If you’ve ever made a cake or a batch of muffins that sticks to the pan when you try to take them out, we are going to show you exactly how to grease a cake pan to keep this from ever happening to you again. No more cakes that stick. Be gone, we say!
How to Grease a Pan
Prepping a cake pan is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do in the kitchen to help ensure your cake or muffins won’t stick to the pan. If I had a cupcake for every time I inverted a cake onto a cooling rack only to have a big chunk of it stick to the bottom or side of the pan, I’d be even fatter than what I am today. The solution to keep this from happening is super simple.
Here’s what you need:
- Some flour
- Some butter (or shortening)
- A cake or muffin pan
- Parchment paper
- A pen or pencil and a scissors
Cake Pans and Baking Pans
There are as many different types of cake pans as there are batters that go in them. Craftsy does a great job of describing the only 10 pans that any baker needs to own. How many of these do you have? We get a tiny commission from any of the links below if you want to grab one on Amazon.
Here’s how to grease and flour a pan
- Start by using a small amount of room temperature butter or shortening. Using your finger tips, spread a thin layer of the buuter throughout the bottom and sides of the pan. Be sure to cover all inside surfaces of the cake or muffin pan. if you prefer, use a baking spray such as Pam. I prefer butter to use for greasing a pan because of the extra flavor and I’m a (dairy) farm boy at heart.
- Put a table spoon of flour into the cake pan and give it a tap-tap-tap. The flour will stick to the greased surface and help create a barrier between the wet batter and the sides and bottom of the cake pan. When the cake pan is evenly coated, take it over to your sink and gently bang the excess flour out of the pan.
- When using round cake pans, you’re going to want to add a layer of parchment paper to the bottom of them. To do this, just trace out a pattern of the pan’s bottom on a sheet of parchment paper. Then, use your kitchen scissors to cut it out. You can see our kids doing it when they baked a beautiful marble cake for one of their brother’s 15th birthday. Some will advise you to grease and flour the parchment paper too.
I hope you that this find this guide on how to grease a cake pan helpful. Sometimes baking can seem overwhelming and many of you probably have never even attempted to bake a cake from scratch. That’s all understandable because there are a lot of different steps involved. Take them one at a time. Grab yourself some cake flour and other ingredients and make yourself a cake!
Trying to decide on a good cake recipe? Here are some of our favorites!
- Boston Cream Cake
- Blueberry Crumb Cake
- Cranberry Swirl Semolina Cake
- Blueberry Cake with White Chocolate Pudding Icing
- Ginger Cake with Mango and Brandy Glaze
How to Grease a Cake Pan
- Use fingertips to spread a thin layer throughout inner surface of cake pan, making sure to cover both the sides and bottom of the pan.
- Place flour in the pan and tap it around to cover all the inner surface of the pan. Give the pan a sharp tap over your kitchen sink to discard excess flour.
- Line bottom of cake pan with parchment paper as described above.