Baking Cakes Question

by Stacey
(N.Y.)

How long do I bake it?

How long do I bake it?

I noticed on your you tube channel you are baking several layers/sizes at once - this is always hard for me (I'm? VERY new at this!!!) - Any suggestions for timing as far as some layers baking quicker than others or how long multiple layers should bake?


Thanks much.


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Feb 10, 2010
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Timing of cakes
by: Lorelie

Hi Stacey,

That's a good question. When you bake a lot you start to get a feel for when the cakes are done, even when you have different size cakes in the oven at once. I rarely use a timer these days.

But since you are new to baking use this as a guide. When you put your cakes into the oven, set the timer to about 20-25 minutes. That will be your first check. Your 6 inch cakes may be done or close to done at this point.

The 8 or 9 inch cakes will probably take around 35 minutes. Larger cakes take longer.

You can test the cakes a few ways. One is by touching the center and when it springs back it is done.

You can stick a toothpick or a knife into the center and if it comes out clean, it's done.

You can look at the cake and see if it is starting to pull away from the sides. Another sign that the cake may be done.

Use all three methods and you should be fine.


Mar 12, 2010
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Timing (Baking)
by: Stacey Torres

Thank you, Lorelie - This makes perfect sense. I've been baking a while, but only decided to undertake larger jobs recently. Your work is beautiful and I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me better. I had a near tragedy in December with one layer that actually fell (like in the old days; but it wasn't done), and another with a burned bottom!) LOL - I'm learning.

If and when you have time to sit down and read, please visit my blog; I'd love your feedback.

www.anastasiassecretgarden.blogspot.com

Stacey

Mar 12, 2010
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Nice blog!
by: Lorelie

Hi Stacey,

I love your blog and see that you make very unique and interesting cakes and cupcakes. I will look at it more closely tomorrow and send you more feedback.

Lorelie

Jun 05, 2015
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cake a bit dry
by: Louise Malan

Hi Lorelie

I baked the white cake recipe from your book as a trial run for the big wedding cake. I baked the single size. It was a little dry. I liked the texture and the flavor. Do you have any suggestions ? Also what about brushing with orange syrup?

Jun 19, 2015
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by: Lorelie

Hi Louise, the syrup will help yes. The fact that it was dry though probably means you over baked it a little. I like to remove them from the oven before they turn golden. The butter cakes in general seem to be dry, but when eaten at room temperature with the filling etc, they are wonderful, but like I said they are easily over done. Keep a close watch and feel free to add a sprinkling of syrup.

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