Originally Posted by Bluesea
i am gonna bake two 11" cakes this weekend (1st time baking a big cake). i understand from the wilton site that for cakes over 10" you have to use a heating core when baking.
can someone pls explain this to me. have not done this before.
you can also use a flower nail or two. put them inverted (the flat side down on the pan) in the middle, pour your batter in, and bake. what it does is conduct the heat towards the middle of the pan and keeps the middle baking at the same rate as the edges, reducing dome and browning edges.
the flower nails are nice because they only leave a tiny hole that's barely noticeable.