Do i need a heating core for baking large cakes?

by Nancy
(Orchard Park, NY)

If I make a 10" cake, do I need to put a metal 'insert'(not sure what it's called) in the middle of the batter for even baking?

From the editor:

Hi Nancy,

Ideally, you should use a heating core for baking cakes 10" or larger in diameter.I have successfully baked 10" round cakes without one, but I wouldn't bake anything over 10" in diameter without a heating core.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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