Non-Stick Baking Tips!
Updated: Mar 24, 2021
Have you ever put a lot of effort, time, money and love into a cake recipe only to have it be partially or completely stuck in the pan? It is such a defeating experience, especially when it happens for a second time. There are so many beautiful pans out there, but it requires a lot of care, preparation and luck! I wanted to share a few products and tips that have helped me get a successful cake removal each and every time.
I have not been compensated by these products in anyway. I simply want to share what works for me so that you have success the first time.
Sidenote: one cake gone wrong isn't the end of the world because it means you get to make cake pops! See my post on that for full details.
Once I took some time to experiment and add extra measures to ensure my cake didn't stick in the pan, it all turned out to be quite simple. The key to a successful cake removal is to create a barrier between the cake and the pan.
You will need two products to ensure a successful cake removal each and every time.
1. Baker's Joy
When using regular cooking sprays, it can leave a sticky residue on the pan making it difficult to clean and cause further sticking for cakes in the future.
The difference between a regular cooking spray and Baker's Joy is that this product contains flour. This helps create a barrier between the pan and the cake, while keeping your pan safe and reliable for future use.
To apply Baker's Joy, spray evenly and thoroughly throughout the pan. With a silicone pantry brush, brush it around evenly, ensuring to get into all of those cracks and crevices.
I had a difficult time finding Baker's Joy and ultimately found it in a local specialty baking store.
TIP: To minimize where the cloud of flour and oil goes in your kitchen, open the dishwasher and spray your pan inside the dishwasher door!
2. Ground Flax-Seed
The next step is applying ground flax. Not only are you adding an extra barrier for safe keeping, you are adding some omega-3's to your cake. Win-Win!
Once the pan has been thoroughly sprayed and coated with Baker's Joy, generously sprinkle ground flax inside the pan. Make sure to coat the inner sides of the pan and inner centre piece. To do this, add a generous handful of ground flax to the pan. Put the pan on its side and rotate clockwise, banging the pan on the counter or cutting board as you go. Once there is a thin layer of ground flax covering the entire inside of the pan, turn over the pan and tap the excess ground flax out of the pan. See image below for final result.
Once you have completed these two steps; I promise you, your cake will come out of the pan successfully and beautifully. See below for some other tips when working with detailed and intricate pans.
Other tips to ensure a successful bake:
1. After pouring the batter into the pan, bang it on a cutting board a handful of times to ensure the batter gets into all the cracks and crevices. This will also help eliminate any air bubbles. You may also want to use a toothpick or wooden BBQ skewer to ensure batter gets into those tight spots. NEVER use anything metal to do this as you may scratch the finish off the pan.
2. To eliminate the mound that can happen as the cake rises, preventing it from sitting properly on a flat surface, simply rotate the cake in a clockwise motion, tilting side-to-side. Do this prior to baking so that the batter bakes higher to the sides of the pan.
Check out my Instagram post from January 19th, 2021 to see a video demonstration of the steps mentioned above.