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I get very excited about trying out new recipes. I absolutely, wait impatiently to see how it turns out. Yes, I am that person who watches the cake in the oven to see it rise. This tells me that the leavening is working correctly. However, on the other hand you almost always get a cake dome. Do you dislike cake domes as much as I do? I know you do. There are only a few occasions where domes are acceptable that is cupcakes, loafs and muffins.
Of course you can level cakes with a cake leveler or your serrated knife. But, who has time for that. When you are baking as a hobby, time is not an issue. Otherwise, time is money. Personally, I don’t like to cut off too much cake. Even though I like to eat the cake dome or use it for cake pops, It messes up my diet that I started on Monday *wink, wink*.
Have you ever frosted a cake and noticed that it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa? This happens from not having a leveled cake. A beautiful cake, like any building, needs a proper foundation. Getting a leveled cake does not have to be like a science experiment. Learn how to get a flat cake layers every time. No more trimming, leveling or wasting cakes and no fancy tools either. I guarantee you will never be disappointed.
The Wilton bake even strips works like a charm for a flat top cake. The bake even strip insulates the cake pan and allows the cake batter to bake evenly, resulting in a nice evenly baked cake. Bake even strips also prevents the cake from browning on the side. My bake even strips are well used and works perfectly every time. I prefer using them over Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Heavenly Cake Strip which never seem to work for me.
If you are on a budget and cannot afford the Wilton bake even strips, you may use a wet towel with two safety pins. Cut the towels to the size of the cake pans and wet the towel in cold water. Then follow the steps above. I know it can be get quite costly to purchase bake even strips especially if you need to bake a lot of cake. This is a great option that works just as well a the bake even strip.
If you didn’t have time or patience to use the wet towel or bake even strips. You can always get it a flat cake using a wet towel or paper towel with a cake board the same size as your cake and press as hard as you can. This is one of my favorite method. It saves so much time. Be very careful with this method because the cake is still hot. I use a knife to remove the cake board because it fits quite snugly inside.
This has to be done as soon as the cake comes out of the oven. If you do not have a cake board handy, you can always use the bottom of a smaller pan. The whole idea is to use something with a flat surface.
After wet towel and cake board. Voila no dome.
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