Cooling a cake properly is crucial to the finished appearance of the cake. Different cakes require different cooling time. Most cakes, including butter cakes, must remain in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Sponge cakes must be turned upside down in the pan and allowed to cool completely before being removed or else the cake will fall. The cake pan will be cool to the touch when the cake is completely cooled. Full cooling of the cake usually takes 30 minutes.
Cakes Can be Cooled in a Hurry
Cakes can be cooled in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the cooling process. Cooling a cake in the refrigerator will make the cake cool enough for removing it from the pan and decorating in about 10 minutes. By placing the cake in the freezer it should cool and be ready for pan removal in about five minutes.
Cakes need to be cooled at least 10 minutes before being removed from the pan. Placing a cake in the refrigerator or freezer will speed up the cooling process and allow the cake to be removed from the pan quicker.