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How to Get Flat Cake Layers

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How to Get Flat Cake Layers Blog post with all the instructions: https://preppykitchen.com/how-to-get-perfect-flat-cake-layers/ Few things frustrate me more than domed cake layers with burnt edges. I make cakes QUITE often so you can imagine I like things to go smoothly especially since I’m usually filming and sharing the results. When I first started out my cakes had a very “home made” look about them, the corners were rounded and they often sagged at the edge or even drifted off to one side. The taste was good but appearances matter so I would have to trim the top off of my domed layers to get a flat top but then you end up with extra cake and lots of crumbs! Eventually I realized the problem wasn’t with the recipe but the bake itself. When you bake cake layers the outside heats up and baked more quickly than the center, which is insulated by the rest of the batter surrounding it. So basically the outside of the cake layer bakes first; the inside of the cake layer has more time to rise and by the time the inside is set and baked through the outside is starting to dry out and burn. This is why you see so many cakes with dark edges which are not pillowy soft. Here's a link to buy the cake strips I use if you want to pick up a set: https://amzn.to/2LJdUDu SUBSCRIBE ►https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvYEid8tmg0jqGPDkehc_Q?sub_confirmation=1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ADD ME ON: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PreppyKitchen Instagram: http://instagram.com/PreppyKitchen Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/PreppyKitchen Website: http://www.PreppyKitchen.com
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Isabelle Jones (20 hours ago)
I would tear a bath towel in long strips as long and wide as the pan (2in overlap). Cut away any loose strings. Soak in cold water and wring out excess water. I use large upholstery needle to pin it together (all metal).
Brooke Sweet (1 day ago)
you are my hero. How have I never heard of this????!!?!??!?!?!!?
Thank you very much very useful video
su (1 day ago)
Xiomara Aguilera (2 days ago)
Hi. I just tried the cake strips THEY WORKED. You are a genius 💃💃 my cakes, look Fantastic. Thank you for this video.
tony francesco (2 days ago)
Can't wait to try this thx u✌
Holly Robinson (2 days ago)
I tried this. worked brilliantly! thank you! ps. you're adorable! more videos please ;)
carlric (2 days ago)
Madalina Potop (3 days ago)
Paul Goodier (3 days ago)
I like the caramelised cake outer skin! crunchy cake crunchy cake yeahhhhh!
Cathy Marker (3 days ago)
I've been baking uneven cakes for nearly 50 years, and I never knew why. I tried your foil method last week while baking a 3-layer lemon/blueberry cake for my mother-in-law's birthday. My family and I were amazed with the results. Perfectly level layers filled the pans from edge to edge with no nasty crunchy edges and no need to trim high spots or spackle icing into gaps. I will never bake again without using cake strips. THANK YOU!!!! My daughter wondered what this would do for brownies. I suggested that she try a batch & let us know. ;-)
Jen R (3 days ago)
So my mother, who's now passed on, would make her own "cake strips" using and old kitchen or bath towel (washed clean of course). She'd cut the towel down to fit around the cake pan and safety pin them at the ends. She did this since the 1970's. Easier and less complicated than tin foil and paper towels and cheaper than Wilton strips. :)
Rima Boulbina (3 days ago)
But you dont put any gram of sugar is that normal ?!!
Yamin Haniyah (3 days ago)
Learn something new everyday. God Bless!!!
jayhawkeye1961 (4 days ago)
I got hooked on your videos because of this topic! Last week, I was looking at a recipe on a really well-known baking blog. When I got to the photo of the sliced cake, I could see the tough edges and inwardly groaned that "ooh, shoulda used cake strips..." Thanks for keeping it real - and for making things accessible for us amateurs out here!
Kia Chandler (4 days ago)
Thank you so much for the great tips!! I made my own birthday cake from scratch. I used the foil and paper towel method since I didn't have cake strips, my cake layers have cooked evenly and nice! Thank you again!!
Elizabeth Lushai (5 days ago)
With your cake recipes my cakes come out flat every time even without the strips. Don't know how that happens anyways💖💖💖. Thanks alot.
Sarah Mughal (6 days ago)
New subscriber..!
I can't believe what a huge difference this makes! I tried out the paper towel and foil ones and wow. Thank you for this VIDEO! Flipping the cakes out after 4 minutes is also a game changer.
Katie Boone (6 days ago)
Officially convinced I need to buy cake strips. Thanks for informing me! :D
James Valenti (6 days ago)
I want to make a double layer 9" cake. I only have one pan though. I plan to cook one layer, set it out to cool, and then make the next one. Do I need to do anything to the aluminum cake strip after the first layer is done, or can I just throw it back into the oven for the 2nd layer?
Macy Bautista (6 days ago)
I suppose you'd have to re-soak the tea/paper towel inside.
SDH (6 days ago)
Cake strips are the best invention! we also used them in our Berry chantilly cake video, and it turned out amazing! great video!
Coralin Gorbea (7 days ago)
Hi there! Whatever your name is, Preppy! lol Does those strips work for more than two inches cake pans? I use a lot 3+, 4+ inches cake pans. Thank you, and I love your tutorials. :-)
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BeautifullAma (7 days ago)
Thankh you for this tip. I’m going to create a strip using tea towel and foil as I won’t get a delivery in time. X
Brigida Amezcua (7 days ago)
Hello sweetie!! question..if I use this strips I don't have to use syrup anymore????? Do my cakes will be moisture? And how long ahead I can bake them and not worry for them to get dry. Thank you 😘
Alyssa Dusoe (7 days ago)
OMG you just blew my mind and saved my daughter's birthday cake. Thanks!!
miunaex (5 days ago)
happy birthday to ur daughter !
RaJa 000 (7 days ago)
I love your gold tea pot set in the back ground and crazy about all ya copper utensils, omg that copper kitchen aid has been in my dreams for a long time, copper pots even longer. Where have you bought your treasures from? Much appreciated, Manulea
Eric Arimbuyutan (8 days ago)
Thanks for the tip!
Ronda Cassie (8 days ago)
I love this...
Sarah Smith (8 days ago)
My grandma and I both never knew of these!! Thanks for this. And she published a cookbook!!!!
Elizabeth Jones (8 days ago)
0:20 "...without having to cheat and pour sugar water on top.. I don't do that because my cakes are moist" ooooohhh shade 🤣💕💕💕
rifatara bipasha (8 days ago)
Can I use natural yogurt instead of sour cream?
Ann Snowden (8 days ago)
I love the tips but my favorite part of the cake is the crispy edges lol
Gabriela Quiroz (9 days ago)
What if I use a glass pan is it the same thing? And I still make the cake strip ?
Freindly Cannuck (9 days ago)
Tell you wat buddy. You definitely know what you're talking about, but personally I much prefer the dome cake with the rough edges. It has a stronger texture so I'm not to much into fluffy. For instance you would have to pay me to eat quiche. Hey to each his own. Just saying.
neelam wakadkar (9 days ago)
Wow it’s awesome technique , can we make it eggless sponge
Solace velesi (9 days ago)
Mind blown
lin kasrin (9 days ago)
Hi, great tip there. Thank you. :) what’s the cause then, when the centre part of the cake sunk~in?😅
Nita Nelson (9 days ago)
John, I baked using cake strips (red velvet cake preppy kitchen recipe), I had the opposite problem, my cakes didn't have a dome but there was a dip in the center. They looked as if they lost air or something, not sure if I'm describing it right.
jaki terry (9 days ago)
I made my own cake strips with tea towels and aluminum foil. They work, and you are a ROCK STAR!!! I made a 9" double layered lemon cake tonight. I took the recipe you have for the chocolate buttercream frosting, and modified it to a lemon buttercream to compliment the cake. Divine!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Geri Yue (9 days ago)
Cake strips.. never heard before.. and it is AWESOMEE.. 😍😍😍 Cool.. Big thanks for sharing it with us.. you're awesome too.. 😉
Thank You...Great demonstration...
Teena Donaher (11 days ago)
I have NEVER heard off cake strips! CRAZY!! Cant wait to tell my Mom.
StripeyJumpsuit (11 days ago)
could you bake it a little longer if you like the brown edges but don't like the dome? does that work?
ballista queen (11 days ago)
Can I use the homemade one more than once or do I have to make a new cake strip everytime a bake ?
meli 88 (10 days ago)
ballista queen he said u can reuse for about 5 bakes
Lisa Forte (11 days ago)
Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm making my own wedding cake and my first attempt was shallow and domed. Second time round with homemade strips they were taller and flat!! Thanks very much
A C (11 days ago)
Um,,,,,Im struggling with the fact that myself and most people on this forum have never heard of cake strips before....the struggle is real....Im struggling...
kim mcdonald (11 days ago)
Tip, instead of the strips you can bake in a water bath. Basically set your cake pans in another large pan filled with water but not going over the edge of the cake pan. Stops cakes in regular cakes and cheesecakes.
me alone (11 days ago)
this man is turning me on the way he talks. do u wanna come to UK to mine ?
Mahsa Afshar Keshtiban (11 days ago)
I love you. you've solved my problem. Such a smart technic and I did work. it's amazing.
T Cla (12 days ago)
I really like this guy
Delicia Abrahams (12 days ago)
My mind is blown!
caledonianclear (12 days ago)
Okay, so today I made this exact cake with the tin foil strips. I made two layers in larger pans though and doubled the recipe. Total disaster. Both layers came out flat and cracked and one of them fell apart when I tried to put in on the cake board. They simply did not hold together, so I really recommend making these in smaller pans (not wider than 20 centimetres). The foil strips expanded in the oven and loosened from the pans. However, they are DELICIOUS! Moist all they way through and melt in your mouth.
M. K. (13 days ago)
AHHHHH! I'm in love!
Jewel justjewel (13 days ago)
well i like the dome-
how about square pan
Claudia González (13 days ago)
En español plis
sarah jones (13 days ago)
Very helpful video. I'm a baker and have never heard of cake strips. Just goes to show we never stop learning.
Dilini Fernando (14 days ago)
Thank you 😘
Dream _er (14 days ago)
Wow thankyou for this I’ve never heard of cake strips before I’ll sure be using them in the future now
Nikki G (14 days ago)
Wow, thanks so much for this tip! I'm pretty new to real baking and don't really have the money to buy a lot of extra things so the tinfoil/paper towel hack is awesome. I hate domed cakes and I hate the browning on the edges even more so bye to that! :)
Alison 10 (15 days ago)
Would I be able to replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt?
Preppy Kitchen (15 days ago)
Pip (15 days ago)
I haven't baked a scratch cake since High School home-ec. Whaaat...Cake strips?? Amazing, invention or intervention lol. Loved watching this & even subd ♥️
Pip (15 days ago)
I feel utterly inspired. You may have broken the decades long spell of no-baking !!! {who was that glassed man, baker enchanter? lol}
Can you use them on glass baking pans?
Row Deo (15 days ago)
Please make a hot milk cake!!!!!
Preppy Kitchen (15 days ago)
That sounds good!
Karthiki Divakarla (15 days ago)
Fabulous Tip. It Really solved my long time problem. 😱thanks
Preppy Kitchen (15 days ago)
Lucia Williams (16 days ago)
Will the same concept work on a stone pan? How about a loaf pan?
Adam Johnson (16 days ago)
Wow. Way to call out Yolanda Gamp in the most nonchalant, passive agressive way known to man. XD
Moury Jahan (16 days ago)
Hi John!I'm a bit worried about the baking time.Do I have to increase the baking time while using the wet strips?and one more thing is....Is this trick applicable for sponge cakes too?
Italy-Sistine (16 days ago)
Great tip about the foil an paper towel 👍
Fikile Lembede (17 days ago)
Thank you sow much can't wait to try this method
Anna Nguyen (17 days ago)
mikey yt (18 days ago)
This dude has some moist cakes
Preppy Kitchen (18 days ago)
Liz McCullough (18 days ago)
Circumference? Use your words 😂 but legit trying this
Nuradila Syuhada (19 days ago)
Do we need to change the wet paper towel again everytime we want to bake another batch?
Julia Mihajlovich (20 days ago)
This is life changing!!! 🙌🏼
Jacinta (20 days ago)
Mind blown! I will never make cakes without cake strips again! Thank you SO much!! 🤩
Shakia Brown (20 days ago)
Patrick Ribeiro (20 days ago)
Best video ever, I was blind before
Preppy Kitchen (20 days ago)
Thanks Patrick!!!
Marleen Cothran (21 days ago)
Thank you so much for this!!!
Catherine India (21 days ago)
Does the pan strip work for cheesecakes?
Jade Dinh (21 days ago)
Thanks for sharing
Mushk Haq (21 days ago)
U r so cute 🙈 I was looking u more interestingly rather then seeing cakes oooops
she D (22 days ago)
I wonder if there are secret tips too in getting flat- or even-top cupcakes. My cupcakes are always overly domed :D
Ar Sk (22 days ago)
Is it right to use aluminium foil in convection mode???
jasmeen khan (22 days ago)
Hiii. Can this recipe also be used to make a 2 tier naked cake? Or will the layers be too moist and fluffy to hold?
Agnes Goretskiy (22 days ago)
Wow genius idea for baking strips!
peecharple (23 days ago)
Jamie Rathbun (23 days ago)
Thank you!!!! Oh my gosh, I bought some of those cake strips several years ago and completely forgot about them (obviously I don't bake cakes enough😂)! Mine came with pins to adjust the size and hold them on. I love the updated version! I can't wait to start using them again.
Marianne L (23 days ago)
Life changer!!!!
Martha Amador (24 days ago)
The best tips ever on flat cakes! I’m made my first time vanilla cake from your archives and I also used your tips. It came out perfect cake! Also delicious 😋
Misty Raine (24 days ago)
I have never seen a cake that was so moist out of the oven it bounced. Clearly I’ve been making my cakes wrong, I blame my mother. 🤣🤣🤣
Billie Wilkinson (24 days ago)
Could you make a hexagon cake!!
Ginger Bread (24 days ago)
Wow thank you so much!! What a difference :-D
Victory IsMine (24 days ago)
I love it!!!!! I love that you care about the ingredients too. Thanks for sharing!!
Liesjamz (24 days ago)
I should really be working right now. But thanks, learnt something new!
Misbah A. Mahmud (25 days ago)
Wow! I have been baking cakes for a few years and have never understood why my cakes just look sad (like the control!!) i am so glad i watched and learned from your video! Please keep teaching :)
Is this also applicable for rectangular cake pan?? 🤔🤔
Rumaizah Bar (25 days ago)
Omg such a life saver!

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