Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Works-for-Me Wednesday (cake baking tip)
It's time to post a WFMW tip, but before reading this post, check out my 100th post. I'm hoping to get 100 posts linked and I have a long way to go. Spread the word, will you?!

And now, back to our regular program.

I love baking, and especially cakes. I love decorating cakes as well and I've taken 2 cake decorating classes in the past. Besides learning a lot about decorating cakes, I learned some tips about baking them as well. I'm going to share one of those tips today.

Before taking this class, I used to have the problem of my cakes sticking to the sides of the pans, especially the bottom, no matter how much non-stick spray I used. No more of that!

To prevent your round cake from sticking, follow these steps:

1. Take your cake pan (doesn't have to be a non-stick one) and liberally spread a coat of Crisco on the bottom and the sides.

2. Take a piece of wax paper and press it into the bottom of the pan, running your finger all around the circle to crease the wax paper.

3. Pull the wax paper back out and then cut along the circle created by the crease.

4. Put the wax circle back into the bottom of the pan and smooth it down with more Crisco.

5. Pour your cake batter into the wax lined pan and bake.

6. After the cake has finished baking and cooled, run a knife around the inside edges of the cake pan and gently lift the cake out. The bottom of the cake will come out easily, with the wax paper still attached. Don't forget to pull of the wax paper before frosting your cake!

And here's the finished product from my baking efforts this past weekend. We had friends over for dinner and I decided to bake a cake with 4 layers, filled with chocolate and white chocolate pudding and frosted with fudge frosting.

Needless to say, the cake was well received by all!

If you'd like to share something that works for you, please leave me a comment. And be sure to link yourself over at Shannon's, the host of Works-For-Me Wednesday.


11:34 PM

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE it when a cake crumbles when you try to take it out!

Sounds like a great way to do it.

Best of luck on getting the 100 links.

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Great idea!! My aunt always forgets to take the wax paper out of those frozen pie shells...It makes for an interesteing Thanksgiving :D

At 2:20 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

I do this,too! Great tip.:-)

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Beck said...

Excellent tip! I totally did not know to do this!

At 6:26 AM, Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds so familiar, I must have known it at some time! Thanks for reminding me!

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Thank you for sharing. I am going to have to try this one out! I took the cake decorating class over at Michael's and must have missed the tutorial :)

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Alotta Errata said...

I will definately be trying this. I hate when the cake sticks to the pan, it makes frosting it so much more difficult.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Now I am hungry =)) Great idea, I am going to try that next time.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Mama Duck said...

What a great tip, thanks for sharing!

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAAhhh...nice! Will have to try this! And, btw, I blame you for the overwhelming need to buy and eat chocolate!!!! Stop posting Chocolate things on here!! I'm weak I tell you, weak! It's not my fault. I blame everyone else...sometimes the addiction wins, there's nothing you can do but blame others! LOL!

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Barb said...

This does really work. New cooks will appreciate knowing this. And that's one pretty cake. Looks delicious!

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always have the sticking cake problem!!!

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

Definitely one to try! Thanks for the tip!

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Heather Smith said...

That cake looks delicious! I will have to try this wax paper thing! Great idea! I left my links at your 100th! Have a good one!

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Eagles Wings said...

My mom used to that when I was a kid, now I know why :-)
Thanks for sharing....

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I have seen it once before but had forgotten about it!
Thanks for the pictures, too!

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea! Your cake looks delicious!

At 8:17 AM, Blogger The Roaming Southerner said...

This is great! Thanks for the tip!

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a great tip! I always have that problem with my cakes too! and wow that cake sounds delicious!

PS - I don't know if you noticed, but I have tagged you :) It's below my TT post from yesterday if you didn't get a chance to see it!

At 9:36 AM, Blogger the lizness said...

that's a lot of work, but it sure saves frustration, I'll bet. delicious cake, my address is.... :)

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Mom2fur said...

I didn't know you could put wax paper in the oven. I would have used parchment paper, but this is a much better and cheaper idea! Oh, I took those cake decorating classes, too. I never could get the hang of those roses--all my roses come out looking like chrysanthemums. (I wish they didn't...'rose' is a lot easier to spell.)

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

thanks so much

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Mall Worker said...

wow! First of all, the cake looks delicious! Second of all, that is a great idea! I haven't baked in a long time but I always hated it when it stuck, now with this tip, it won't!

At 5:12 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Oh, yeah! That cake looks scrumptious! Great tip!


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