Heating Core. Do You Use One?

Decorating By CAKEahuna Updated 29 Dec 2009 , 12:02am by MacsMom

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CAKEahuna Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 10:53pm
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If not, what do you do?

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indydebi Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:06pm
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I've never used one becuase primarily I never wanted to put a big 'ole hole in the middle of my cake. Second, I've never had a need to use one.

I grease-only-no-flour my pans (haven't floured pans in 30 years), use the baking strips and reduce the oven temp to 325 (in a regular home oven .... might need adjsted for convection or comm'l ovens).

Here's a thread where I explain the science behind how baking strips work: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6626888.html#6626888

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JanH Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:07pm
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..moving to Decorating forum. icon_smile.gif

Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered/stacked/layer cakes:


Relax, get a glass/cup of your favorite beverage because this a long read. icon_smile.gif


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LaBellaFlor Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:10pm
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The biggest layer I've done is a 16" square and I didn't use a heating core. What I did use was baking strips to keep the outside from baking before the center did.

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mcdonald Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:14pm
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no no no... to the baking core...

I use a flower nail inverted upside down that works just fine for me. The largest I have baked is a 14 inch (not very big) or I also use it with a 1/2 sheet cake (11 x 15) and it works great for me...

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krzykakes Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:31pm
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I bought one and I've never used it. I just reduce the oven temp and it's always worked out fine.

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leah_s Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:44pm
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Haven't used a heating core - ever - in 40 years of baking. It's just a stupid Wilton toy that W thought up to sell you something you don't need.

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Deb_ Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:46pm
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I don't own one either. I have used an upside down flower nail but honestly I don't notice a difference when I forget to use it.

I too bake at a lower oven temp for layers over 10".

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MacsMom Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 12:02am
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Nope. Like the others, 325 with bake even strips. I have used the flower nails in 16" pans, but they left behind a gray mark on the cake icon_surprised.gif

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