Please Release Me! {Food for Thought}

by Chrissy


Hello, hello! We bring you another Food For Thought post. We hope you enjoy the tips and tricks.

Englebert Humperdinck is famous for his song, “Please Release Me,” and I always sing that tune when trying to get my cake out of the pan! There are so many theories and opinions as to the best way to prepare a cake pan in order to release it so it comes out perfectly. I have typically used a couple of approaches including the usual PAM spray and the tired and true butter and flour. Of course, if there are specific instructions with your recipe, I would heed those.

But I’ve come across a few more that I wanted to share with you to ensure a beautiful cake for you!

Raw Sugar & Butter – Really grease that pan with room temp butter and then coat the pan with raw sugar. Dump about ½ a cup into the pan and move it around until you get full coverage. This also gives a tasty addition to your cake.

Nonstick Sprays – There are several out there, and they all appear to get the job done perfectly. Bakery supply aisles in your craft store should have a selection, and your grocery store should as well. And of course, your favorite cooking store will have something for you too.

Homemade Nonstick “Goop” – The recipe is amazingly simple.  Take equal parts flour, a vegetable oil (canola is good), and shortening, and blend them together. To use your “goop,” simply grab a pastry brush and spread a generous amount around your cake pan.  Reload the brush about 3-4 times for one 8 inch cake pan.  Caution: do not go all the way up the sides.  Try to only put the goop up as high as the batter would be otherwise it tends to coat the cake around the edges as it bakes.  

Homemade Nonstick Blend {for Baking}

1 cup flour
1 cup shortening

Place all ingredients in medium bowl and whisk well by hand. The mixture will be smooth and creamy. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
When ready to use: Dip a pastry brush into mixture and spread over bottom and sides of cake pan, just up to where batter will go.


Bringing you some food for thought, from the Little Yellow Kitchen!

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One Comment to “Please Release Me! {Food for Thought}”

  1. Hi Lauren & Chrissy! This and the greens & feta tart you have posted look waaaaaay too good. Making my mouth water :) Hi Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster Awards on my blog :) Hope you’re well!