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How to Get a Cake Out of the Pan

Unless you want to serve your freshly baked cake in a pan (not recommended), you’ll have to transfer it in one piece. We figured out how.

Photo: Leigh Beisch

1. Pull the cake out of the oven and let it cool on a rack in the pan. It’s important to let the whole thing cool completely (you’ll be able to check the progress by touching the pan) before you try to take it out.

2. Take a non-serrated knife, like a butter knife, and run it around all of the edges to loosen the cake.

3. Turn a plate upside down and place it on top of the cake pan. Then flip both of them at the same time so that the cake can land on the plate. At this point, if you’re not sure the cake is coming out, you can pound a bit on top of the pan.

4. Slowly lift the pan. If the cake doesn’t come out right away, flip it back over and use the knife around the edges again.

5. If pieces do end up sticking to the pan, do your best to mold them on top of the cake where they should have gone. Then cover the whole thing with icing -- no one will ever know! Frosting is a great disguise.

Now find out how to tell when a cake is done.

Nestpert: Pam Turkin is the owner of Just Baked Shop, which has four locations in the Detroit metro area -- they also ship all over the country.

-- Laura Schocker

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