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Preparing a cake pan is a very simple step in making a cake. It’s so simple that even a baby can do it. Well maybe not a baby, but it’s just that simple to do. There’s also several ways to prepare a cake pan.
You can use a nonstick spray such as cake release to prevent cakes from sticking to the pan. That method works really well when it comes to easily removing your cakes from the pan. However, the edges of the cake tend to cook really fast causing the cake to have a hard surface.
You can also try using a butter brush to grease the cake pan with vegetable oil or vegetable shortening and then dusting it with flour. This method works as well, but it may leave excess flour on the edges of your cake and it can also cook very fast as well.
But one method that I found to the best out of the three is using parchment paper. Parchment paper is truly the best to use when it comes to easily removing your cake from the pan.
Another great factor to using parchment paper is that your cake will evenly bake on the inside as well as the outside of the cake. Your cakes will have a golden brown look on the outside with a soft texture.
How to line a pan with parchment paper
- Cake pans
- Parchment paper
- All vegetable shortening
Step 1: Folding the Parchment Paper
To get started, you will first tear off one piece of parchment paper for each cake pan that you will be using.
Next you will stack the pieces of parchment paper together and fold them in half. After folding them in half, you will then, fold it in half again. Now you will fold it in half for a third time and it should look like a triangle at this point.
Once you have a triangular shape with the parchment paper, you will then place the parchment paper on the back of the cake pan.
Place the point of the triangle directly in the center of the cake pan with the edges towards the side of the pan. It will look as if your parchment paper was the size of a cake slice.
If you’re trying to cut the right size of parchment paper for a cake pan that’s not round, you can simply lay the pan on top of the parchment paper and using a pencil, trace the shape of the cake pan. This will help you get the exact shape for the cake pan.
But please keep in mind that if the bottom of the pan is not fully lined with parchment, that it will still release from the pan. It’s best to make sure that majority of the pan is lined with parchment paper for an easy release.
Step 2: Drawing a line to cut the Parchment Paper
Now you will draw a line on to the parchment paper across the edge of the cake pan. Using your scissors, cut on that line that you traced on the parchment paper.
Step 3: Unfold the Parchment Paper
After you’ve cut at the line, you can now open the parchment paper and you should have liners for your cake pan. Now you can use a butter brush to grease the pan with shortening.
Step 4: Grease Each Pan
After the pan has been greased with shortening, you can add the parchment to the pan.
Step 5: Securing the edges of the Pan
If you would like to make sure that the whole pan is cover in parchment, you can cut out strips of parchment and add it to the sides of the pan so that the cake is fully covered in parchment paper.
Now that was easy!
At this point, you can add your cake mix to the pan and proceed with baking your cake. This process may be a little time consuming but to speed up the process for the next time that you bake a cake, you could cut out several pieces of parchment paper in different cake pan sizes to have on hand. This will make things much easier and that’s what I’m all about, I’m pretty sure you all can agree with as well!