If you are like me, one of two problems generally occurs when you bake a cake, especially a larger one (greater than 10 inches). I bake the cake until the center is perfectly baked. This process usually entails continuously adding 2-3 minutes at a time to the timer and using enough toothpicks to build a small log cabin. Finally, the center is done but the edges are dried out. Everyone helps themselves to a piece of the deliciously moist center and I’m left with crusty, dried edges that will more than likely be thrown in the trash.
The other problem is the opposite. I bake the cake per the recipe instructions, take it out, let it cool and frost it. But when everyone digs in, I’m horrified to discover the center still isn’t done! The edges are moist, but this time I’m left with an inedible center. Both of these problems leave me completely embarrassed. Do either of these scenarios sound familiar?
I just discovered a solution to these problems, the Heating Core. I’m an intern at Wilton, but had never heard of the heating core and was recently given one to try. Take a look at my experiences:
First, I sprayed the inside and outside of the heating core as well as my cake pan with Bake Easy!™ Non-Stick Spray (or you could use Cake Release). Next, I placed the heating core in the center of the pan and filled it 3/4 of the way full with my cake batter. I then placed the remaining batter in the cake pan and baked my cake according to the recipe instructions.
For the first time, when the timer dinged my cake was done! When I touched the cake it sprung back and there was no batter left on my toothpick. However, it did look a tad strange. There was a beautiful cake with a metal circle and cake popping out of the middle like a muffin.
I continued to follow the instructions and allowed the cake to cool for 10 minutes. After that time I removed the heating core from the center of the cake and continued to let it cool. I was pleased that it came out of the cake with ease, not sticking at all! (Be careful taking it out, it will still be quite warm.) I also removed the cake from the cake pan to a cooling grid, allowing it to cool. Once the cake core was completely cooled, I removed the cake-like plug from the center, again with ease. I took the cylinder of cake and plugged it back in my hole-y cake.
Everything went smoothly and the plug matched the rest of the cake. You may have cake protruding from the top. If that’s the case, a simple swipe of your serrated knife will solve the problem. My cake was now ready to be frosted. Now, no one would ever know that there was once a hole missing from the center of my cake. Better yet, for the first time ever, my cake was moist from the edges to the middle!
This product is easy to use, stores well, and adds minimal steps to the baking process. Plus, it will save me from the embarrassment of overdone/underdone cakes. Really the only extra step was to grease the Heating Core. Even better yet, a poor college student like myself can afford one of these. It is definitely a product that should be added to your baking collection; I’ve added it to mine!