I'm using a recipe from a video (see below), at the right temperature (350°F). I don't know what the problem is, but the edges are always burnt. Should I try putting the pan over a container with water?

Carrot bread recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cup of nuts


  • Preheat @ 180°C or 356°F
  • Bake 1 hour

More: my pan is 26x29

I have this problem when making brownies (following the box recipe).

  • From what video? Can you give us a bit more of an explanation? What is the recipe and method? How closely are you following them?
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 1:30
  • i'll edit my question
    – Ruben
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 2:05
  • @Catija updated! :)
    – Ruben
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 2:11
  • Is that the size of pan the video calls for? If you're using a bigger pan, then it'll be thinner and cook faster.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 0:22

2 Answers 2


Bake 1 hour

It seems that you are baking by the clock. This doesn't usually produce good results, you should bake until it is done. The time suggested in the recipe is a rough guideline, not the time when you should take it out of the oven.

Start testing for doneness when it starts looking good, and take it out when it tests ready. It doesn't matter how long it was in the oven.

You only have to start changing things if the edges burn while the inside is still raw, but this doesn't seem to be the case here.

  • Wow, really helpful, yesterday when i was making the cake, i take it out from the oven before the hour, and it was already done. I will make brownies today and i will follow your advice
    – Ruben
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 19:25

It's possible your oven thermometer is not calibrated. It's easy and cheap to buy a replacement thermometer instead of replacing the one internal to your oven. The Rubbermaid Commercial Stainless Steel Oven Monitoring Thermometer can be purchased on Amazon for $6-7.

I spoke with a friend recently who had a similar problem when they moved to an older home with a really old oven. He bought two different thermometers to test, and they both said the oven was at 525 F when the oven was set to 450 F. A temperature difference that large will substantially impact your cooking/baking times, and could easily lead to burnt bread and brownies.

  • Well, proably that can be the problem since my thermometer is not electric. But i think its fine, i mean, when i do cupcakes is not the same problem!
    – Ruben
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 19:02
  • The oven size is a factor?
    – Ruben
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 19:26

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