What Do You Use As A Heat Core,

Decorating By oliversmum172 Updated 25 Jan 2009 , 4:25am by oliversmum172

oliversmum172 Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 10:59am
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hi, when you cook larger cakes , how and what do you use as a heating core? l am thinking l may need to do this but dont know how? thanks again, helen

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bashini Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 11:18am
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Hi, I use flower nails for all the cakes I make. Sometimes I use wet towel strips ( instead of bake even strips) around the cake too. icon_smile.gif

solascakes Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 11:51am
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Same here, i use flower nails,2 or 3 for bigger cakes and i always use a wet towel even for small 9 inch cakes.Never had a problem

4kids Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 12:40pm
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I love the bake even strips, but have also had just as good of results with flower nails.

Donnagardner Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 12:55pm
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Flower nails for me too

Eisskween Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 12:58pm
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Make that one more for Flower Nails.

Susie53 Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 1:14pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 4kids

I love the bake even strips, but have also had just as good of results with flower nails.




I use these too, but I have used a regular heating core.

dessert1st Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 1:32pm
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I have used strips of wet towels, a heating core and also flower nails.... and the flower nails seem to be the quickest & easiest. I just coat them well with my homemade cake release & they pop right out, leaving a very small mark.

dmich Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 1:37pm
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Here's my vote for flower nails.

Kay_NL Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 1:41pm
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How, exactly, do you use the wet towels? I just use flower nails right now but am curious about these wet towels, or bake even strips! Do bake even strips fit around a 16 inch square pan?

Thanks! icon_smile.gif

dessert1st Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 2:09pm
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I cut strips of a bath sized towl about 4 inches wide. I folded them in half to be the height of a 2" pan, then soaked them in water, just wring out lightly so the don't drip. Secured them around the outside of the pan using new diaper pins. It was a challenge to get them secure enough that I didn't have to worry about them sliding down onto the oven rack. I was afraid they'd catch fire with as long as you have to bake a large cake!

But I read a tip here not long ago that those metal Binder Clips (for large amounts of paper) work well to secure the towel strips.
Haven't tried it though since using flower nails.

TOMAY Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 2:18pm
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Three flower nails and bake even strips , I have a cake decorating book that states you can use wet newspaper to .

JodieF Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 2:18am
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I've only ever used flower nails....cheap and easy!

Jodie

sugarshack Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 7:14pm
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I am always in the minority but i LOVE my heating cores:

http://sugaredblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-love-it-to-core.html

-K8memphis Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 7:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sugarshack

I am always in the minority but i LOVE my heating cores:

http://sugaredblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-love-it-to-core.html




So I was always worried about the little cake that bakes in the tube--that it would be crispy toast. But it wasn't. It had a darker crust but the inside was muy moist-not over baked. So just trim the crust and away you go.

Cool!

[highfive]

SugarBakerz Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 7:35pm
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i use my large deco tips... i mean the huge ones.. just spray them and voila!

liapsim Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 7:42pm
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I use the flower nails too....I tried the heating core but actually hated it. I don't know what I did wrong but it didn't work for me...good luck!

kakeladi Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 7:56pm
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I've been baking for almost 30 yrs and almost never use anything!
I've bakes 16" rounds & 16" sqs w/o any.......and most of the time I don't use bake-even strips either.

eldag0615 Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 8:22pm
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I always use baking strips, but I have read so much about the flower nails that I decided to give it a try, I used 2 nails. Here are the pics. of my first attempt. Hope it helps.
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oliversmum172 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 1:19am
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oh, gee, thanks to you all, l have never heard of flower nails, but lm only a learner....
l wonder if thats what they are called in australia?
do you think a 10 inch cake would need it..
you are all so clever

xstitcher Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 6:15am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by oliversmum172

oh, gee, thanks to you all, l have never heard of flower nails, but lm only a learner....
l wonder if thats what they are called in australia?
do you think a 10 inch cake would need it..
you are all so clever





Hi Oliversmum!

Welcome to CC!

Here a link with a pic of a flower nail (you use it "normally" to make roses and such).

http://www.wineandcake.com/browse.cfm/4,5331.html

Hope that helps! icon_smile.gif

puncess Posted 25 Jan 2009 , 2:54am
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I also use flower nails but I have also used an empty tomato paste can with both the top and bottom cut off for the larger cake pans. Since it is higher than the flower nail, it will do the trick of directing the heat to the center of the cake. I grease the can inside and out then I pour my batter in the pan and then place the can right in the middle of the batter. I use the baking strips too.

oliversmum172 Posted 25 Jan 2009 , 4:25am
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oh, thats what they look like....thank you
xstitcher, thanks for the welcome!

l really love this forum

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