Take another look at the sentence:
Larry stuck a dead grasshopper in the cake batter and then put the pan into the hot oven to bake. He planned to serve a slice to his little sister Stephanie, who had tore his favorite basketball jersey.
Tear is an irregular verb; the chart below shows its forms.
|Verb||Simple Present||Simple Past||Past Participle|
Put, the verb you chose, is perfectly correct. Before you continue, review the rules for irregular verbs.