I made a test cake to see if the xanthan gum would help hold it together better. I also used the bake even strips. The gum worked, the cake wasn't crumbly. I'm thinking the bake-even strips are making the cakes not bake completely through even though they look done. The cakes are sticking to the bottom of the pan even when I grease & flour them and with a parchment circle.
I will try again without the strips. It will have to be with white cake because I'm out of the stuff for red velvet until I go shopping again.
Here's my week for baking:
Friday: Ice Cream Cake
Saturday: Vegetarian Red Velvet Cake
Sunday: German Chocolate Cake