I baked a cake with the Wilton soccer ball pan this weekend. It baked so unevely and I was afraid of it burning on the outside while it was still pure batter in the middle. As an afterthought, I realized I could have used a flower nail as a conductor. Is that really big enough? How do you bake evenly using the ball pan? Help....
The flower nail is big enough. You just need to make sure to spray it generously with Pam first before putting it into your batter.
So I fill my pans with batter, make sure they're resting evenly on the 'metal feet' so that I don't end up with a lopsided cake, then put the flower nail in with the flat side going in first and the nail sticking up.
Good luck for your next try!
I bake at 325, it takes like an hour for the cakes in that pan, and I fill it almost 3/4 way.
After a few failed attempts and some help from fellow members, this is what worked for me. (I can't stand that pan, btw)
Two flowers nails, filling only half-way with batter, homemade bake-even strips to combat the crispy edge problem, and placing a pan of water on the rack below in the oven.