tiredmomdm Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 5:42am
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my cakes never seem to rise high like most of the videos I see. Their cakes seem to rise to the top of the pan and a dome over that.    Sometimes I get a dome but then it sinks. I;m not using large pans they are 8 - 10" wilton pans    what am I doing wrong?

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shanter Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 6:12am
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Is your baking powder and/or baking soda fresh? They do deteriorate over time.

remnant3333 Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 2:47pm
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Are you using cake mixes or from scratch? also as Shanter has said make sure your baking powder and baking soda are not too old.  
 

tiredmomdm Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 8:52pm
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No I check both of them all the time.  I use both mixes and scratch. Do I fill the pans 1/2 full or 3/4 full?  Some tutorials and books say one thing then another. When you make a normal layer cake how high do your layers get.

remnant3333 Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 9:50pm
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I normally do about 2/3 full. How much do other people here fill up their pans?
 

SPCOhio Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 3:34am
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AThe batter I'm using determines whether I fill 1/2 full or 2/3 full. Some rise more than others. What has given me the most predictable, even results has been the using of bake even strips and a metal flower nail in the middle of the cakes. I believe if the cake sinks in the middle upon removing from the oven, your centers are not fully baked. If you aren't using a heating core of some sort, give that a shot.

Ducky316 Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 11:27am
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This is gonna sound like a weird question, but how clean is your oven? Seriously, a dirty ocen can wreak havoc on a cake!

NJsugarmama Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 2:14pm
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Original message sent by Ducky316

This is gonna sound like a weird question, but how clean is your oven? Seriously, a dirty ocen can wreak havoc on a cake!

I had no idea...eeek! I was waiting until it gets warmer out so u can open my windows while the oven cleans.

Annne30 Posted 28 Feb 2013 , 4:16am
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This has happended to me in the past... My problem was my oven. My oven was reading 350 degrees but when I bought a oven thermometer to verify my oven,

 I had to set my oven at 365 to reach an actual tempature of 350 degrees.

Hope this was helpfull. Good luck!

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