Homemade Pan Release {Baking Spray}

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Quite a few months ago I had a post on my facebook page about running out of Bakers Spray.  Lots of smart and seasoned bakers chimed in, and almost half of them suggested this weird thing called GOOP.

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

I was Weary.  Anxious.  Apprehensive.  And that was just because I was watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Man last season was stressful! Any Theresa fans?

But on to GOOP.

I tried it.  I loved it.  Its cheap.  Its easy.  It works.

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

 

The recipe is beyond simple:  take equal parts flour, a vegetable oil, and shortening.  Blend them together.

Thats it!

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

 

To use your ‘goop’, simply grab a pastry brush and spread a generous amount around your cake pan.  I re-loaded my brush about 3-4 times for one 8 in cake pan.  One thing that I am conscious of is the sides, I do not go all the way up the sides.  Try to only put the goop up as high as the batter would be. (about an inch)

If I use it all the way up the sides it tends to coat the cake around the edges as it bakes.  Not a problem per say, just a preference on my part. :)

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

Homemade Pan Release {Baking Spray}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup oil (I used canola)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in medium bowl and whisk well by hand. The mixture will be smooth and creamy.
  2. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
  3. When ready to use:
  4. Dip a pastry brush into mixture and spread over bottom and sides of cake pan.
http://iambaker.net/homemade-pan-release-baking-spray/

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

Tips for success:

I have used this with success on all types of cake batter, thick and thin.  However, some people suggest using more ‘goop’ with chocolate cakes and runny batter.

I whisk my ingredients by hand, but you can certainly use a mixer.  If you use a mixer the ingredients will still be creamy, but will be slightly fluffier right away.

For the most part I do not allow the cakes to cool to room temperature in the pan, I try to remove them from oven and then invert them to a cooling rack.  In my experience, when the cakes were allowed to completely cool to room temperature in the pan they did not release as well.

Be generous with the goop.

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  When I left mine on the counter for an extended period of time it seemed to separate faster.  If you find the mixture separated at all, simply re-mix.

You can easily halve or even quarter this recipe.  I used the above recipe in about 5 months.  (I bake a lot.)

"Goop" ~ Homemade Pan Release.  Cheap, Easy and Effective!  You must try this recipe!

This is one of my most requested “recipes” because it truly works. Once you try it you will be hooked!

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  1. Rosanne Russell says

    Pretty much the same as the old fashioned way. Spread a thin layer of shortening in your pan and dust it with flour.

  2. Karen says

    When your cakes have cooled too long in the pan, turn on a stove burner, set the cake pan on the burner for a few seconds to gently heat the bottom of the pan and the cake will come out like it’s supposed to.

  3. Victoria says

    I can’t believe it. This stuff actually works. I tried it out with chocolate cake and using my worst cake pan to test it. Waited until the cake was just warm in the pan, turned it over and it came right out. Guess what I’m keeping in the fridge now. Thanks for a great tip!

  4. Kgomie Peters says

    Hi, I’m from South Africa and shortening isn’t a product we have here. Is there an alternative to shortening I can use?

  5. Maureen says

    This can be used with chocolate cake… but does it leave any white marks on the finished cake? Would it be OK done with cocoa powder?

  6. says

    Perhaps you grease pans for baking with butter or oil, or perhaps you ve discovered the joy of specialty baking sprays with a little bit of flour built into the mix.

    • Joycelyn says

      The point of the homemade pan release (been using it for years) is to save money on baking sprays that are overpriced for what they are..

  7. says

    Amanda…thanks so much for this recipe! I live inthe Dominican Republic right now and can’t always get the great things like I see at home…..to be truth

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