I am practicing and testing and am on my third cake and ready to cry...
I just cannot get a decent cake, baked all the way through with a good crumb.
At this point I think I need to try a new recipe.
I've been using the chocolate cake from Santa Monica's Vanilla Bake Shop.
If it's done on the edges, it's raw in the middle. I just made it with a frosting pin in the middle. Oven set at 350, cake over rose and then sank (guess that happened cause it wasn't cooked all the way through) although I baked it for 45 minutes. It was starting to burn on the edges.
Can someone help?
Have you tried using a heating core? This will help cook the middle and sides evenly. The easiest thing to do is to use a flower nail. After you spray your pans, place a flower nail in the middle of the pan and spray as well. Pour your batter into the pan and bake normally. The flower nail will help to distribute the heat to the middle. After the cake is cooled, just flip the cake over and remove the nail. HTH!
I bake a 10" square at about 335 vs. the 350. It allows for more even baking. As well, you might want to put a flower nail in the center which is an old trick for larger circumference cakes.
Sorry you are having a bad baking day.
I just noticed you said you used the frosting pin which I am assuming is the same as a flower nail. I think you baked too high too fast. At 335 it takes about 60-65 minutes --slower more consistent baking.
I agree that you should try baking at a lower temperature. I usually bake at 325'.
I just send hubby off to the store. I am out of flour, sugar and baking soda after all this.
Would you try the same recipe again or go with something different
I will bake lower, slower and I did use the flower nail (by another name LOL)
Too much batter in the pan could also be the culprit to a cake rising too much and then sinking in the middle.
A 10" sq 2" deep pan only requires 6 cups of batter per the Wilton chart.
Hopefully the link above will help you a bit.
If you are having problems with other recipes baking evenly, I would also suggest checking the temperature of your oven.
Good luck with your next try!
I would suggest 325 w/ the flower nail & I also use the bake even strips. If you don't have them, there are people who cut up strips of towels, soak them & wrap in aluminum foil, wrap around the pan & pin into place.
If you're wanting to try another recipe & doesn't have to be from scratch I would suggest trying WASC. It starts w/ a mix, but it does have more of a scratch texture. Good luck!
325 degrees, bake even strips or wet towel, flower nail. This works perfectly for me. Pans about 2/3 full.
Thanks for all the help
I have ANOTHER cake in the oven. This time I changed the recipe and am using the one that won the vote on the chocolate scratch thread - Chocolate Fudge Cake Epicurious | August 2004 Toba Garrett
I have it at 325, baking strips and flower nail
It better work although as I was making it I was wondering at the technique - no creaming the butter and sugar first. Hmmmm?
I'll let you know how it comes out
Good luck, keep us posted!
I think you'll like that cake. The first time I made it I was a little worried about the mixing method too, but it came out great and continues to be one of my "go to" chocolate recipes.
Good luck with it!
I also love Hershey's Chocolate cake. If I'm doing scratch it's my go to & to make it "dark" I use the dark cocoa & coffee for the liquid. I have made Toba's & it's lovely as well.