Tips + Tricks: How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

To kick off January, I mentioned wanting to switch things up a bit around here this year. One of my primary objectives for 2014 is to take The Sweetest Occasion to the next level by not only sharing parties, recipes, projects and ideas that I hope will inspire you to celebrate more in your every day life, but also working to provide you with the tools to get there, breaking things down and showing you just how simple it can be to live a party-filled life. Part one in that effort is this new little how-to series. Every other Thursday I’ll be sharing one of my go-to tricks or tips with you. These are all simple, easy things I find useful in my day to day world that I hope you might find helpful, too, whether it be kitchen tricks or entertaining tips. First up, today I’m sharing how to get a cake out of a pan without it sticking! (Because you know there ain’t nobody out there who likes a busted up cake.)

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

I started making homemade cakes for my friends’ birthdays back in college. I was the first one who had my own apartment and while funds were limited, I loved baking a cake and jazzing up my tiny abode with bunting made from scraps in the studio come time to celebrate a birthday. While I’m not a cake decorator by any stretch (I like them simple and tasty more so than all jazzed up with sugar flowers), I’ve made a lot of cakes in my day. Learning how to get the darn cakes out of the pan without them falling apart was the first step in becoming a cake-baking whizz and I’m happy to report that it’s crazy easy to do.

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Shortening or butter
  • Flour

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

Begin by stocking your kitchen with parchment paper and vowing never to live without it again. If you haven’t yet discovered the wonders of parchment paper, consider this part one in your education. Using a pencil, trace the bottom of your cake pans onto the parchment paper and then cut them out. I cut just inside the line that I traced to ensure a nice fit, but no worries if your circle isn’t perfect or if the size is off a bit. There’s room for error here!

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

Next up, place the parchment paper circles in the bottom of your pans and grease everything with shortening or butter. I find both work perfectly and while I generally reach for the vegetable shortening, I’ll use butter if that’s all I have in the house. Don’t put it on too thick, just grease everything with a skim coat and call it good.

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

Now it’s time to flour your pans! Even when a recipe only calls for the pans to be greased (versus greased and floured), I always grease and flour cake pans. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of flour into the bottom of your pan and then rotate the pan to ensure both the bottom and the sides are floured. I usually work with the first pan over the second so the excess falls right into the second pan.

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

And it’s that easy! Now it’s time to load your pans up with the batter and bake ‘em up. Once you pull the cakes from the oven, allow them to cool slightly for 10 – 15 minutes. I usually toss mine on a wire rack so the bottom of the pan cools a little quicker. (And, yes, I’ve been known to toss them in the freezer for a few minutes if I’m in a time crunch, but slow and steady is always the best policy with cakes if you can manage it.)

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

After the cakes have cooled slightly, grab a rubber spatula and run it along the edge of your pan to release any areas that may have stuck a bit. Then simply tip the pan over, tapping the bottom slightly to release the cake. I usually do this directly into my hand and then set the cake back onto the wire rack to finish cooling, but you could also tap it out onto your counter and then transfer it to the rack. Remember to allow your cake to cool completely, as in 100%, before frosting. Otherwise, your frosting will melt and get all ick instead of sitting up pretty on the cake. And, you know, ain’t nobody out there who loves a cake with icky frosting.

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

How to Get a Cake Out of a Pan

I hope you find this new series helpful! As we go along, be sure to chime in and let me know if there’s some nagging thing that just drives you absolutely nuts. (Like toilet paper hung the wrong way on the holder. Which just drives me bonkers. But I don’t have a trick for avoiding that one, sadly.) If I don’t have a trick, I’ll try to do some experimenting to figure out a solution to include in a future post. In the meantime, cheers to non-busted cakes!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Three Pretty and Pink Things

Three Pretty and Pink Things

I’m popping in rather late with today’s post – a little pretty and pink inspiration for your Wednesday afternoon. I spent the morning visiting my grandmother in the hospital where she’s still working to recover from the major surgery she underwent on Friday. She’s had a few complications so I wanted to take some time to just be there with her this morning. Luckily, things are really looking up today and I find myself incredibly grateful that she’s such a fighter. That said, this afternoon I’m scrambling a bit to play catch-up so I thought I’d keep it short and sweet so I can tackle some work that needs doing for the rest of the day. Just three pretty things that have caught my eye recently. You can’t go wrong with gorgeous flowers, something bubbly, and pink glazed donuts for a mid-day pick me up, now can you?

[Photos: 2 Brides Photography via Wedding Sparrow | Joylicious | April Carter from Maison Cupcakes.]

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Wardrobe Refresh: 10 DIY Accessories and Fashions

10 DIY Accessories and Refashions

I don’t know about you, but this time of year as winter starts to show promise of being as long and dark as always, I get the itch to freshen up my wardrobe. It’s such an easy way to brighten things up. That said, I’m pretty sure not one of us is chomping at the bit after the holidays to spend loads of money on new things. That’s where today’s wardrobe refresh come from! I’ve rounded up a collection of beautiful DIY accessories and fashions perfect for perking up your closet without breaking the bank.

From a pretty polka dot scarf to embellished heels you’ll want to rock every chance you get, click through for 10 DIY accessories and fashions that will elevate your look all year long!

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A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

You guys know by now that I love a good dinner party. Those gatherings of friends, good food and plenty of laughter that are really just about celebrating the every day. That’s what this gorgeous dinner party is all about. Shared by Veronica Lola, this rustic dinner party was a Friendsgiving celebration that Veronica and her husband hosted for their closest friends at their home on a horse farm in suburban New Jersey. I love all the pretty details from the felt acorn place cards to the gorgeous hand lettered menu to the cornucopia of flowers, radishes, artichokes and turnips gracing the table. But what I love most of all? The warm, cozy vibe that Veronica and Paige from Gilded Lily Events created for their closest friends. Don’t miss the gallery for all the pretty details!

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

A Rustic Farm Dinner with Friends

[Event design + styling by Gilded Lily Events | Calligraphy by Mary Kate Moon | Photography by Veronica Lola Photography.]

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Win a $200 Shopping Spree from Luna Bazaar

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