Ok I just bought the decorator preferred round cake set last night and I am planning on using the 8" today. It says it need the heating core which I did not purchase, someone told me about the flower nail. Do I need to use it on the 8" and if so how do you use it? Thanks in advance.
i usually don't use one on my eight inch, especially if it's only 2" deep, but if you ever want to use the flower nail, just grease and flour it, then set it head down in the middle of the pan, then pour in your batter, i've poured my batter in first before on accident and have just kind of smooshed the nail in there and it works fine too.
I only used the nail on my 12' cake. Somewhere I read that you only need to use a heating core/flower nail on a cake that is bigger than 10'.
My 8' and 10' turned out fine when I made my last cake without a flower nail, HTH.
I don't use a flower nail on my 8 inch cakes and they turn out just fine. I use one on my 10 inch pan and 2 on my 12 inch pan.
The flower nail trick has saves my cake many times. I use it for allof my rectangle pans - 3 for the sheet cake and they all come out perfectly. A great thing if your oven heats unevenly..
Thanks for all the info. I ended up using a 10x3 round pan and decided to go ahead and use the nail. It turned out fine. Thanks again.
Guess for my 16x16 square, I better use two flower nails!
Love this posting, I had never heard that but I am going to start using it . That is GREAT info. Thanks all.