Reach Incredible Heights

Better ovens, quality bakeware, and more precise cake recipes allow 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.
There are skeptics! Many people feat 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. More layers in less time is definetley a benefit.
The secret to using these deep pans is to treat them like a 4" deep pan, and not a 2" deep pan. Simple adjustments MUST be made.
Reach Incredible Heights With A 4" Deep Cake Pan
Adjust the temperature
No matter what the recipe says, adjust your temperature
down to 300F when baking in a four inch deep pan.
"Slow and Low" is the technique you want when baking with a four inch deep pan. Adjust your oven temperature down to 300F. Your cake will need longer in the oven, but with a cooler temperature the sides and bottom will not burn before the middle cooks.
Get some heat in the center
Use rose nails as mini heating cores to radiate heat
in the thickest part of your cake.
On cakes less than 9" in diameter, flower nails are the way to go.
  1. Fill the pan with batter.
  2. Float the flower nails with head of nail resting on the batter and nail pointing down.
  3. Remove the heating core or flower nails after baking.
On cakes 9"  in diameter or greater, 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!
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