I wish I read this thread before I baked today.
Thank you, all, for your help with this endeavor.
I baked three 8 inch layers. I found I could place all three on one shelf since the pans were only 8” each.
Next time I make this I will surely bake no more than 2 layers and put the third in the refrig and monitor the temp so it doesn’t get too cold.
This cake seems to be similar to a foam cake. It baked at 325. Supposedly, it should have taken 25-30 min.
I rotated the pans mid-way. The pan which was in the back at the start of baking has the best color. The other two layers never attained a golden color on the sides. All three layers were golden on the top. After 25 minutes, one layer was done and the other two were like soup. I had to bake the two layers situated in the front 20 minutes longer than projected. I put the layer which browned the most on top because I felt the jelly glaze would drip on it more than the other layers and, hopefully, camouflage the color difference.
All three layers were encircled with cake strips. The cake that baked the best and was baked soon and had the best color was the one with Rose’s cake strip around the pan. The other two layers had Magi-Strips around the pan. All tops were level.
Sherrie, I should have just baked Rose’s cakes and tort them as you suggest. That would be the smart thing to have done. If you remember the discussion on cake knives a while back, I bought the AGBAY cake leveler/slicer. It would have been fun to tort since I don’t get all that much opportunity to use it . Not that these cakes are bad. If you like super sweet, this one is for you.
I don’t have a convection oven. My micro has a convection feature but I don’t know how to use it.
Thank you Julie, Charles, Prettycake, McBrownie, ~FRESHKID and Sherrie. I really appreciate your help. All this information is so valuable to me. Thank you!! I have all the Baked books. Their cakes are almost exclusively 3-layers. This is the first 3-layer cake I ever baked. This recipe comes from the book Southern Cakes. It is called the Mississippi Delta Jelly Cake.
Here are some pics of the finished cake. I know it is far from perfect but my family won’t even notice, I am sure. I am always concerned about the crumb and then my husband will take a piece of cake, put it in a cereal bowl and pour milk all over it LOL
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Edited to add: My husband could not wait for Valentine’s Day. As soon as he got home he wanted a piece. He loved it. His exact words were, “That is good cake”. After cutting him a piece and one for my son and one for my husband to take to work tomorrow, half the cake is gone. So I guess I will be making it again but I won’t bake the layers at the same time. Thank you!