Preventing Cakes from Sticking to a Cake Pan

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It is extremely frustrating to spend the time baking a cake only to have it stick to the pan. This is a page about preventing cakes from sticking to a cake pan.


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Trace the bottom of cake pan onto wax paper and cut out the circle. Cut wax paper strips the height of sides of your pan. Coat inside and bottom with oil (I use canola). Put wax paper circle and strips inside pan. Pour in cake batter and bake.

When done, flip out cake onto cake plate. Do not let cake stay in cake pan and cool. Peel off wax paper slowly while cake is hot.

This is an old bakers' secret! Check out my previous tip for making your cakes level.

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I learned something very neat at my job the other day, since I work alone in the kitchen. I needed to make a cake and I did not want to stay to scrub this pan. I sprayed the pan with oil and placed a pan liner in the pan and then sprayed the liner with non stick oil as well.


I was amazed at how well the cake came out without sticking to the pan! All I had to do was pull the paper out with the cake and the cake just slides off the paper! It was so cool I did not have to scrub the pan. It actually saved me time.

By sadiena from Jacksonville, FL

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What is the easiest way to bake a cake without it sticking to the pan and spending all this time scrubbing the pan?

By sadiena from Jacksonville, FL


October 20, 20090 found this helpful
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I've always greased the pan the old fashioned way and then after removing the cake just simply soak the pans in water for about five minutes and it comes off easily with even your fingertips. Definitely no scrubbing and save money by not using extra or fancy products.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful
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Baker's Joy or store brand, works like a charm! I wouldn't try these for years because I didn't want to risk my cake possibly sticking to the pans.


I always greased and floured my pans the old fashioned way. I finally broke down and tried the sprays. They work great and so simple to use. Cakes pop right out of the pans with no problem.

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful
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I got this hint from some ladies in a cake club who swear by this recipe that works like a charm & I never use those sprays anymore.

Pan Release:
1 cup Crisco Oil
1 cup Crisco Shortening
1 cup flour

(I have also used no-name brands & they work well too.)
Use equal amounts of each to make the amount you will want. Blend together and store in an airtight container & spread on your pans with a pastry brush.
I personally use 1 cup of each & store the jar in the cupboard or fridge if the weather is too hot.
*The first time my daughter tried this method, the cake came out so fast it ended up on the floor!!*..I have never had one stick and the pan washes easily. Hope this helps..Dianne

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October 19, 2009

My cake stuck to the pan. I greased and floured the pan (Wilton 9 inch round). I just started cake decorating class and thought baking would be the easy part, I guessed wrong. How do I stop the cake from sticking? Now I have a clumpy mess of cake so I will have to make a new one. Any hints or advise would be appreciated. Thanks.


Janet from Ontario


Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I found if I wait for about a minute before I try to "depan" the cake it's less likely to stick. (01/26/2009)

By Judi

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

After your cake comes out of the oven lay the hot pan onto a wet dishrag and let the cake cool completely before attempting to remove it from the pan. (01/26/2009)

By Julie

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

You need to let it cool in the pan for about ten minutes before you take it out. If you leave it in too long, it will stick; but if you put it back in the oven briefly (to heat the pan), you should be able to get it back out.

Another trick is to line the pan with foil or parchment (just the bottom if you use parchment), and grease and flour that. Then if it doesn't slide out, you can lift the foil out and peel it. (01/26/2009)


By Jill

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

Before putting the batter in the pan, make sure you lightly grease the pan (I've always used Crisco) and then lightly flour the pan. The key is lightly so you don't add extra grease or flour to the batter itself. This works every time. (01/26/2009)

By me13

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I grease and flour the cake pans and I also cut two round pieces of parchment paper which I line the bottoms of the pans before I pour in the cake batter. (01/26/2009)


Cakes Sticking to the Pan

The easiest way to be sure the cake won't stick is spray your pan with Pam cooking spray, not the olive oil spray it does not work for baking. Once you have sprayed your pan just pour in your cake batter. You don't have to flour the pan, it won't need it at all. Let your cake cool about 10 minutes before turning out of the pan. Works every time. I bake a lot. (01/26/2009)


By Tiffany

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

The parchment and then letting them cool in the pans is the key. I let mine cool about 10 minutes. After they're cool, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze. They're easier to frost. A cake baker taught me this. Happy baking, and don't get discouraged. (01/27/2009)

By Keeper

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I always line my cake pans with wax paper. Just trace an outline of the pan and cut out. I still grease and flour the pan. A nice trick for flouring is to use flour for light cakes and cocoa for dark ones. (01/28/2009)

By Viki

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I use a can of spray called Baker's Joy and have never had a problem with a cake sticking. Works great. (01/28/2009)

By Joyce

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I have been making wedding cakes for many years and I also use the waxed paper rounds on the bottom. I also use the Pam Bakers Spray which has the flour in it. Spray the pans over the sink so it doesn't get all over everywhere, let the cakes cool on baker's rack. Then run a moist knife around the inside edge and flip over on the plate. Now peel off waxed paper and you have a clean, crumbless surface to frost. (01/28/2009).

By Barbara

Cakes Sticking to the Pan

I also took a cake decorating class and was told to spray my pans and then put a paper towel (with no design imprint) in the bottom. When you get ready to dump your cake, all the crumbs stick to the paper towel. (02/05/2009)

By L Ward

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