Like many of you, I am always trying to find an easy and more efficient way to bake a cake. From start to finish, making a beautiful cake from scratch can be a daunting task.
For me, one of the most frustrating steps was crowning the cakes. I would cut on an angle leaving my cake lopsided or cut too much off one cake causing my layers to be uneven; the list goes on. Plus, the amount of wasted cake, delicious as it was, just ended up going in the trash. This was my least favorite step until I found Wilton Bake-Even Strips.
Bake-Even Strips are fabric strips that wrap around the outside of your baking pan to help create a moist, level cake with no crowns, cracked tops, or crusty edges. Sounds like magic, but I can assure you it is simple baking science.
When a cake bakes, the sides bake at a faster rate because they are in contact with the hot metal. By creating an insulator with a damp Bake-Even Strip, the sides of the pan do not get as hot; causing the center and sides of the cake to bake at an even rate. This results in a more level cake; less crowning means less wasted cake.
For years, consumers have sworn by their Bake-Even Strips and never bake a cake without them. But Wilton has made them even better! Bake-Even Strips now come in a fun new color and have fabric fastening straps eliminating the need for pins. These straps work great for attaching multiple strips together to fit even your largest sheet pan. They come in two different variety sets, a 2 Piece Set and a 6 Piece Set, to work with your favorite aluminum and non-stick pans. And with the handy sizing chart inside the package, you’ll never have to guess which strip to use.
Best part is they are so easy to use. First, fit the dry Bake-Even strip around your pan and thread the strip though the fabric loops. Next, remove the strip from the pan and run it under cold water. Once saturated remove excess water by lightly squeezing; you still want them damp. Finally, place the strip back on your pan and tighten any loose straps. Now you’re ready to fill your pan and bake your cake.
I know I’ll never go back to baking a cake without my Bake-Even Strips. With them I can create a moist, even baked cake every time, and so can you!
To learn more about using Bake-Even Strips, please watch our quick video. Happy Baking!