You’ve spent hours in the kitchen working on your next cake. Whether it be for a wedding, a birthday party or a company meeting, making a sweet treat takes a fair amount of time and effort.
That is, until you unmold it the wrong way and the cake breaks, ruining all your hard work.
Don’t worry; this isn’t a rare phenomenon. While cake molds are fun and creative ways to turn a bland cake into a jaw-dropping culinary creation, they can also cause some frustration if you don’t get the technique right.
Here are some expert tips to follow when using baking molds:
1. Line Your Pan Before Baking
Regardless of what dessert you hope to bake, lining your pan is an essential step. When it comes to cake molds, nonstick spray with flour tends to be the best choice, as it prevents the batter from mixing with grease. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the amount of spray you use!
Alternatively, you can also use parchment paper to line your pans. However, avoid using wax or foil paper on your silicone baking molds, as both are known to cause complications during baking.
2. Nonstick Pans & Molds Are A Cook’s Best Friend
Nonstick coating is one of the best tools for any kitchen, allowing you to unmold your cake without worrying about breakage. Use anything else and you risk your cake getting stuck to the pan during the baking process.
As a result, items such as our premier silicone molds are increasing in popularity thanks to their easy-to-use nonstick properties. Furthermore, cooking tools with nonstick coating tend to be far easier to clean, granting you more time to focus on your next great recipe rather than wasting your night scrubbing dishes.
3. Be Patient
You may be tempted to free your dessert from its silicone mold as soon as you hear the timer ring, but this is a major mistake. No matter how delicious it might smell, we recommend waiting from 15 minutes to an hour before you touch it. This allows the cake to cool and become firm, reducing likeliness of breakage.
Frozen desserts need a similar process; using a towel, you can coat the pan's edges with hot water until the edges are softened.
4. Loosen Its Sides
Your cake might still cling to the edges of your silicone baking molds even after they’re done cooling. To unmold them smoothly, dip a thin knife into warm water and loosen the cake around its edges, gently pushing towards the center.
5. Unmold It Using This Flipping Technique
Upturning silicone molds a few inches above a plate can cause your cake to break from the impact. Instead, place the plate over your cake with one hand and hold the mold's bottom with your other. Then, flip the cake so it rests on the plate’s surface and gently shimmy the mold away from the dessert.
If you’ve followed the tips above, you should have a beautiful (and undamaged) cake that’s ready to be decorated!