Remember this? This is the birthday cake I baked for Krissy this summer. What a mess. Look how the centers of the cakes rose so much higher than the sides that when I put one layer on top of the other, the sides fell and the whole mess got huge cracks in it.
I made Rob a carrot cake Sunday. And this time, I paid closer attention to the directions on the box.
Those directions, and some of you out here, told me that if I'm using dark cake pans, I should lower the temperature of the oven and bake the cake longer.
So I did. And look!
It works! The basic directions said set the oven to 350 and bake for 27 minutes. But the fine print said if you're using dark pans, lower the temperature to 325 and bake a little longer, using the wooden toothpick test to make sure it's done.
It only took me about 40 years to figure this out.