This can be everyone’s nightmare, right? You just spent 20 minutes mixing the perfect cake, 40 minutes baking it, and now it fell into pieces when you flipped it out of the pan. Frustrating! Well, here are the steps I’ve found to be helpful in successfully getting the cake out of the pan nearly every time.
First, coat the entire pan with Crisco. Grab a paper towel, give it a dip in the Crisco, and apply evenly to the bottom and sides.
Next, toss a small handful of flour into the pan.
Now, while holding the pan with one hand (preferably over the sink to minimize mess), use your other hand to tap the bottom and sides until the flour has evenly coated the entire pan. Your pan should look like this.
If you look closely, in the upper right hand corner of the pan, you’ll see a spot where the flour didn’t quite cover. This is because that spot got missed with Crisco. All you’ve gotta do is grab your paper towel with some Crisco on it again, and touch it up. Toss a little more flour in that spot and you’ll be good to go. See?
That’s the great thing about using both flour and Crisco. It assists you in finding your mistakes BEFORE you have baked the cake.
Now, using the cooling tips I gave you in my previous blog on cooling racks, you should be ready to flip the cake out of the pan. Before flipping it, though, I would suggest you take a butter knife and gently loosen the cake from the sides of the pan. Then, flip the pan quickly, hold it close over the cooling rack and gently tap the pan until the cake pops out. Hopefully, yours will look like this…
But on the few occasions that your cake doesn’t come out as planned, here are two back up plans for you. If your cake comes out like this…
…there’s still a chance you can save it! One clean break in your cake is way better than having multiple valleys going on. In this case, push the cake back into place and very gently put the icing on. Chances are, you’ll never know that the cake was split in half at one point.
But if your cake looks like this…
…then my best suggestion is to cover it in plastic wrap, toss it in the freezer, and count your self one step ahead next time you want to make cake pops. Cake gets crumbled up for cake pops anyway, so it really doesn’t matter how it comes out of the pan. You could try to salvage it by flipping it upside down on the cake board and hoping it stays together enough until it gets there, but it’s unlikely that you’ll have a good surface to work from.
I hope this helps next time you’re getting ready to bake a cake! No one ever likes to start over, but if you have to, just put it on your to-do list to learn how to make cake pops with your broken cake mistakes. You may have lost some time, but at least it won’t have been wasted!