If you bake a lot of cakes, keep this cake release recipe on hand to make sure your cakes come out of the pans easily. Easy pan release is only 3 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to whip up!
Cake Release Recipe
There is nothing more frustrating than taking the time to bake a bundt cake or layer cake…only to have it stick in the pan and fall apart when you turn it out onto a wire rack. All that work potentially ruined. Not fun! This easy cake release recipe will prevent all of those cake-flipping disasters!
How do you keep a cake from sticking to the pan?
There is one of my most-asked questions, and rightly so! One way is to grease a pan with shortening, then sprinkle it with flour. This works, but can be messy.
Here’s our easy secret: make a mixture of equal parts all-purpose flour, vegetable oil and shortening. Use a hand mixer (or mix by hand) to get it smooth and creamy. This is by far the easiest and most fool-proof method to helping cakes not stick to the pan!
How much cake release do I use in the pan?
You’ll want to grease the generously. Don’t be stingy with it. Get the goop in all of the cracks and crevices of the cake pan.
If I use cake release do I still have to flour the pan?
Nope! The flour in the mix is enough to help the cake release easily.
What can I use instead of shortening?
If you don’t want to use shortening, I’d recommend coconut oil. Because this has a lower melting point, you may want to add a touch more flour so it isn’t so runny. You can also use butter, but be sure you store the cake release in the refrigerator so it doesn’t go bad.
How do you grease a cake pan?
There are two general ways I spread pan grease on a cake pan. One option is a pastry brush. This helps get it in all of the cracks of the cake pan and keeps your fingers clean. This can be difficult of the mixture is too hard, however.
You can also just use a paper towel, which is nice because then you can just throw away the paper towel instead of cleaning a brush. Either way works!
Where do you store cake release?
We store our cake release in the refrigerator. Technically, if you use shortening you can store it at room temperature which will make it easy to spread. I like to keep mine in the fridge, though.
I like to store our cake release in these handy little snap top containers!
Cake Release Recipe
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
- In a small bowl, beat together the flour, shortening and oil with a hand mixer. The mixture will be thick.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.
**The calories shown are based on the 1 tablespoon of pan grease. (You're not actually eating the pan grease, but it will get in your cake. 🙂 ) Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.