Baking cake on top rack

I just made marcella hazan's walnut cake. it says to bake for 45 min.s on the top 1/3. i had baked it before and was satisfied with only 20 mins. today i tested it at 15. it was done, but the most inner part fell apart so i will go with 20 mins. (i cooled it in the pan for about 20 mins). curious as to why the baking time is half what i was told it should be and why the directions are to bake on the top third which is contrary to other baking

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Emmie
Emmie May 22, 2018

It's possible that your oven runs hot. Do you have an oven thermometer? As for why it uses the top third, I haven't seen the recipe, but perhaps it wants more of a crust on top.

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Emily
Emily July 9, 2018

Follow your instinct. If it works on the middle rack, there's no reason you can't bake it there. My worst baking mistakes have happened because I trusted a recipe when experience was telling me the opposite.

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