This would be my first effort to make a chiffon cake.I read in the recipe that the cake needs to be cooled over a neck of a bottle. What does this mean? sorry to ask but i can not make sense of it. Is it ok if i cool it by inverting over a cool rack?
You can. In essence they want you to cool it upside down so that way the cake doesnt 'fall' while its cooling. If you baked in a tube pan, that has a hole in the middle, you can invert it over a bottle or drinking glass.
If you baked your cake in a regular round or square pan, inverting over a bottle is going to create a mess. I invert over 2 baking racks side by side with a space in the middle. I barely put the round pan on the rack on one side, and then scoot the rack over so that its barely resting against the other side. That was my cake doesnt get pushed down like if it was resting just against the rack, upside down.
Make sense? If not let me know. Its really early in the morning here .