So today I had an unexpected day off my 'real' work so I decided to have a bit of a baking session and make a birthday cake for a friend and a couple of other cakes for friends. All recipes I know, have done before and could make with my eyes shut - famous last words!!!
Two chocolate cakes - exactly the same recipe, exactly the same methods, exactly the same ingredients, exactly the same oven, exactly the same temperature - two completely different cakes
Pineapple drizzle cake, made this loads and didn't do anything different from what I normally do but the cake doesn't look like it normally does (at least it tastes as good as it normally does)
Chocolate cup cakes with white chocolate and strawberry buttercream - well these look like the should, just hoping my flatmate tells me they taste good when he comes back!!
Cake science - it is enough to drive anyone bonkers
possibly your element in your oven is going bad... fluctuations in heat will mess up an otherwise perfect combination.
I agree w/MamaDear.
That was my first thought, but not the case - have had it checked. I am going to just put it down to the being one of those things. It is more likely 'user error' and something I have done without realising it.