DIY Baking Band

Try using a Baking Band to wrap around the outer sides of the tin when baking any cake, but especially rich fruit cakes!
 This helps to bake a flat-topped cake instead of the 'dome-shaped' ones I used to end up with!  

This shows a baking band or strip, made from greaseproof paper and damp kitchen towel folded and encased within it.

The band is secured around the cake tin with string.  This method helps to create a level top, for slow-baked cakes, like very rich fruit cakes.
The outsides of the cake do not bake too quickly, giving the cake mixture time to bake evenly all the way through, without the classic 'dome' top.  

You can buy fabric baking bands, but this is so easy to make!