A large cake pan is considered greater than 10 to 12 inches in diameter, generally speaking. These pans can be used in similar ways to a smaller cake pan, but certain precautions should be followed to ensure even baking and a thoroughly cooked cake batter. Precautions include lower temperatures and thinner cakes, as well as the use of cake heating cores, which are metal dome shapes inserted in the centre before baking that are removed afterward.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Large cake pan
- Cake batter recipe
- Cake heating core
- Pan spray or shortening
Spray or grease the large cake pan with shortening, ensuring every part of the pan has been greased. Add in a few tablespoons of flour to the pan and tip and turn to coat all the surfaces. Invert and tap to remove excess flour.
Grease an aluminium cake heating core on the outside and the inside on all sides that will be touching the cake.
Prepare the cake batter as directed by recipe.
Center the greased cake heating core in the cake pan. Add in the cake batter while holding the cake heating core in place. Add in cake batter inside the cake heating core to the level of the cake batter that is in the large cake pan. The two areas should be level.
Bake the cake as directed in the recipe until the cake tests done. The time may depend on the size of the cake pan; larger cake pans may take longer to bake than smaller cake pans.
Remove the cake pan from the oven and let cool for about five minutes. Gently loosen the centre cake heating core from the cake pan and remove the cake centre. Invert the large cake and allow to cool completely.
Assemble the cake by using the centrepiece as a fill-in for the hole. It will plug it up, and any frosting or filling will cover it up.
Tips and warnings
- Trim the centrepiece of cake made in the heating core and the large cake to ensure they are level with each other when decorating.
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