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When I bake sheet cakes, the center is always very high and the sides low and when I turn it out of the pan top side down, of course it cracks. What can I do?

Dianna - from Milton, WV

There are a number of things going wrong. First, check your oven temperature and make sure the oven is accurate. Don’t over or under beat your batter which effects bakeout. Then, make sure the racks in the oven are arranged so that your pan is in the top third or half of the oven – your don’t want it too high or too low as it bakes. Finally, since all cakes crown some, level the cake (cut off the crown/high center), before turning it top side down.


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