Tried making a cake this evening. Note that this is hardly my first time baking anything. But it is the first time, AFAICR, that I’ve used a tube cake pan.
Instructions said “Remove from oven and immediately turn upside down over the neck of a glass bottle. Cool one hour.” Odd, I thought. But I found a wine bottle the appropriate size, and when the cake was done, I turned it upside down over the bottle’s neck.
Before I’d even stepped away from it, the cake fell, and is now a pile of chunks on a plate.
Don’t worry; I’m sure it will still be edible. And I try to always make cakes that will be just as good w/o frosting; in fact, I favor bundt cakes, which never get more than a glaze. Frosting is usually where most of the fat is, and I wasn’t sure I had enough powdered sugar anyway.
But…what went wrong? It sounded so outlandish, but that’s what the instructions said to do, so I assumed there was something going on that would prevent what common sense told me would (and did) happen. I’m sure I didn’t misinterpret the instructions. I scoured the recipe book for hints about bakeware and so forth, and they didn’t elaborate on the turn-upside-down-over-the-neck-of-a-glass-bottle method. FTR, it was a nonstick pan. So what should I do next time? Just let it cool in the pan right side up? Or decant it immediately, or what?