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asked September 15th 2012

Cake tins

Can anyone recommend the best cake tins to use for baking.

I find when baking large cake 10 inch or bigger my cake burns

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Can anyone recommend the best cake tins to use for baking.

I find when baking large cake 10 inch or bigger my cake burns

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There are other things you could try besides investing in new tins….although it does not hurt to buy the best quality tins you can afford.

1. Are you sure your oven is not set too hot?
2. Tie a couple of folded newspaper sheets around the tin to help your cake cook slower.
3. Put discs of greaseproof paper on top of your cake when it looks brown enough but is still not fully cooked, this will allow you to continue cooking without the top continuing to brown.

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I use Invicta tins, they’re considered to be good tins in the baking world. However, I still used to have cakes that were burnt on the outside. Now I lag the outside of the tin with about 5 layers of newspaper, I put the tin on a tray with layers of newspaper on and I also put a baking tray on the shelf above the cake, with an ovenproof bowl of water on it to keep the air moist in the oven. I also bought an oven thermometer to check my oven temp was accurate (it was). My oven is a fan oven, so I drop the temperature of a recipe down by 20 degs. Like the lady above said, I also put a disc of greaseproof on top of a cake if it appears to getting a bit too brown (although this doesn’t happen often now I put a tray on the shelf above). Doing all that solved my problem, hope it solves yours too!

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Hi Kookieskakery

You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get good cake pans. Thin pans, like those which can be purchased in supermarket are not much good for large cakes, they don’t have sufficient insulation and make cakes burn. A good cake pan should be heavy duty, preferably without a seam. Dark pans have better insulation but should still be lined with parchment paper. Larger cakes do better baked at lower temperatures for longer and oven temperatures should be set according to the type of oven you have. Most fan ovens should be turned down by 20 degrees but it depend on the manufacturers recommendations. You also have good answers above.