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asked July 4th 2012

Madiera Cake

When using the newspaer as suggested, do you have to really soak it in water first? Will the paper not burn if it isn’t wet?

 

Thank  you.

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When using the newspaer as suggested, do you have to really soak it in water first? Will the paper not burn if it isn’t wet?

 

Thank  you.

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I use newspaper to protect my Madeira cakes whilst cooking and it has never burned, even without soaking.  The first time I did this, like you, I worried and spent half the cooking time looking in the oven but it was fine.

When using newspaper I put around 5 sheets on top of each other and then fold them in half (across the longer side) and in half again so the end result is equivalent to up to 20 sheets.  This seems to be enough to protect them.

Using paper really does make a huge difference – since I started using this method I have never had the edges of the cake overcook.

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I use the Wilton bake even strips, you soak those in water first, I got them in hobbycraft for half price. Just ensure you keep them away from the sides of the oven so they don’t burn. I love them.

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Mine never has  burht but smells a bit (don’t worry though).  Someone on this forum uses something like this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Regency-RW002-Evenbake-Cake-Strips/dp/B000I1UXUI

Jx

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On your recommendation jmilne I’m  going to try some! (I think it must be you I was referring too!)

Jx

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I love them! I have learnt the hard way tho with the edges of the oven (mine caught fire lol, I wouldn’t recommend using the multi tin :o) I put a bowl of water in the bottom of my oven as well as its suppose to regulate the heat throughout the oven meanin it cooks better

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Just found this.  Works for her (but I still might buy strips :-))

http://www.monkeysee.com/play/983-cake-decorating-three-ways-to-get-a-level-cake

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I was tool you could wet paper towels wrap them in foil wrap them around the pans and it does work

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Hi – Make your own bake even strips! Cut some tin foil at two and a half times the height you need – and the full length of the tin you are using (plus a couple of cm) Cut some newspaper the same length as the foil and twice the height you need. Fold the newspaper in half  (so that it is the height that you need) and soak in a little water – you need to make the paper damp all through, but not dripping wet! Place the newspaper strips inside the tin foil, fold the foil over the strips until it is sealed inside the foil. Wrap the strip around your cake tin and secure using a billdog clip – or similar! I have some pics of this – not sure i am able to upload them here, but happy to email anyone directly with the pics!

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I put a baking tray on top shelf of oven, a folded piece of newspaper under my caketin.  The cake tin is greased and floured and then the outside is lined with folded newspaper (which does not burn).  I generally put the paper just a tiny bit higher than the tin.

Also if your oven is fan assited then reduce the temperature by 20 degrees.  I bake mine at 140 degrees in a fan oven.

hope that helps 🙂 x 

 

 

 

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Thank you for taking the time to answer me.

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