Put a generous dollop of grease on one side and get a grip on the opposite side, keeping your hand clean. Use This Technique for These Recipes 1 / 40Taste of HomeSandy's Chocolate CakeYears ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. She has also written for various online publications. But, most of the time, I don’t want to risk it. Stretch a piece of parchment long enough to fit the pan. Having baked more cakes than I can count, I can tell you that one of the most frustrating things in the world is not being able to get a cake out of the pan. The cake is perfectly baked and has risen beautifully. It's a year-round favorite. Don’t grease all the way to the top of the pan. I like to use Wilton Cake pans that at least 2-inches deep, and preferably 3-inches deep. Christine loves to read, curate, sample and develop new recipes as a book editor at Taste of Home. —Kathryn H. Davison, Charlotte, North CarolinaGet RecipeTaste of HomeChocolate Spice Cake with Caramel IcingI found this recipe back in the late '80s and knew it was a special cake. The amount of flavor imparted by greasing the pan with butter is minimal if not down right undetectable. You can follow your recipe, or do all of the steps here to be extra sure your cake won’t stick.). If you’ve got a spray with flour in it, you can skip ahead to No. If you’re all out of butter or margarine and your cooking spray can is empty, no worries—there are a few simple substitutes. Another case where you might not use flour, even if the recipe directs you to do so, is when you're baking brownies or chocolate cake. Not sure what kind of cake to make? Choose between butter or shortening to grease your pan with. I was just thinking about clarified butter. In general, if you coat pans with a generous layer of shortening and then coat the inside with flour, you should be good no matter how moist the cake is. Nos partenaires et nous-mêmes stockerons et/ou utiliserons des informations concernant votre appareil, par l’intermédiaire de cookies et de technologies similaires, afin d’afficher des annonces et des contenus personnalisés, de mesurer les audiences et les contenus, d’obtenir des informations sur les audiences et à des fins de développement de produit. 3.  But the idea of greasing is simply to make it easy to get the cake out, not to try and create another layer of flavor, so it seems wise to use oil in the first place and avoid the possibility of sticking all together. So, the best way to grease a pan is to use shortening or vegetable oil (either poured into the pan or sprayed) and spread it around into all the corners to ensure that every inch is covered. (Who swipes a whole cake?) Informations sur votre appareil et sur votre connexion Internet, y compris votre adresse IP, Navigation et recherche lors de l’utilisation des sites Web et applications Verizon Media. —Judy Lamon, Louisville, TennesseeGet RecipeTaste of HomeCookies-and-Cream CakeIf you like cookies-and-cream ice cream, you'll love this cake. Butter will impart the cake with a touch more richness and flavor, but will also cause the sides of the cake to brown a bit. Shake some flour around inside of the pan to coat. The filling is similar to German chocolate cake. It's also an essential step for cooking many foods on the stovetop. But I have to say my favourite way of getting a cake out is to butter and flour the tin. If you're using baking spray with the oil and flour combined, simply spray the whole pan and be done with it. —Patricia Kreitz, Richland, PennsylvaniaGet RecipeButter Pecan Layer CakePecans and butter give this cake the same irresistible flavor as the popular butter pecan ice cream flavor. But it paid off. The verdict: Use butter if you want to. —Kathleen Smith, Overland, MissouriGet RecipeTaste of HomeSouthern Lane CakeI just love this southern-style dessert, and so do dinner guests. It makes up about 20% of the total weight of butter, and any place where your pan is coated with water - as opposed to fat (the other 80%) – is fair game for cake batter to adhere to. Should I still grease and flour them? To keep the batter from actually sticking to the dry sides, you should grease pan. —Megan Moelbert, Springville, NYGet RecipeTaste of HomeLemon Ricotta CakeThis recipe is a family gem that was passed down from my grandmother and mother. Danilo Alfaro has published more than 800 recipes and tutorials focused on making complicated culinary techniques approachable to home cooks. Spray the entire inside of the pan with baking spray, making sure to spray the tube as well as the sides and bottom. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New JerseyGet RecipeTaste of HomeSpiced Devil's Food CakeOne of my mom's friends gave her this recipe when I was a child and it has been a family favorite ever since. Butter will impart the cake with a touch more richness and flavor, but will also cause the sides of the cake to brown a bit. Each time I used different pans; round, bundt, and loaf pans. When it comes to greasing pans, vegetable oil and shortening are actually better choices. I hadn’t thought about the water issue with butter. When you unfold the paper, you’ll have a circle the size of your pan. The only real challenge in lining a pan is cutting paper to fit. A: You know the phrase “trust, but verify”? Try avocado oil or canola oil in a pinch. If your pan isn’t adequately greased and lined, your cake will definitely stick. It's best to grease just a few minutes before you add your batter, especially if your kitchen is warm. But, if the cake sticks to the bottom there’s not much you can do. Of all the hundreds of things that can go wrong when baking a cake, yours looks fabulous. —Tammy Bollman, Minatare, NebraskaGet RecipeTaste of HomeCoconut Italian Cream CakeI’d never tasted an Italian cream cake before moving to Colorado. Great post, Nic. With an airy texture and heavenly coconut-ginger flavor,it's a lovely end to meals throughout the year.Get RecipeTaste of HomeBrooklyn Blackout CakeIf you love chocolate, you will LOVE this cake. —Linda Yeamans, Ashland, OregonGet RecipeTaste of HomePumpkin Pie CakeNo one will guess this showstopper dessert with luscious cinnamon frosting starts with a mix! Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. But, if you’re a new baker, this might not always be the case. —Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, AlaskaGet RecipeContest-Winning Chocolate Potato CakeI won grand champion honors in a potato festival baking contest with this moist chocolate cake. Shortening works well for baked goods and for cooking on the stove, too. Fold into another triangle, again with the folded sides together. Doing it too soon gives the oil or fat time to drip down the sides of the pan and pool at the bottom. There's no need to spray or grease underneath the parchment. These recipes often call for some additional leavening, such as baking soda and/or baking powder, to help with rising, and don't rely on gripping the pan sides to rise. In baking, it's not always clear whether (or even how) you should grease your pans beforehand. Save bacon grease in a jar and store it in the refrigerator. Lard is virtually tasteless, so it's good for both baked goods and pan-fried foods. Because flouring the pan can leave a floury residue on the surface of the finished cake, you might not want to use flour if the finished cake will be served naked (without frosting or glaze). Required fields are marked *. If you’re thinking that you WOULD maybe risk it because greasing the pan with butter will add another layer of flavor, this is really unnecessary. They may not impart any extra butter flavor to the “crusts” of your cake, but they are both more effective at preventing cakes from sticking than butter. I’ve done this a time or two out of shear laziness. Grease the empty tin with a little butter on a piece of clean kitchen towel. Then, use a sharpie to trace the bottom of the pan. Yep, you’ll want to grease the lining.

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