How To Line A Pan With Parchment Paper

How to Line A Pan With Parchment Paper

From Izy Hossack | Everyday Delicious | Hardie Grant, 2017

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Wondering why you need to know how to line a cake pan with parchment paper? Because one day you’ll be perusing recipes and happen upon an irresistibly lovely cake recipe and as you scan the instructions you’ll stumble upon the words “Line the cake pan with parchment paper cut to fit.” The first time you encounter this command, you may be a touch flummoxed. That’s okay. You also may be tempted to omit this step. Don’t. It guarantees your cake will come out of the pan as a single stunning creation of butter and sugar rather than a sad heap of chunks that stuck to the pan. And lest you find yourself concerned about not exactly being gifted in the arts and crafts department, rest assured that being able to line a pan with parchment paper requires all the dexterity of a kindergartener. You just need to know what to do. Fortunately for us, blogger and cookbook author Izy Hossack is exceptionally adept at explaining how to accomplish this simple little kitchen trick. Here’s how she goes about it. Like what you learn? It’s just one of several how-tos that she shares in her latest and loveliest cookbook, Everyday Delicious–Renee Schettler Rossi

How to Line a Cake Pan 1 1. Turn your cake pan upside down. Cut a square of parchment paper a little bigger than the bottom of your cake pan.


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2. Fold the parchment square in half to form a rectangle.


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3. Fold the parchment in half again to form a small square.


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4. Then fold the parchment in half one last time to form a triangle.


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5. Place the triangle on the upside-down cake pan, positioning it so the thinnest, longest point is in the center of the pan.


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6. Grab your scissors and trim the parchment paper to fit the pan, using the edge of the pan as a guide.


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7. Unfold the parchment. It should fit the cake pan perfectly.


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8. Turn your cake pan right side up and smooth the circle of baking parchment into the cake pan. See how easy that was?!



    1. Great tip, Sara! They are also perfect for greasing a pan, usually just the right amount of butter to skim over a cake pan.

  1. That’s a wonderful trick to know but 8″ & 9″ parchment circles are also available for sale and just too useful not to have on hand.

    1. Yep, they are spectacular, rainey, thanks so much for the reminder. Although those who don’t bake often may not want to invest in them or may be caught off-guard by a last-minute cake craving and need to know how to line their pan NOW!

  2. Back in the olden days…
    We used the brown paper bags our groceries came in. They were going into a hot oven–nothing bacterial or insect-erial would live. No one had heard of using parchment paper for baking! So, we cut open the grocery bag, flattened it out, and set the cake tin on the paper. Then we took our scissors (the kitchen scissors, not the good dressmaking shears) and opened them up to use one blade as a scribe to circle the tin and mark where to cut. And then we cut. A circle. Or 2 circles at the same time if we were planning a layer cake. Into the pans they went, cake batter poured over the top, and everything baked together and came out very nicely. I’d suggest you try it, but these days if you opt for paper bags at the store the bags are probably made of poisons and noxious fumes would be emitted.

  3. I have a more impromptu method.. I have been placing the parchment beneath the cake pan and just taking a pen/pencil and circling the outside of the pan, then cutting it a little inside the line. Voila. :) Not as perfect but it works

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