Neat Trick!

Decorating By lilscakes Updated 20 Sep 2009 , 11:42pm by aundrea

lilscakes Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 7:26pm
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Not sure about anyone else out in cake land, but I always "sweat" about whether or not my cakes are well cooked to the center. I've never had one that wasn't and I always bake with the nail in the center etc... Today, I had to decorate a very moist carrot cake that I wanted to make sure of, so I took my apple corer out and pulled a "plug" from the center of the cake. Satisfied myself it was ok, replaced the plug, iced the cake and no one will ever know....Thought I'd share that little tip in case others have teh same fears icon_biggrin.gif

19 replies
dnrlee Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 7:27pm
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That's a great idea!

CakeDiane Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 7:27pm
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What a cool idea! I always worry about the middle being too "rare" as well--i'm gonna try it! thanks!

xstitcher Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 9:34pm
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That is a really good idea. Thanks for sharing!

lillermom Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 9:45pm
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Great idea! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

mommicakes Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 10:01pm
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That is such a good idea. Who woulda known to use that for that. Thanks for sharing. icon_biggrin.gif

Rylan Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 10:13pm
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Thanks for the tip! What a good one!

mjk350 Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 12:15am
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I have to try this, thanks for sharing. thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif

Limpy Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 12:15pm
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The best way to check if a cake is done is to insert a thermometer in the centre & if it reads 195 degrees F,it is fully cooked. Learned this from a culinary instructor.

Caike Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 12:23pm
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That's actually a fantastic idea - I tend to worry about the same thing. I've screwed up in the past too wanting to be really sure and the overcooking which is the worst. I'm going to use this idea - thanks so much!

Caike Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 12:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Limpy

The best way to check if a cake is done is to insert a thermometer in the centre & if it reads 195 degrees F,it is fully cooked. Learned this from a culinary instructor.




Perhaps a stupid question - but would a candy thermometer work? Is that what you mean?

Limpy Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 7:47pm
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Candy or meat thermometer. Doesn't matter, as long as the temp reached in centre of cake is 195 degrees farenheit. Push the thermometer in at an angle when reading the temp.

meenu Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 7:57pm
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Thanks for sharing.

kaseyrconnect Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 8:36pm
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That is such a great idea-I have used a paring knife and cut a little tiny circle about an inch or so deep to check because I couldn't think of a better way to check. Who would have thought an apple corer ? Well, I guess you did. Thanks for the tip. Now, I have to buy myself an apple corer.

tinygoose Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 8:52pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Limpy

The best way to check if a cake is done is to insert a thermometer in the centre & if it reads 195 degrees F,it is fully cooked. Learned this from a culinary instructor.




Love it thanks!

xstitcher Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 9:42pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Limpy

The best way to check if a cake is done is to insert a thermometer in the centre & if it reads 195 degrees F,it is fully cooked. Learned this from a culinary instructor.




Another awesome tip. Thanks Limpy. I was wondering if different cakes are considered cooked at different temps though (ie chocolate vs white vs pound etc). I'm assuming 195 is a good rule of thumb to go by either way.

http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Cake-to-See-if-it-is-Done

cakefanatic Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 10:04pm
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Thank you, I had to print it out for my records.

Jen80 Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 10:18pm
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Thanks Lilscakes! Great idea! thumbs_up.gif

Kims_cakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 10:35pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Limpy

The best way to check if a cake is done is to insert a thermometer in the centre & if it reads 195 degrees F,it is fully cooked. Learned this from a culinary instructor.




I've thought about doing this, but wasn't sure about the proper temp. Thanks for sharing the great advice!

aundrea Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 11:42pm
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Very cool idea. Both of them. I find myself always re-checking the center of my cakes. The only cake I really have this problem with is WASC hopefeully this will help!

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