I plan to purchase a 13X18 cake pan. A 3 in deep pan would be perfect because I ultimately want 3 1 in layers. I am worried though that is such a big and deep pan that the edges would get way overdone before the middle gets time to bake. Am I better served to get the 2 in deep and just bake 2 of them? Would a heating core help (Ive never used them before)? Thanks for any input!
You can always bake 2" in the 3" pan making it the better choice if you think you'll ever use it. That said, I never bake over 2" for just the reasons you stated.
I have the magic line 12x18x3 and I only need bake even strips. I've never had a problem with the edges overcooking. I do lower my oven temp to 325 and just cook is slower and longer.
I put flower nails (make sure they are coated with cake release!) upside down throughout my larger cakes, plus the bake strips around the outside of the pan. They work as heating cores.
i have a 11x15 cake pan and i use 2 flower nails in the center. i bake all my cakes at 325 and they always come out perfect
I never used the flower nail before. Would I just put 2 or 3 scattered near the middle? Can I just rub some on on them and stick them into the pan filled with batter? Thanks again!
i use 2 flower nails in the center about 1 inch apart
i coat them with shortening and flower, place them in the pan and then pour the batter...its easier to have the nails in the pan before you add the batter
bake the cake and once it cools, flip it out of the pan and remove the nails