How to Keep Baking Tube Pans From Leaking

Written by kittie mccoy
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Tube pans are available in one- or two-piece varieties, but it's the two-piece pan that simultaneously can be a baker's best friend and enemy. Two-piece pans, which are often used to bake angel food cake, feature a removable bottom so that the cake can be extracted from the pan easily. However, this feature also makes the pan prone to leakage where the bottom of the pan meets the sides. Here is a simple way to make sure your batter is on its best behaviour while you bake.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking sheet

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  1. 1

    Tear off a piece of aluminium foil about 4 inches wider than the bottom of the tube pan. Place the foil flat on your countertop.

  2. 2

    Set the empty tube pan in the centre of the foil and firmly crimp the edges of the foil up the sides of the tube pan approximately 1 to 2 inches.

  3. 3

    Repeat this process to add a second layer of aluminium foil to the bottom of the pan.

  4. 4

    Place the tube pan on a large baking sheet to catch any small leaks that may get through the foil.

  5. 5

    Fill the tube pan with cake batter and bake according to the directions of the recipe you are using.

Tips and warnings

  • If a significant amount of batter is leaking from the pan, the bottom of the pan may be warped and need to be replaced.

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