Baking question

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Baking question

Postby mamapup » 30 May 2016, 16:40

I am in the process of a trial run for the puppy's birthday cake. Just after I chucked it in the oven I realised I had made a rookie error: the recipe was for a two layer cake, expecting bakers to use two tins. I whacked the cake in to one giant Darth vader mold and now it's not bloody cooking.

Recipe asked for 180 for 25 mins. I turned it down to 160 but it's already cooked for 50 mins and is still super gooey.

Any advice for ensuring this works?

Thanks.
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Re: Baking question

Postby Lily » 30 May 2016, 18:20

I would keep to the recommended temperature, but wrap the outside in newspaper as you would for a Christmas cake, so you can leave it in for longer without burning. And if it's Darth Vader you can disguise any burnt bits with black icing anyway...
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Re: Baking question

Postby mamapup » 30 May 2016, 18:43

Newspaper? In the oven?
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Re: Baking question

Postby LucyLastic » 30 May 2016, 21:24

How did it turn out? I had a quick google and quite a few people suggested dropping the oven and cooking for a considerably longer time (e.g. a standard brownie recipe cooked as a large cake, usually at 200C for 10-12mins, they said 160C for 135-150mins. That's right, two and a quarter to two and a half hours! And a newspaper collar is safe for use in an oven at low temperatures. I keep meaning to bake C's birthday cake, but then Waitrose sell undecorated iced sponges for about £6, so I just buy icing pens and sweets and draw Peppa. I am a terrible parent.
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Re: Baking question

Postby Lily » 31 May 2016, 13:46

mamapup wrote:Newspaper? In the oven?


Yup. Use a whole section (I recommend sport or business, you won't miss them), and fold it into a long, narrow rectangle so it's several layers thick. Wrap it tightly round the edge of the cake tin and secure it with cotton thread.

Or just do what LL suggests, it sounds much simpler!
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Re: Baking question

Postby felizefun » 31 May 2016, 14:42

Your cake is probably baked by now (hopefully!), but thought I'd give my two cents worth anyway. I'd cover the cake with a large piece of foil and leave it in the oven till it's cooked. The foil stops the top from getting burnt.
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Re: Baking question

Postby Kitcameron » 31 May 2016, 17:10

How did it turn out RP?
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Re: Baking question

Postby mamapup » 31 May 2016, 18:59

Actually it is amazing. It's delicious. I cooked it on 135 for double the time. Although I hear you about newspaper in the oven (and yes, obv sports or business) I'm dubious about flammable items tbh.

Thanks all.
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