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Monita

Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added 10 months ago

Hard to answer specifically without knowing what kind of cake. An egg white based cake with little or no flour will "fall" as it cools and that is expected. In a different case, the cake batter may have been too much for the pan used.

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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added 10 months ago

Where do you live? If at an elevation higher than 2000', you should be making adjustments for altitude. If that's the case, please tell me where you live, and I'll give you the adjustments for your elevation. Alternatively, it may not be completely done in the center.

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Shuna Lydon

Shuna is a pastry chef in New York City and author of the acclaimed blog Eggbeater.

added 10 months ago

Lots of cakes sink, for many different reasons. A little deflation is normal but a "well" in the center means something(s) went wrong. Check out what I wrote here, and tell us if you find your answer~ http://eggbeater.typepad...

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added 10 months ago

Betty Crocker's cake FAQ has helpful info:
http://www.bettycrocker...

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ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 10 months ago

W/o knowing details, it's hard to tell. Could be underbaked. (Check your oven temp.) Could be overbeaten. Could be altitude problems.

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added 10 months ago

I'm in the northeast so elevation is not an issue.This has happened with standard cake recipes and those with egg whites.I use oven thermometer to check convection temp as it sometimes runs hot and am careful not to over or under bake or overmix batter.Still occasionally my cake falls.

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ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 10 months ago

Are you over-folding your egg whites? Or are you folding (not stirring) them? That could be the problem.