Help The Cake Spilled Into The Oven

published by mphsglo on Dec 4, 2011

We all have done it at least once. We decide to cook a cake, everything is going perfectly, but, then we smell burned cake all through house. The cake has spilled into the bottom of the oven. Don’t panic, your cake is not lost and neither is your oven. Learn the best way to handle cake spills in the oven.

So, you thought you would create a special treat for dinner.  All is going fabulously.  The cake mixed up just right and the batter is in the pans and placed in the oven.  The timer is set.  Coming close to time for the cake is to be done, you decide to check on it, or worst yet, you smell something burning.  The kitchen has an aroma of charred cake; not a pleasant scent at all.  Definitely, not the smell you want to live with for the rest of the day and probably a week.  But, it’s happened, the cake has spilled into the bottom of the oven.  Now what?

First of all, don’t panic.  So what you have a big whoopie pie in the bottom of your oven?  All is not lost; the cake can be saved and your oven as well.  

What happened is you put too much batter in the cake pan.  Lesson learned, you know not to do that when you cook with that pan again.

Now, you need to removed the cake from the oven, then, scrape the spill out of the bottom of the oven.  However, before you do that, I suggest you cover the smoke detector, because there is going to be a lot of smoke when you open the oven door.  And let’s face it, you don’t want the neighbors to know you are cooking again.

Next you want to carefully, remove the cake from the oven.  Try not to disturb it too much, because more than likely, it’s not finished cooking.  Once removed, you are going to want to scrape the spill with a metal spatula.  Please don’t use a plastic one, or you are going to have a fresh new problem.  Amazingly, the cake spill comes out rather easily.  You suddenly, discover a new way to cook cake, because giant whoopie pies taste just like cake.  But, I don’t suggest actually cooking a cake that way again.

Now, that spill is cleared and the racks are scraped as well, you will want to return the cake back to the over to finish cooking.  This time place something under it, just in case it not through spilling.  A layer of aluminum foil will work nicely.  Check if cake is done  by inserting a skewer or knife.  If it comes out clean, then, the cake is done.

This morning, when this happened to me, I allowed the cake to continue dripping off before I removed it.  I wanted it to cook as much as possible before I picked it up, but, I was still conscious of the fact that cake was burning in the bottom of the oven and I didn’t want it to turn into a fire.  I am happy to report that my oven survived, as well as my cake, which is surprisingly very moist and tasty.

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by SharifaMcFarlane
    December 4th, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Lol, glad to hear yours was still tasty.

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