Homemade Cake Pan Release or Baking Spray. The very first step to getting a beautiful cake is to grease and flour the pan properly else you can forget getting your cake in one piece. Though it's a ridiculously simple step, if not done properly, there is always a danger of the cake breaking in half and falling apart while you invert it onto the rack or plate. All the hard work will go waste.
I saw this Miracle Cake Pan Release 2 years ago on Pinterest from huffington post and was really surprised that a pan release recipe actually exists and you can make it at home by yourself. Though I have heard about baking sprays and goops, I never thought that you could actually make an equivalent of that with just 3 simple ingredients that are already available in your pantry. It's also frugal and inexpensive compared to expensive things that they sell in super markets and above all, this actually works.
I made it last year but could not use as my oven died. So I gave it to my friend and she is still using it. So this one lasts for a year when refrigerated and will make a beautiful gift if your friend happens to be a baker.
Also I made a mistake last year by mixing all together and ended up spending a lot of time whisking them till smooth. The thing is, we get so many brands of Vanaspati in India and not all of them have the same smooth consistency. I used a grainy, coarse Vanaspati without giving it much thought, so this time rectified that mistake.
So whatever may be the brand you are using, follow this method to get a fool proof, smooth pan release that you can use to grease your Cake tins or pans. I'm sure a lot of you like me store eggs and butter in the refrigerator, so when taking them out to thaw, you can also scrape a little of this pan release from the jar and drop it in the pan you are going to bake. By the time you have the batter ready, it would have thawed fully and you can grease the pan with a pastry brush or with clean fingers.
Homemade Pan Release Recipe details below:
Homemade Pan Release
- Vegetable shortening or Vanaspati - 3 tbsp
- Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp
- All purpose flour or Maida - 3 tbsp
- Melt the Vanaspati in a bowl over low flame.
- Switch off the stove and drop the butter and keep swirling the bowl for the butter to melt in the heat itself.
- This will prevent the butter for turning into ghee.
- Let the mixture cool down.
- Add the flour and whisk till smooth.
- Transfer this Pan release to a clean and dry jar or bottle.
- Use it to grease your cake tins whenever a recipe calls for greasing and flouring a tin while baking cakes.