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I've been making and selling cakes for over 20 years, but I don't know how to solve this problem. Lately, when I remove the cake from the pan the edges look as if I carved the cake in. What can be causing this issue?

Mar - from San Diego, CA

As a cake bakes, it natually shrinks a little and pulls away from the sides of the pan; this actually makes removing the cake from the pan easier. The only issue I can think of is maybe you're cake is over baked. Make sure to check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer for accurate baking. Have you recently switched to a new cake recipe? Keep in mind, different recipes shrink more or less in the oven. This could be causing your problem.

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