My cakes always rise quite a bit in the middle so then I have to level quite a bit. I always make sure I spread the cake mixture so it is flat before baking and I am using high quality pans so it is not that.
Just wondering can I stop the cakes rising so much in the centre? I just can't imagine everyones does this!
Now - this is just me - but I've found that if I lower my baking temperataure by 25 degrees and increase the cooking time to off set the lower temp - my cakes bake much more even. There is still a rise in the middle but no where near what it used to be .
I suggust using the Bake Even strips on your cakes. They regulate the temperature of the batter and enables the cake to rise evenly without a hump forming in the center. They are very inexpensive and very easy to use!
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Lowering the oven temp. and using baking strips help somewhat. I read a tip on CC that taking a clean towel and pressing down lightly on the dome when the cake comes out of the oven is the best way to deal with the dome. I've used this method ever since and it works like a charm. Do not allow the cake to cool at all!