When I apply Bake even strips to my pans I do the following:
1. I fill my sink up with cold water and let them soak for about 20 minutes.
2. Take them out still dripping wet.
3. I apply the strips to the cake pans still dripping wet AFTER I already poured the batter in the pans.
Should my strips be "damp" or should they be dripping wet? Do you think this can be a reason why my cake sides are staying so wet?? I notice that my cake sides are never a golden color (using Yellow cake mix), they are always the same color as the cake batter......
what temp are you baking at?
When you take the strips out of the water use your index finger and thumb and run them down the length of the strip to remove the excess water from it.
Then you will connect it together on your pan as close to the top of it as you can get it. The idea is to keep the sides of the pan cool so they do not cook much faster that the center has to rise in the center so much. Hope this helps you.
The strips should be damp but not soaking wet....Check the temp of your oven it may not be the right temp inside even though it says 350 or whatever...
I bake at 350 degrees....
yeah, the strips are supposed to be damp, so i wring them out like i do my washcloths til no water is dripping out. then, i pick up my empty, no greased pans and put them around them and secure with a bobby pin (they stay put perfectly!). i make sure no water got in my pan...then i grease with homemade cake realease and pour the batter in. voila! perfect cakes every time!
it sounds to me like the strips are definitely too wet and because you're applying after the batter has gone in, you may be dripping some of the water into the batter? just a thought!
I think you are all correct. I am going to adjust how much water stays in the strips next time. To think of it, I thought it was odd that my strips would still be damp when removed from the oven.............?????
Hopefully this will help me out....