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What do cake strips do?

I am making a red velvet cheesecake, and the chef said to use cake strips because it helps flatten the cake when making a double layer. I saw the strips go around the cake pan, but I fail to see how that works. How does it work? Nad is it better to use?

Here is what I am making

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake. Photo by Realtor by day, Chef by night

And yes its very GOOOD!

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Michigan-Mom74

Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 12:17 AM on Dec. 2, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 12:26 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I do not have access to look it up right now. I guess I should have asked if anyone here has used one, and if it worked for them
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 12:33 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I have not used one and will be interested if you do.
    Can you post a link to your recipe?
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:41 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I cannot do it yet, but I do remember where I got it from.. 


     www.food.com and type in "Red Velvet Cheesecake" and it will be the 2nd recipe down with a pic that looks like mine. There is a 1 layer and a 2 layer. The 2 layer is MUCH better.


    If you can wait for about 20, I can give the whole link.

    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 12:54 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I've used them and they keep your cake from rising too high in the center, makes the sides very smooth for ease of frosting and also makes a moisture cake because the strips keep the edge of the cake from over cooking.
    KTElite

    Answer by KTElite at 12:54 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • Thank you KT.. ☺
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 1:08 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I work in a bakery. We've tried them and imo they're not worth it. We use a knife and trim the tops of the cakes flat/smooth.
    idareyou

    Answer by idareyou at 1:12 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • When I worked in a bakery we did the same Idareyou. Another trick for frosting a cake is to freeze it first, no crumbs or cracks and it frosts beautiful. Then leave out to thaw.
    KTElite

    Answer by KTElite at 1:22 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • Thanks Michigan Mom. I subscribe to that site and I am going there now.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:24 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

  • I have to ask ... is that middle layer ICING????
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 7:23 AM on Dec. 2, 2013

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