Why Do Cakes Fall In The Center?

Decorating By asmita123 Updated 19 Feb 2014 , 4:29pm by Sassyzan

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asmita123 Posted 19 Feb 2014 , 4:59am
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I just baked a cake for a funeral potluck - pulled it out and my heart sank as I saw the center - a perfect sink hole. I debated filling it in with frosting but it was even too deep for that, and I thought the center might by a horribly thick or gummy texture. As it cooled it sank even further, so I ended up making something else to take instead.

Anyone know why this happens, and how to avoid it in the future? I followed the recipe and my oven's calibrated fine. What's the science here that I'm missing?

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MimiFix Posted 19 Feb 2014 , 4:13pm
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It sounds as if the cake was underbaked; or perhaps the wrong size pan. Have you made this cake before, or is it a new recipe? 

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Sassyzan Posted 19 Feb 2014 , 4:29pm
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AOverbeating the eggs can cause cakes to overinflate and then collapse. too much leavening can have the same effect.

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