Hello everyone im very new to cake baking/decorating. I live in colorado and I try to use variations of a wasc cake for a more dense cake, easier to decorate. However my cakes have been coming out just a little too dense and caving in the middle. im not sure what im doing wrong and any tips would be helpful! Thanks for your time
1st off- check your oven temp. I was having the same issues and bought an oven thermometer and my oven was off almost 20 degrees. No biggie, I just adjusted the temp. Started have the same problem again and thought I was going nuts. I've been baking since I was 11 so I know how to bake a cake. One day, I left my thermometer in the oven while baking a cake and realized the temperature was fluctuating wildly, like up and down 40 degrees!
Have a new oven now and no more issues :)
If your oven temp is fine, then you have to look at your mix methods. But, you need to rule out 1 thing at a time. Check your oven first though.
I tried the other day baking a few cakes at different temps thinking that same thing and found that baking at 340 worked best tried it again the other day and major fail! Thats crazy I wonder if that could be happening to me, strange. Ill have to try a thermometer, thanks much for the response!
What is your altitude in Colorado? That may be playing a big part since high altitude baking can be very different from a "standard" recipe.
Im in Castle Rock Co, the elevation here 6,224ft
Here is a fabulous resource from King Arthur Flour:
I live at sea level and have never had to deal with high altitude baking. (whew!)
I wish you good luck!
Thank you so much, this looks like it will be a big help!