Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cake Strips for perfectly even cake layer - Baking Tip #1

Ready made, commercial cake strips

Cake strip is one of the best solutions. 

Cake strip insulate the cake pan and allows the batter to bake evenly, resulting in a nice evenly baked cakes

You can buy them at bakery shops or purchase online, but they are not cheap.

Here’s how to do a home-made cake strip:
1. Cut a 2-inch wide strip from an old heavy bath towel.
2. Soak the strip in water and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour (I leave it overnight).
3. Before filling pan with batter, wrap the strip tightly around the pan and secure with safety pin. Bake as usual.
4. Remove the strip after cake has cooled and you should get perfectly even cake layers.

My DIY cake strip with an old bath towel

I also do these to prevent doming in center of cake:
·         Use a flower nail.    
·         Before putting in oven, gently swirl the pan so that the batter rise slightly at the side, and not the center.
·         Bake at slightly lower temperature for longer time to prevent cake from rising rapidly and cracking.
© copyright fiddling with recipe 2011

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