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post #1 of 26
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I have been baking all morning for my weeks orders....I am trying to bake a 7 inch round coconut cake.I used a coconut DH mix with extender recipe and added shredded coconut.The first cake came out and the whole top broke off.....had to throw it out....redid it again.greased the pans with gobs of shortening and floured again...The second one came out the same..I ran a knife around the edges...flipped the cake from side to side to loosen it etc...The top edges again all broken and wrecked!!! icon_evil.gificon_evil.gif I have never had this problem before ...ever....Could it be the Fat Dadioas pan...I have had issues with these pans doing the very same thing....Is it because I added shredded cocount to the mix..(Dense)...Could it be that I did an extender and the batter was a bit thinner..

Okay...It been 4 cakes now...2-7 inch and 2-6 inch and I have thrown out all 4 icon_evil.gificon_evil.gif I have never had cakes stick this bad before...I have turned the oven down to 300...325....the top of the cakes are all sticking to the pan...I am ready to cry icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I have wasted valuable baking time and 3 mixes....

Any insight!!

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post #2 of 26
I mix equal parts crisco, oil and flour then spread it on my pans, then parchment paper circle. My coconut cake recipe uses a cup of coconut no problem.

I use a scratch recipe though and magic line pans, but I would give parchment a try.
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post #3 of 26
So sorry icon_sad.gif I just had a flashback to a few years ago... I added coconut to a cake to use up a bag and had the exact same problem. This might just be a random coincidence but it could be the coconut? Perhaps it's sinking in the batter and weakening the bottom? I would try to reduce the coconut a little and then go to town with the parchment and line the heck out of that pan lol
post #4 of 26
I'd go for parchment paper too. No real thoughts on what the problem is... Unless they are not baked right? Sounds like a common modification, so I wouldn't guess the coconut was the problem.
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post #5 of 26
Maybe it is the Duncan Hines mix. That happens to me with Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. Maybe try another brand, even a vanilla flavor.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Okay..so I have never used parchment before..never needed too but do I grease and flour the pan before I lay the parhcment circle in or after overtop of the parhcment?I also thought about strips to go around the edges inside also...

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post #7 of 26
I've had this problem with carrot cake. I always use the parchment on the bottom for it now. Grease pans as usual. Lay down the parchment on the bottom. Then grease the parchment. Works like a charm every time. I never parchment the sides though because I normally would just run a knife around them.
post #8 of 26
I grease the pan then put a circle of parchment in the bottom and when you flip the cake out the parchment just comes with it, I have never done the sides, not sure about that part.
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post #9 of 26
no need to use flour if you are lining your cake tins with parchment paper - grease the tin, line the base and the sides with a double layer of parchment paper. I always lightly grease the parchment paper too...then add your mix, there should be no problems with your cake sticking to the parchment paper - good luck icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 26
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Thanks Moondance...I am so frustrated...Never in 10 years of decorating have I had such a bad cake baking day!!LOL

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post #11 of 26
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final question..My parchment paper looks to have a silcione side (Shiny ) and a matte side..What side to I put down on the pan and cake?

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post #12 of 26
I don't think it matters which side you use. I also will use just wax paper for carrot cakes and coconut cakes, works just as well as the parchment. Hope it worked out for you!
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post #13 of 26
I switched to DH once, (white cake) and the same thing happened. I hate DH. Tastes good, but difficult to work with.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

Thanks Moondance...I am so frustrated...Never in 10 years of decorating have I had such a bad cake baking day!!LOL



So sorry to hear of your troubles. I had a similar bad day with my sister's graduation cakes.....had four unusable sheet cakes. That is when I started adding wax paper or parchment paper to the bottom of the pan in addition to the pan spray. No trouble since then.
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post #15 of 26
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Thanks everyone!! I do appreciate the tips and advice!!Back to baking again today!!

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