HElp!!!! I am baking my cake for tomorrow and the middle isnt baking but the top already is brown! I am making the wilton guitar pan and I put it on the middle rack and preheated it! It isnt baking right! AHHHH!! I am using DH yellow cake mix!!!
Do you have a flower nail in the middle? Have you actually checked the heat with a oven thermometer or are you just going by what you set the oven at? If so try lowering the temp on your oven.
I have now lowered the oven temp to 325 so we will see how that goes...I dont know what a flower nail is
Here's a picture of a flower nail (which is being used in place of a heating core):
(Grease and use with flat side down in pan.)
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It is very possible your oven is overheating. Do you have a thermometer in it? Definately you need to bake at a lower temp with those shaped pans as they are made of a thinner metal so bake quicker.
Another option is to place the pan in another pan of water to bake. The water filled pan will slow down the baking on the bottom & sides of the cake. Bake even strips only help the sides. Since this is a pan problem you need to cool the bottom also.
Definatly lower the temp. The lower temp will help the center of the cake bake while not affecting the outside much more. It will take a while for the cake to bake. The wilton shaped pans are usually pretty deep and the baking temperature may need to be adjsuted. If you do not want the top any browner, cover with foil. Check on it after a while, i'm sure you'll see the cake will start to bake. Good luck.