment, will the nail get lost in the cake mix?
When you pour the batter, be sure to keep the nail centered (vertically - flat side down) in the pan. (Just slide it over to where it needs to be.
The nail/s can't be "lost" - unless it goes in horizontally.......
I have forgotten to put in the flower nail until the batter was already in the pan. I just pushed the flower nail down in the center and it was fine, so I guess you can put in before or after the batter.