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I have tried tapping my pans and I still have holes in my cake layers. Do I beat it too much, or what?

Mary - from Atlanta, GA

Yes, it does sound like you may be beating the batter too much.  Follow your recipe/mix instructions exactly, using a timer to beat the correct amount of time.  You might also want to check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer.  Sometimes an incorrect oven temperature can cause the cake to rise too quickly or too slowly, resulting in some larger holes in the baked cake layer.

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