12X18 Sheet Cake/heating Cores

Decorating By jdo719 Updated 22 May 2014 , 12:14am by MBalaska

jdo719 Posted 9 May 2014 , 5:41pm
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Newbie here.  I'm making my nephew's first birthday cake-- two layers, 12x18x2 pan.  I've been reading up on heating cores, and it seems like people recommend using more than one for this size.  Problem is, I have two flower nails, and they are different sizes.  Should I still use both of them?  Or just use one in the center?


Also: I was going to butter/parchment/butter the bottom of the pan-- is there some other way I'm supposed to prep the pan before baking?



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LittleLinda Posted 21 May 2014 , 11:22pm
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I never use heating cores on 12x18 cakes; but if you want to, I think one is enough.  If you wanted to use two, it doesn't matter if your flower nails are different sizes. 

I use wax paper at the bottom of my pans, I don't butter them or anything extra.  I do, however, use baking strips around the outside of the pan.   (thick cotton material soaked in cold water works fine.)   Attach the strip with binder clips near the corners of the pan. 

I have been making cakes since 1982.

MBalaska Posted 22 May 2014 , 12:14am
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I use three flower nails, right down the middle - length wise.

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