Cake Shrinking Problem.

Baking By josefina20 Updated 3 Nov 2012 , 10:40pm by josefina20

josefina20 Posted 3 Nov 2012 , 12:24am
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The problem is every time I bake a cake the sides of the cake always shrinks away from the sides. Leaving me with a smaller cake than I was supposed to have. Example: if I try to bake a cake two inches high i always end up having a cake that is 1 and a half inches tall so I have to make another cake to make up for what is missing


I use the parchment paper to cover my cake tin and I put more batter to make it taller but that does not solve the problem. That didnt happen before it just started being a problem. Does any one have any experience with this problem and how I can solve it

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sillywabbitz Posted 3 Nov 2012 , 1:06am
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Has anything changed? Your pans, your recipe, the humidity? Have you checked to see if the temp in the oven is correct? Buy an oven thermometer and see if your oven is correct. Mine is off 25 degrees. If yours has gotten off it may be cooking too slowly so your cake isn't rising enough.


Are you baking from scratch? Is your baking powder or soda old? That can effect rising as well.

remnant3333 Posted 3 Nov 2012 , 3:51pm
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The cake mixes have now downsized the contents of what is in the boxes. Most of the time I make from scratch but the times when I do use a cake mix I now have to use an extender recipe to make the cake bigger. 


Cake extender Recipe

1 egg

1 cup flour (all purpose, if using self rising can omit salt)

8 oz. sour cream

1 cup sugar

1/3 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Mix together and pour into your cake box batter.


If not using cake mix it could be your oven temperature off. I agree with the others that you need to buy an oven temperature gauge and check your oven. I am sure the other people will have a solution as to why this is happening to you.


josefina20 Posted 3 Nov 2012 , 10:37pm
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Thanks Remnan333, i sure did not know that. 

josefina20 Posted 3 Nov 2012 , 10:40pm
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Sillywabbitz  I will check on oven thermometer.  

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