How Long Should a Cake Cool Before Removing It From the Pan?

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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Based in Florida, Cara Ford has been writing since 1998. She writes as part of her role as an educator and had work appear for In-Gender and Blogger. Ford received the Highlands County Educational Foundation Grant from 2008 to 2010 and the Polk County Educational Foundation Grant in 2008. She holds a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.