Poll...use This Or That...

Decorating By Girlfriendal Updated 25 May 2013 , 8:01pm by travmand

Girlfriendal Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:51pm
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AHaving read a lot about different people's baking techniques on here, I just wanted to get a quick recap about some common tools and who uses them, or not, and why?

I will start by saying I am baking with an electric oven, so if these tools are meant more for gas or electric, I'd love to know...never been quite sure...

Bake even cake strips? I have and have not used these with varying degrees results both ways.

Heat core vs flower nail va nothing in cakes 12" and over? I have always used a heat core, but I hate it and feel it ruins the integrity of the center of my cake.

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leah_s Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:57pm
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Have used bake even strips, but no tin  the last several years.  No heating core ever, nails once just to see what all the fuss was about.

Bake at 325 for longer.  Never an issue even with large cakes.  I prefer to use gas or electric convection.

kikiandkyle Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:36pm
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I also bake at 325 without bake even strips or heating cores (12" is the biggest I've done) and my cakes are always level. I bought a flower nail once but when I got it home the glue that holds the top to the spike was clearly visible and I didn't want that getting into my cake.

Girlfriendal Posted 25 May 2013 , 4:01pm
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...but no tin...

Leah, what do you mean by no tin?

And my electronic oven has a convection setting, but I'm thinking that having never used it before, now, when I'm making a wedding cake, might not be the time to test it out. Should probably stick with what I know...

CWR41 Posted 25 May 2013 , 4:30pm
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Leah, what do you mean by no tin?

I read it as a typo, no tin = not in.

Girlfriendal Posted 25 May 2013 , 4:38pm
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AOh! Duh, clearly my brain is not quite awake this morning. Kept thinking she meant not to use them on pans made of tin! Haha

maybenot Posted 25 May 2013 , 7:32pm
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I bake at 325F, never use bake even strips, and always use these Ateco Heating Core Nails: 

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061UGRIC/?tag=cakecentral-20

 

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They're stainless steel, no glue, and flat.  1 in an 8" or 10", 3 in a 12", 4 in a 14", 3 in a 9x13, 4 in a 12x15, etc.

 

My cakes bake up evenly and fairly flat without a big hole in the middle to fill.

travmand Posted 25 May 2013 , 8:01pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s 

Have used bake even strips, but no tin  the last several years.  No heating core ever, nails once just to see what all the fuss was about.

Bake at 325 for longer.  Never an issue even with large cakes.  I prefer to use gas or electric convection.

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