Using a Heating Core or Heating Rod

Avoid the Gooey Center
Recent technology in the baking world (better ovens, quality bakeware, tested recipes, etc) has allowed us to reach incredible heights with our tiered cakes. Four inch deep cake pans allow bakers to get incredibly high tiers by only baking one layer, instead of baking two layers in a two inch deep pan. But there are skeptics! Many people advise against the four inch deep pan. It's too tall! The 'rise will be wrong', the 'texture', the 'sides and bottom will burn before the center is cooked'. I heard all these concerns about three inch deep pans more than ten years ago. Now three inch deep pans are a baking industry standard. Four inch pans are also used by thousands of professional bakers world wide.
 
The secret to using these deep pans is to treat them like a four inch deep pan, and not a two inch deep pan. Simple adjustments MUST be made.
Get some heat in the center of the batter. And adjust the temperature.

How to Use A Heating Core

On cakes nine inches in diameter or greater, or more than two inches deep definitely use a heating core.
  1. Grease the inside and outside of the heating core, as you did your cake pan.
  2. Fill the pan with batter.
  3. Place the heating core in the center of the pan. Fill with batter.
  4. Remove heating core after cake has cooled.
  5. Fill the hole with cake from the center of the heating core.
  6. Decorate as usual.
 

Adjust the baking time

 
Unfortunately we can't be there with you when you are baking your cake. So, figuring out the timing is a little harder. There are so many factors that affect baking time (oven type, recipe, altitude, etc), so we can't give you one answer. You will need to keep an eye on your first cakes and and check for doneness throughout the baking cycle and documenting for future use in your oven.
 
Remember keep it Slow and Low!
 
No matter what the recipe says, adjust your temperature down to 300F when baking in a four inch deep pan.

How To Use A Heating Rod

Use one or more HCR-425 heating rods to improve baking results with deeper, larger and novelty shaped cakes.

  1. Prep the pan as usual.
  2. Fill the pan with batter.
  3. Place heating rod at the bottom of the pan, in the deepest part with the flat head on the bottom.
  4. Remove rods after baking. Frost as usual.