How to line a cake pan with parchment paper explains why you need to take this extra step of ensuring a nonstick surface. The result is a no-fail approach to turning out the cake in a single stunning round without any sticking to the pan.
From Izy Hossack | Everyday Delicious | Hardie Grant, 2017
Why do you need to know how to line a cake pan with parchment paper? Because one day, you’ll be perusing cake recipes and happen upon an alluringly lovely specimen 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 either flummoxed. You also may be tempted to omit this step. Don’t. It creates a nonstick surface that guarantees your cake comes out of the pan as the stunning creation it was intended to be rather than a broken pile of clumps that stuck to the pan.
Rest assured, lining a cake pan with parchment paper requires all the dexterity of a kindergartener, so even those of us who aren’t exactly gifted in the arts and crafts department can accomplish this with ease. 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.
1. Cut a square of parchment paper
Turn your cake pan upside-down. Then cut a square of parchment paper a little bigger than the bottom of the pan. You want the parchment to extend slightly beyond its edges.
2. Fold the parchment paper in half
Fold the parchment square in half to form a rectangle.
3. Fold the parchment paper in half again
Fold it in half again to form a small square.
4. Fold the parchment paper in half yet again
Yes, fold it in half again. You should end up with a triangle of sorts.
5. Place the tip of your parchment triangle in the center of the pan
With the pan still upside-down, position the parchment paper triangle so the thinnest, longest point is in the center of the pan.
6. Trim the parchment paper along the curve of the pan
Grab your scissors and trim the parchment paper using the edge of the pan as a guide, cutting it ever so slightly smaller than the pan.
Unfold the parchment. It should fit the cake pan perfectly. Tada!
8. Line that pan!
Turn your cake pan right side up and smooth the circle of baking parchment into the cake pan. See how easy that was?!