I'm not sure why, but it's happen pretty often. I use the flower nail and the even strip every time I bake my cake. I use the skewer to make sure the cake is done before I take it out from the oven. It's not a big deal since I can cut the uncooked piece and replace it with the extra cake after I torte it, but it's kinda annoying. I've just wondering if this happen to you guys too. Thank you.
Hmm. I have used flower nails before, and that has never happened to me. I don't use them anymore, though. I heard from someone on this site that you can turn your oven down to 300 degrees, and it totally works! I just did a 15 X 18 cake, and it came out almost completely level, no strips or nails or anything. And it was cooked all the way through. I think it took about and hour and 15 minutes. HTH.
I bake all my cake at 300 degrees all the time, I find this way so much better result than if I use 325 or 350 degrees. Maybe I just need to stop using the flower nail. Thank you CakeMommy3.