I was ready some stuff on wilton and I came across someone saying they preheat their pan along with their oven. I have never don this before and also should I use a flower nail in the center of my pans that are 10 inches and over never done one that big before so I wasn't sure?
I wouldn't preheat the pan. The outsides of the cake always cook faster than the inside so preheating is only going to speed that process up. You will be more likely to have overcooked/dry cake on the outside.
If you have a big pan, you can use a flower nail or a heating core to help the center of the cake cook evenly. I use a nail in anything bigger than an 8in pan and in most of my squares, regardless of size.
I have never heard of pre-heating cake pans.
Rose nails are used for distributing the heat through the cake batter so it cooks evening.
Spray or pre coat your cake pan as you desire.
Spray your rose nail with vegetable spray, and sit the nail, flat side done, in the center of the cake pan.
Pour batter over and try to center the rose nail.
This helps the cake to bake evenly, therefore helping the cake to bake level.
Hope this helps,
I do not preheat my pans and see no benefit in doing so.
Thanx so much every one!!