Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nascar Cake Countdown 1 day to go

The 11X15 and car shaped cake are baked and cooling. The car was a pretty deep pan so I tried a trick I read about. Using a flower nail upside down in the deepest part of the cake to help it bake more evenly. A flower nail is exactly what it sounds like, a very large nail. It is usually used to create buttercream roses because you can rotate it as you pipe out the petals. Happy to say the flower nail is no longer a "unitasker" as Alton Brown would say.

Another item I HAVE to mention is Wilton Cake Release if you ever have a problem with cakes sticking to the pan, you hate greasing and flouring the pans, or you hate cutting those parchment circles for the bottom of the pan, you need this! You can buy it at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. You squeeze it out onto the pan, spread evenly with a brush, then add your cake batter. After you remove the cake from the oven, allow it to cool 10 minutes. You may even notice it shrinking away from the sides of the pan already. Turn the pan upside down and voila! A perfectly smooth cake that pops right out of the pan! I think the top comes out even smoother than the parchment circle technique.

Time to wrap up my cakes..tomorrow is the fun part!

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