10 Secrets to Baking Perfect Cakes

Toss boxed cake mixes to the side and conquer your fear of homemade cakes with our secrets to baking the perfect cake.

Choosing Cake Baking Pans
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3. Choose the proper pan size (and color).

Your recipe calls for two 9-inch round cake pans, but you only have 8-inch pans. What to do? Go get two 9-inch pans. Pan size is specified in recipes because a cake increases in volume 50 to 100 percent during baking; if your pan is too small, the cake could overflow. Color is important, too; glass or dark nonstick pans usually require a 25-degree reduction in baking temperature versus silver-colored aluminum pans.

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