Happy Hump Day! After I posted 3 Ways to Avoid Domed Cakes, I had a few readers ask me how to use a heating core so I took a few pics to show you!
First you'll obviously need your pans and your heating cores. I have one like this Fat Daddio Heating Core and another one (the one on the right) - not sure what brand it is. I also use flower nails (or heating cores that look like flower nails) as heating cores from time to time so I have a few pics with those as well.
First step - spray your pans and your heating core with non-stick spray or brush on some of this homemade Baker's Joy. Be sure that you spray the inside and outside of the heating core.
If you're using the cone shaped heating core, place it in the center of the pan and scoop in some batter. I try to put in enough batter to make it the same level as I put in the pan.
Then fill the cake pan as usual around the heating core.
OH and if you're using a flower nail, then spray it with non-stick spray, place it in the center of the pan and place the batter around it.
bake your cakes!! As I mentioned here, I baked all of my cakes at 325°F for 40-50 minutes (longer for big cakes)! When you take them out - you'll already be able to see that the cakes are pretty level:
The one on the left has the flower nail and the one on the left, obviously... the cone 😉 For the one with the flower nail, you can go ahead and flip it out of the pan onto a cooling rack, then remove then pull the nail out.
For the cone type, you'll want to first remove the heating core and pop out the little cone of cake from the center. Then place that cone of cake back in the hole and flip the cake out onto a cooling rack. It'll look like this:
When you flip it out, you may have to trim the bottom a little to get it smooth.
Here are both the And that's it! I like to put a little frosting on the exposed cake so that it doesn't dry out, but other than that - you're ready to go! Easy-peasy!
If you're looking for help in baking level cakes, be sure to check out my other posts here:
- How to Bake a Level Cake for Cheap (you already have what you need in your house, I'm sure!)
- 3 Ways to Avoid Domed Cakes
Do you have any questions about how to use these heating cores?