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Emergency - cakes are in the oven! Joy of Cooking Sponge cake recipe error!! (ETA crisis averted)

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Thought I read through everything get to the baking instructions and it says: "Bake until the top springs back when lightly pressed and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean; about 2 minutes for two round pans, 40 to 50 minutes for a springform or tube pan." TWO minutes??? Surely they mean 20???

I can test for doneness but TWO minutes?! Baking for dear daughter's 10th birthday party this afternoon so no time for a do-over.

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  1. 20 minutes. The time stamp says you posted 20 minutes ago. Check your cakes now. They smell good from here.

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    1. re: Isolda

      LOL Thanks Isolda I needed that. Yes at 20 minutes they were done. Really glad I trusted my instincts and the toothpick test.

      On to the main menu while the cakes cool and the pastry cream thickens up in the fridge. All I need now is someone to put laundry away and pass the vacuum and it might look like I was prepared for today ;)

    2. 20 minutes isn't enough to bake a cake. Just check it after about 30 minutes to see if it has started to pull away from the sides of the pan/springs back when touched lightly/the cake tester comes out clean. I don't know what temp you're baking at and don't have the cookbook handy and that will of course make a difference in baking times, but unless it's a very flat cake 20 minutes won't do it.

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      1. re: Transplant_DK

        Depends on the cake, the pan, and the oven. I bake genoise in a half sheet pan in a convection oven and it's done in 18. But you're right, most thick layer cakes take 30 to 40.

      2. Wow. Two minutes... that must be some oven they have.