CNCS Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 9:58pm
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not this week!!!!

I have cakes to bake and just found out my new stove has the stupid racks in it that curve in the back about an inch and a half from the wall.

My last stove had flat racks and my 16x16 square pan fit in with no problem. Now all it will do is sit unlevel at a slant. This is not good.

I need solutions to make it rise up over the curve and sit level. My hubby said crumble up lots of foil and sit the pan on top of it.

I cant see doing that.

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Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:02pm
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Your hubby is right!! You may have too...Are all 3 racks slanted..Maybe you can remove the first one.Mine are slanted also but only the top so I remove it when I bake a larger cake.Foil is an option though...

MBHazel Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:04pm
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I don't know if this would work or not, but could you flip a 14 x 14 or 12x 12 over and sit your 16 x 16 on top? On the middle or lower rack?

CNCS Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:05pm
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Sigh.... all the racks have the curve.

I could cry I really miss my old stove.
I didnt even notice when we bought the new one that the racks had the curve in them.

Guess I need to pick up some heavy duty foil and suck it up. This really hurts.

CNCS Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:07pm
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On top of all this the door bumps it when I try to close it. So the pressure from the door pushing against the pan keep the door ajar a tiny bit.

leah_s Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:09pm
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Four 8" cakes butted together = one 16" cake.

sillywabbitz Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:12pm
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Can you turn the rack upside down? In my oven the racks can be flipped upside down which would fix the issue.

CNCS Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:12pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Four 8" cakes butted together = one 16" cake.




The mother of the bride wants one whole cake.
She bought the pan.

CNCS Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:14pm
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Can you turn the rack upside down? In my oven the racks can be flipped upside down which would fix the issue.




I tried that and it wont go past the rack channels on the sides.

Kiddiekakes Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:14pm

Can you maybe bake at a licensed kitchen for 2 hours...Sounds silly having to rent a kitchen but you may have too..

CWR41 Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:26pm

If the pan has those 1/2" flat lips all the way around, you just get a pair of pliers and bend the back lip up straight and also bend the front lip up so it doesn't touch the door. It's worth a try, but measure the oven first or you're bending them for nothing!

cs_confections Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:39pm
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Originally Posted by MBHazel

I don't know if this would work or not, but could you flip a 14 x 14 or 12x 12 over and sit your 16 x 16 on top? On the middle or lower rack?




I don't understand why this wouldn't work--unless the curve is more than 3+ inches high. I think by "middle or lower rack" she meant the position of the rack, so you don't have the cake too close to the top of the oven once it's stacked on top a smaller cake pan. You would then be able to push the cake back further, as the smaller pan it's sitting on would be what is actually close to the curve, while your 16" is ABOVE the curve. Hope that makes sense!

Kaytecake Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:43pm
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Originally Posted by CNCS

not this week!!!!

I have cakes to bake and just found out my new stove has the stupid racks in it that curve in the back about an inch and a half from the wall.

My last stove had flat racks and my 16x16 square pan fit in with no problem. Now all it will do is sit unlevel at a slant. This is not good.

I need solutions to make it rise up over the curve and sit level. My hubby said crumble up lots of foil and sit the pan on top of it.

I cant see doing that.




Do you have access to your old stove? Do the flat racks from your old stove fit your new one? Just a thought.

BlakesCakes Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 10:44pm
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Originally Posted by CNCS

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Originally Posted by leah_s

Four 8" cakes butted together = one 16" cake.



The mother of the bride wants one whole cake.
She bought the pan.




I'd give her back the pan-and do like Leah says, bake 4 8" cakes and butt them together. Once iced, only the baker will know how it was done..............

Better to have a properly baked, level 16" cake than to have issues with baking, and possibly have to re-bake (more than once).

I personally hate baking and handling cakes over 14", anyway. Even as the base for a stacked cake, with properly inserted supports, this method can work.

JMHO
Rae

BethHansen Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 11:07pm

A few days after we moved into our house, we discovered (when I had 3 pans of breadsticks just about ready to go into the oven) that the racks were missing from our oven! We improvised by emptying 4 large cans of spaghetti sauce into containers and removing the labels. We then rinsed the cans and placed them on the bottom of the oven, preheated the oven and then carefully placed the pans, one at a time, on the tops of the cans. It worked great - kind of smelled funny for a few minutes, but the smell went away once the cans were hot and the breadsticks baked up beautifully! Maybe you could do something similar using 4 or 5 smaller cans set on your rack - tuna cans would probably be high enough to lift your pan above the curve of the rack. Just make sure you wash them well or your cake might absorb a tuna smell/taste!!

Occther Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 11:09pm

How long have you owned your new stove? If you haven't used it much, I would contact the dealer and see if you can exchange it for one that will hold your cake pans. Many years ago, a salesman talked me into a Magic Chef electric stove. I hated it. I was able to get the dealer to take it back and ended up purchasing a GE (of course, the GE cost more.) This won't help you for this week's cakes but you will be happier in the future.

By the way, thanks for the post. I will probably be shopping for a new stove in the next year because I am remodeling my kitchen. Nothing wrong with the current one - just the color (almond) and I want black. I will take a cake pan with me to see how it fits!!

pattycakesnj Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 11:09pm

Leah and blakescakes are correct, 4 8 inch cakes put together in a square will make a 16 inch cake and no one will know

Sassy74 Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 11:20pm

I had the exact same problem with a 16" pan last year. I freaked out at first, too! LOL!!

I ended up taking all the racks out of my oven and using the rack for my large round Pampered Chef stone turned upside down to set the pan on. It worked like a champ! Just take those racks out and use something else heat-proof that will keep the pan from sitting on the oven floor. Even a couple of bricks would do. Just wrap them in foil first.

Hth!

Rachie204 Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 12:03am

could you go to a family members house long enough to bake the 16inch cakes you need

mbark Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 12:22am

look how awesome everyone's suggestions are, you are all so thoughtful! hopefully one of these methods works for the OP

CNCS Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 1:49am

Thanks for the suggestions!!!

Im gonna try to do the pan under method first.

Wish me luck.

MBHazel Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 2:00am

Oh, one more thing.... whatever you do, make sure your pan is level.

gleep Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 2:04am

You can also put a cooling rack on the oven rack. That's what I do and it works great.

Kitagrl Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 2:16am

Its possible you could look online for a parts dealer and maybe find some flat racks to fit your new oven? I ordered a third rack for my oven. (Its an extra large capacity one and easily fits three.)

tesso Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 3:29am

how about a pizza stone or bricks? take out the other racks, put you some bricks down on the rack to hold the cake up and no more slanting to worry about.

egensinnig Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 7:26am

I use a muffin/cupcake tin and place the pan on top of that so it rises above the edge of the rack

CNCS Posted 8 Jun 2010 , 3:52pm

I used a smaller pan under, lowered the rack one notch. Im baking the 2nd one now and all is well.

I sure wish I had noticed the racks when buying this oven.

The channels on the sides where the racks go have a deep dip in them then as the rack slides in it straightens out. I'll try to post pics when I finish my baking so someone else will know what not to buy and have a good idea of what to avoid.

CC22504 Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 4:55am

I have the same type of oven and I switch the racks around so that the curved part of the rack is in the front..near the door and the straight part is towards the back and that seems to work

Bluehue Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 5:16am
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Originally Posted by gleep

You can also put a cooling rack on the oven rack. That's what I do and it works great.




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Take the racks out of oven - stand 4 cans on bottom of oven and place large cooling rack on top of cans.
Sit your cake pan on top of that - will work a treat - and the door will close properly for you.

Bluehue.

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 9 Jun 2010 , 5:29am

Why would the mother-of-the-bride care if it was one 16" or four 8" cakes pushed together?? As long as it LOOKS like a 16" cake once the frosting is put on, why would it matter?? Oh well...Sounds like you found a solution, so I guess it doesn't matter. icon_lol.gif

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