Originally Posted by sweetpoison
I have tried 6 different cake recipes, and the same thing happens every time so I can't cut the cake in the middle as it will crumble apart. I use bake even strips and line the tin with baking parchment. What could be going wrong?
If 6 different recipes are having the same issues consistently I'd hazard a guess that the problem is with one or more of these: your technique, ingredients, temperatures.
Are you following the instructions properly, paying attention to the temperature of ingredients? What's the date on your baking powder? How are you measuring your ingredients by volume (1 cup sugar) or by weight (7oz sugar). Are you using a kitchen scale? Is your oven properly calibrated? Do you have an oven thermometer for back up and verification of the temps?
Based on the little information you provided, that's all I can come up with?
I didn't look at the recipes you listed, so they may very well be imbalanced but if all 6 are having the same issues consistently, the common denominator is you. Have you tried baking a tried and true recipe (from the recipe section maybe) and checking to see if it turns out okay?
Edit: Just looked at the links. 2 of those cakes (the madeira and the vanilla have iffy reviews based on what I've read about them in the past) so I wouldn't judge your performance based on how those turned out.