Learn how to line cake pans with parchment paper with this step-by-step guide to protecting your baked goods. Pictures included!
There is nothing worse than spending hours prepping, mixing, measuring, sweating, then waiting, only to find that my hard labor resulted in half a cake clinging to the bottom of the pan. Insert facepalm and tears: here. Butter alone doesn't give enough assurance that the cake will release. You get a little more assurance with butter and flour or even a good baking spray. But personally, I hate the taste and grittiness left behind with flour. Baking spray is cool but if I can avoid it I usually do because it's extra flavors in my food I just don't want or need. (I can't speak too harshly about baking sprays because, at this point, I'm dependant on them for bundt cake pans.)
A great solution to this cake sticking dilemma is to simply line the cake pan with non-stick paper. Simple? Relatively, yes. It's easy if you know how to do it properly. There are several ways to go about this but none, in my opinion, are as effective as this method. It requires 3 things. Four if you are like me.
- parchment paper
- cake pan
I'm a little extra with most things. This is no exception. I butter my pans before I line them. You don't have to. The purpose of the parchment paper is to keep the cake from sticking without the use of other stuff. Below are the steps I take to line my cake pans. I should mention that there is a method for lining the sides too. I will either add to this post or do another one at a later date. For now, this method will line the bottom.
Steps 1 & 2- Cut a piece of parchment paper a little bigger than the pan you're using. Fold it in half once.
Steps 3 & 4- Fold in half again widthwise making a square. Fold from the center crease into a triangle.
Steps 5, 6, & 7- Fold triangle two more times making a narrow point. Place point on the bottom of the pan at the center, making a small crease along the edge of the pan. Cut the parchment at the crease, revealing a small circular fan.
Final steps- Unfold and line the inside of the cake pan. The circle should fit perfectly into the pan with very little overlap on the sides.