After reading Rizzygirl's post on using flower nails to reduce 'the dome' (thank you rizzygirl) I started playing with reducing my domes. Nails didn't seem to work for me and I'm told they rust. When I was working with Debbie Brown she mentioned her technique and it's amazing!
Once you've filled your cake pan, you put a cookie tray (or large cake pan) over the top of your cake pan and cook like that. I was skeptical but now I never cook a cake any other way!
I cannot tell you how much levelling and scraps this techniques has saved me, it's a completely amazing! Try it!
In the first stage of baking the batter will rise and hit the pan then spread out to the edges of your cake tin. I then remove the top pan after 30 minutes and allow the cake to finish cooking normally. There'll be a funny gooey ridge at this stage but it cooks through fine, and is levelled off later so don't worry.
Don't forget to oil spray the bottom of the top pan (I use a sheet of oiled parchment paper) beforehand or you'll be scraping cake off the wrong pan!
Bake the cake, take out of oven, then put wax paper over cake and press down with mayb a potholder smooth, no dome....
that sounds interesting..... will have to try it...
No, fill pan, put wax paper and second pand on top THEN bake. Sorry, I must'vebeen really tired when I wrote it and it doesn't make sense!
Wouldnt it be easier to use Bake strips? I use them and dont get a dome, Im asking as Im always open to new ideas....
I will have to try this!! Mine don't dome too bad now, but anything to help even the little bit
after reading about them on this site i bought some bake strips and they have worked every time so far - no dome