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My wife has been working on making a chiffon cake. The picture below is attempt number 10. She has varied the temperature of the oven, used a metal tray or no metal tray in the oven, and other factors. The cake rises and looks ok from the top, but it always has this weird form on the bottom. To me, it seems that a steam / gas pocket is forming possibly because the heat is too hot on the bottom. She says she has lowered the bottom temperature and the results are similar.

My question is what causes this to happen and what are some solutions?

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    Just to be sure: would you mind sharing the recipe and method with us? Welcome to Seasoned Advice! – Stephie Jul 3 '16 at 17:27
  • @Stephie Thank you. Let me add that in the morning – michael_timofeev Jul 3 '16 at 17:29
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I was just looking into trying this myself (after a disastrous attempt at bundt cake - tasted fine but broke in half coming out of the pan) anyway, I found a great site with lots of tips https://www.justonecookbook.com/how_to/perfect-chiffon-cake/ but what I also found, were other chiffon cakes where this had happened, and rather than it being a failure, people would decorate the groove with fresh fruit and icing sugar. So as long as it tastes good, just embellish it.

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