I bake a lot of cakes. It’s kind of my thing. I even have a T-shirt that says, “Real Girls Eat Cake.” Because I want people to know that the reason I eat so much cake is that I’m real, and not because I have a problem. Although I may not be fooling anyone but myself with that shirt.
Anyway, because of all the cake-baking happening in my kitchen, I usually also have a can of Baker’s Joy or a bottle of Wilton’s Cake Release in my pantry because they make such an easy one-step job of greasing and flouring my cake pans, which nearly every cake requires. With a push of a spray nozzle or a swirl of a pastry brush, my pans are covered in seconds and there is never a pile of flour laying around my trashcan.
However, I can be kind of a tightwad, so when my friend, Suzie, sent me the link for a miraculous recipe to make my own “Cake Release”-type product, I was overjoyed. And let me tell you, it works SO much better than Baker’s Joy. And just as good as Wilton’s product at a fraction of the price. I’ve never had a cake slide out so easily, except when using Wilton’s Cake Release! It is very shelf-stable and easy to make, so I encourage you to whip up a batch to keep on hand for your own baking projects.
Miracle Pan Release
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Whisk thoroughly until everything is incorporated and smooth. Store in airtight container at room temperature. To use, dip a pastry brush or impeccably clean fingers into the mixture and spread a thin layer over the bottom and sides of pan(s) for any recipe that calls for “greasing and flouring” your pans.
*Note: you can make any size batch you’d like, just make sure all amounts of each ingredient are equal to each other.
Recipe source: Apron of Grace
OK, on a sort of unrelated note, I wanted to give a shout out to the Fairy Hobmother, who gave me a $50 Amazon gift card to replace my old nasty blender! I found out about her from Jenna, whose wish for a juicer was granted by the Fairy Hobmother (and yes, I did confirm that she received the blender, just to make sure this is on the level), and she mentioned that if anyone else wanted a chance to have their kitchen appliance wish granted, to leave a comment. I did, and I the Fairy Hobmother contacted me and now I have the $50 on my Amazon account, as easy as that! The Fairy Hobmother hails from an online appliance company for the UK, and if you too would like the chance to have your kitchen appliance wish granted by her, leave a comment here about what appliance you would like! She can’t grant all wishes, but grants as many as possible.
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The Fairy Hobmother is no longer checking this post and granting wishes.