Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cake 101:

How to Prevent a Cake from Sticking to the Pan

A little bit ago, one of my sister-in-laws called me frustrated.  She was trying to bake a cake for her son's school.  She had already attempted twice, but every time she tried inverting the cake onto a serving plate, the cake would stick to the pan, resulting in an ugly cake.  She was wondering if I had any tips or tricks to prevent her next and future cakes from sticking.  Yes, I sure did, and I'm going to share them with you today!!! 
YAY!  I know you're thrilled.
 First place your cake pan on a piece of parchment or wax paper and trace around the bottom of your pan.
 Like so.
 Then carefully cut out the paper.
 Spray your pan generously with non-stick cooking spray.
 Generously, making sure to get the bottom and sides.
 Now place your paper in the bottom of the pan.  If you traced and cut it right, it should fit perfectly.
 Pour in your cake batter, and cook according to your recipes directions.
Let your cake cool completely (or almost completely).  Run a spatula or a knife around the edges to loosen it up.  Invert it onto a plate and remove the paper.
 If you're using a tube pan, the easiest way to prevent your cake from sticking is to heavily grease the pan using a paper towel and shortening.
 Make sure to coat every nook and cranny.
 Now dust the shortening with granulated sugar, flour, or cocoa powder
Again make sure every ounce of the shortening is dusted. Shake off any excess.

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