Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What if your oven heats unevenly?

I’ve never had an oven that had this problem, but it does happen in some homes. One problem with an uneven oven is that your cakes will come out higher on one end than the other. Fine if you’re making a ski slope cake, but not so much if you’re going for an even, flat cake top.

Here’s a tip a friend recommended:

Before putting your cake in the oven, wrap a thick, wet towel around the filled cake pan. Pin the edges of the towel closed over the top. This moist heat will help your cake rise more evenly.

You’ll want to keep an eye on your oven when you do this, just in case! If your towel is wet, it shouldn’t pose a fire hazard. But it would certainly put a damper on the whole cake-eating experience if you had to invite the fire department to have a slice, too!

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