How to get out a cake that is stuck in the pan

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How to get out a cake that is stuck in the pan
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When a cake pan is not greased properly, the cake can get stuck. If the cake is forced out of the pan, it might come out in pieces or crumble. Luckily, there are a few solutions to the problem of a stuck cake. Be sure to practice patience and safety in attempting to recover the stuck cake from the pan. Here are a few techniques to try.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Freezer
  • Glass of hot water
  • Sharp knife
  • Spatula
  • Clean dish cloth
  • Wet dish cloth
  • Large spoon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Then, place the cooled cake in the freezer for 20 minutes.

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  2. 2

    Fill a wide-mouth glass with hot water and place the knife and the spatula inside the glass. Allow a minute or so for the knife and spatula to heat.

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  3. 3

    Remove the cake from the freezer and place the cake on a non-slip surface. Remove the knife from the hot water then wipe the excess water off the knife with a clean dish cloth.

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  4. 4

    Slide the hot knife around the sides of the chilled cake and continue until all sides have been loosened. Set the knife aside.

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  5. 5

    Remove the spatula from the hot water, wipe excess water off with the clean dish cloth, and slide the spatula through the loosened cake sides and underneath the cake, working towards the centre. Remove the entire loosened cake from the pan by flipping the cake over onto a clean plate lined with parchment paper.

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  1. 1

    Soak a dish cloth in cold water and ring it out.

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  2. 2

    Take the cake out of the oven and immediately wrap the wet dish cloth around the bottom and the sides of the hot pan, creating a steaming effect. Let the cake steam for a few minutes to help loosen the cake from the sides of the pan.

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  3. 3

    Use a knife to cut the sides of the cake down before sliding a spatula in and around the bottom of the cake to loosen it.

  4. 4

    Place a plate on top of the cake pan and gently flip the cake over and let gravity pull the cake down and out of the pan.

  1. 1

    Take the cake out of the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes, and then place the cake on a non-skid surface.

  2. 2

    Take a knife and cut around the sides of the cake to loosen it.

  3. 3

    Take a large spoon and tap the sides of the pan as well as underneath the pan to help loosen the cake from the edges. Once loosened, take a spatula and slide it down the sides and underneath the cake to remove it from the pan.

    How to get out a cake that is stuck in the pan
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Tips and warnings

  • Check the temperature of the oven when baking a cake and be sure it is set according to the cake recipe.
  • Next time, use shortening and flour to line the bottom of the pan or put parchment paper on the bottom so that the cake does not stick.
  • Work the knife and spatula slowly when dislodging the cake so that there is no harm to the cake.
  • Do not try to remove the cake right after it has been in the oven. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before attempting to remove the cake or it might break.

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