I was just wondering what temperature everyone was baking their cakes at in a regular oven at home. I've been doing 325 but I recetly did a half sheet and an 8 inch square and the edges overbake before the middle is done.
I have gotten conflicting advice on this. I've read that some people will bake at lower temp as to not overbake. Yet, when I do that my cakes are always sunk. I started doing my cakes at 350, and they are turning out much better. I am also using a flower nail to make sure of even baking.
Try using an inverted flower nail. For an 8" square...I'd use 1 and for a half a sheet pan I'd use 3 or 4. Cut parchment to fit the pan, spray nail(s) with nonstick cooking spray or paint with cake release, then poke the inverted nail through the underside of the parchment and rest the head on the bottom of the prepared pan. Fill with batter and bake as usual. This will help the middle cook at the same speed as the edges.
I usually bake anything under 10" at 350, and 12" and larger at 325, I also use a heating core or flower nail in the center of the pan with 10" or larger pans, but don't forget to spray with nonstick. The heating core and the flower nail help distrubute the temp to the center of the cake for even baking. I hope this helps. Good Luck!!
thanks I'll try the flower nail next time