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Why did my cake collapse? Overmixing?

Thanks4Food | | Mar 16, 2013 10:22 AM

Wouldn't you know--making a requested chocolate cake for a St. Patrick's day celebration (I know, I know, but that's what he wanted) and it has always turned out before.

The only difference this time is that I used my new Bosch Compact mixer and didn't know what "Medium" speed was when there are 4 speeds, so I did on 3--and boy, did it mix the heck out of it! Never having had one before, it's a bit hypnotizing watching it.

The other thing I did was open up the oven door to take a peek at the progress about 10 minutes before it should have been done because I was curious as to why it wasn't rising as high as it normally does. Next time I looked, I could see it had collapsed in the middle.

This is Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake, and I'm making it in a bundt pan.

I'm going to try again, but tell me what I may have done wrong. (The bundt cake is much prettier, but think I should play it safe and go with a 9x13 pan?)

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