New To Cake Central..... Hello & Help!!!

Decorating By Ada119 Updated 6 May 2008 , 1:01pm by BigTexinWV

Ada119 Posted 4 May 2008 , 7:53pm
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Hi,

I'm starting to learn the art of cake decorating and so far.... I LOVE IT!
Being able to loose myself in making a flower or getting that smooth look on a cake is awesome.

I'll be decorating my first official cake for mother's day and I just purchased a 12" deep round baking pan. I'm hoping someone cake help me out. I'm scared about baking a cake in such a large pan.... do i have to change the recipe? bake it longer? what?????? HELP!!!! icon_sad.gif

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cocorum21 Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:17pm
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Welcome to Cake Central!

I use a flower nail in cakes 10" or larger. You put the flower nail in the pan (flat side down obviously) and pour your batter around it. Make sure you grease the nail. Also bake even strips are nice to use.

I'm sure someone else will chime in to give you some hints.

psanders76 Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:28pm
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I use the Wilton Heating Core its cost is about $6 and can be found at most craft or cake supply stores. The flower nail works well also. Good luck, and WELCOME to CC.


http://www.wilton.com/yearbook/productinfo/heatingcore.cfm

Texas_Rose Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:31pm
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Bigger cakes do have to bake longer. Using a flower nail or two in the pan will help the middle get done, like cocorum suggested icon_smile.gif

Here's a link to wilton's chart for amount of batter and baking times http://www.wilton.com/wedding/cakeinfo/cakedata.cfm

chutzpah Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:34pm
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12" deep is a REALLY big cake pan icon_wink.gif

fiddlesticks Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:44pm
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chutzpah ... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Ada119 .. Welcome ! Just have fun dont stress out! Im sure you will do a wonderful job ! icon_wink.gif

leah_s Posted 4 May 2008 , 8:45pm
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And just to prove you'll get answers all over the place, I've been baking for 40+ years and have never used a heating core nor a flower nail in any size cake pan and the middles bake up fine. It does help a lot, though, to bake at a much lower temp. For really big pans I go down to 300.

JenniferMI Posted 5 May 2008 , 12:05am
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I never use a heating core either, even for 18" pans.

Jen icon_smile.gif

JenniferMI Posted 5 May 2008 , 12:05am
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I bake at 325 in my regular oven and 300 in my Deluxe.

Jen icon_smile.gif

Ada119 Posted 5 May 2008 , 12:51am
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Thank you sooooo much for all the wonderful suggestions.
I never thought of using flower nails.... wow
You're all awesome! icon_biggrin.gif

tracey1970 Posted 5 May 2008 , 12:54am
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In a 12" pan, I would probably use two flower nails and the bake even strips around the outside of the pan. I bake between 300 and 325. Good luck!

aliciababcock Posted 5 May 2008 , 1:15am
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Just wanted to say welcome to CC! I bake any cakes over 10" at 325 and use a flower nail.

BigTexinWV Posted 6 May 2008 , 1:01pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cocorum21

Welcome to Cake Central!

I use a flower nail in cakes 10" or larger. You put the flower nail in the pan (flat side down obviously) and pour your batter around it. Make sure you grease the nail. Also bake even strips are nice to use.

I'm sure someone else will chime in to give you some hints.




Uhm....when I made my first cake I put the flower nail flat side up icon_redface.gif I had to dig it out of the cake icon_sad.gif It was such a mess that I just made cake balls. I haven't made that mistake again. icon_lol.gif

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