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post #1 of 28
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No matter what I do my cakes are NEVER flat. It's not that I have a huge dome, but it's domed enough. I've tried lowing the temp and baking longer. I've tried lowering the temp and than gradually raising it. Both tips I received from other bakers, and still my cake's are not flat.

 

I long for the photos of flat cakes that I see! Any tips or words on wisdom on this?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 28

Level them after baking, when cool.  Most recipes don't result in perfectly level cakes, or the height needs to be adjusted anyway.  There are many levelers out there, but if you can, get the Agbay, you will love it.  Worth every penny.

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post #3 of 28

I don't mind the dome.....dome = cake scraps to munch on or cake balls.   I am more concerned if I do not have a dome and don't get a nice 2" layer. 

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post #4 of 28
I've never understood the obsession with flattening out the naturally domed tops of cakes. Then again, I've always preferred homemade cakes to professionally baked ones.

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post #5 of 28

Use baking strips around the pans.  Or make your own with towels, which is what I have been doing.  They keep cakes very flat.

post #6 of 28
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I don't like cutting off the dome because this usually makes it worse rather than better. I've never actually used a leveler though, just a knife. I suppose practice makes perfect. I will definitely look into the Agbay.

 

I've seen those baking strips but have never tried them. They actually work?

 

Thanks for the input everyone. This gives me some other options to try!
 

post #7 of 28

Agbay.  Seriously - the best money you'll ever spend on a cake tool.

 

I really don't like cakes with a domed top.  They just scream homemade, but not in a good way.

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post #8 of 28
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I really don't like cakes with a domed top.  They just scream homemade, but not in a good way.

I agree that they "just scream homemade," but I don't agree about the "not in a good way" part.

 

But I'm also the guy who makes no secret of preferring dense, stiff, hand-mixed BC (which also screams homemade) over whipped BC.

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post #9 of 28

I have the same problem. I mash it down when it comes out of the oven. Usually with a cake board. It gets rid of the dome in the middle.

post #10 of 28
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I've never understood the obsession with flattening out the naturally domed tops of cakes. Then again, I've always preferred homemade cakes to professionally baked ones.

DO you mean the cake itself, like before it's taken out of the pan, like right out of the oven? Or do you mean once it's all decorated and looking pretty, except it's got a big ugly hump on it? You like that hump? You don't really mean that do you?

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post #11 of 28

One video I saw a woman put a clean kitchen towel and gently pushes down the cake all around so cake is even without the dome. I ended up buying the strips to put around my cakes when baking and it does work pretty good!! If you make a tiered cake you have to get the dome out because your cake will look crooked.
 

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DO you mean the cake itself, like before it's taken out of the pan, like right out of the oven? Or do you mean once it's all decorated and looking pretty, except it's got a big ugly hump on it? You like that hump? You don't really mean that do you?

What's "ugly" about a smoothly domed top on a cake, if that's its natural shape?

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post #13 of 28

Again, which are you referring to? 

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post #14 of 28

'm not trying to argue withyou, I'm trying to think of a single incident where I've seen a cake with a hump that looked nice, to which I can't recall, so I'm wondering if you meant that, or while it's still in the pan?

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post #15 of 28

I cut my cake humps off with a big serrated knife after they've cooled a bit.  I think it might be hard stacking 5 or 6 tiers of cake when each tier has a big hump on it.  You wouldn't build a house on a humpy hill would you?  You would want a nice level surface to start with, I would think.
 

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