4 Ways to Save a Cake Stuck in the Shape

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4 Ways to Save a Cake Stuck in the Shape
4 Ways to Save a Cake Stuck in the Shape
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Unless you use a fat-filled recipe or grease the pan, your cake will stick wherever it touches the pan. A little effort and patience will usually solve the problem, but you can turn to other methods for cakes that stick too much.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Dropping the Cake from the Mold

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Step 1. Loosen the sides with a round-tipped knife

Use a spatula, if you have one, or a thin butter knife. Push knife vertically between cake and pan. Carefully go around the cake to loosen the sides. Stay as close to the edges of the pan as possible so as not to cut large pieces of cake.

  • If it's a cake for a special occasion, it might be better to try the other methods first, as this one tends to wreak havoc.
  • Slowly saw up and down if the cake has burned on the sides. You may need to go around the cake four or five times.
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Step 2. Peel the underside off with a flexible nylon spatula

Push the spatula down near the edge of the pan, just like you did with the knife. This time, do a prying motion as you go around the cake. The spatula should be flexible enough to separate the bottom of the pan dough.

  • Do not use force if cake is too stuck together. Skip to one of the other methods.
  • You can also use a thin metal spatula or a pizza spatula. Pour hot water into it so that the heat and humidity help the cake to take off.
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Step 3. Shake the cake on top of the tray

Place a tray over the form. Hold the two together firmly and turn them upside down. Carefully shake the pan until the cake falls out.

  • You can also flip the shape onto a grid. Put something under the grate to catch the crumbs.
  • If the cake is damaged, check the instructions on how to fix a cake.
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Step 4. Tap the base of the form

Hitting the base of the pan may loosen the cake. Hold the cake flat on top of the plate at a 45-degree angle when trying this method. If that doesn't work, turn the shape on its side and tap it on a surface.

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Step 5. Turn the shape upside down

If the cake has not yet come loose, it may come loose after the pan has cooled down. Place it upside down on the tray and cross your fingers.

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Step 6. Push the cake out (not recommended)

In most cases, it is ideal to try one of the methods below. If you don't have the time or the necessary tools, you can try to force the cake loose, but be warned that the dough will likely break.

  • Hold the cake in your hands or with a spatula while turning the pan.
  • Push the cake out using the round-tipped knife. This time, insert the knife diagonally, towards the center of the cake, so that it comes free from the base.

Method 2 of 4: Using Heat, Steam or Cooling

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Step 1. Fill a deep pan with hot water

It should be wide enough to accommodate the cake's shape.

If you don't have a large enough pan, dip a dish towel in hot water and wrap it around the base of the pan

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Step 2. Place the cake pan inside the pan with water

The heat will cause the metal to expand slightly away from the cake. Soak the pan for a few minutes and try to loosen the cake using the techniques above.

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Step 3. Use steam to loosen the cake

By absorbing steam, the cake will become wetter and “loose”, which can help to detach it from the mold. Boil the water in a pot or small saucepan, then turn it into a mug. Place the mug and cake pan in the microwave, in a cupboard, or any other enclosed space. Leave it there for a few minutes and try to loosen the cake again.

The microwave is only recommended because it is the ideal size to hold the steam along with the cake. Don't turn it on

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Step 4. Put ice on the base of the pan

Turn the shape upside down onto a tray. Place a bowl of ice on the base of the pan and leave for a few minutes. Try to loosen the cake with the techniques from before.

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Step 5. Freeze the cake

Allow the cake to cool at room temperature for an hour or so. Then freeze it for six hours. This will make it more difficult to destroy the shape of the cake and it may come loose from the shape. Run a butter knife along the edge to loosen the sides, even if you've already done this before freezing the cake. Hold the shape upside down and tap the base to see if it works.

Method 3 of 4: Fixing a Damaged Cake

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Step 1. Cut off the burnt layer

If the cake is burned, cut the burned part carefully with a cake cutter or large bread knife. Do not try to fix it with a second cut if it becomes crooked. You will end up crumbling the cake. Cover the broken part with cover as described below.

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Step 2. Place broken pieces on the bottom of the cake

Place the pieces that come loose from the dough under the cake. They will easily stick back to the cake if it's wet enough, especially if it's still hot.

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Step 3. Cover small gaps with coverage

Make a frosting and spread it over the cake on a flat surface. Layers of all types of icing can be used to fill holes and gaps in a cake.

Toppings based on sugar and water or milk are too thin and too liquid to cover gaps

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Step 4. Add the cake pieces with a sticky icing

If your cake looks more like a pile of rubble, you'll need a very sticky frosting to hold the pieces together. You can make a caramel, dulce de leche topping or try this brigadeiro topping recipe:

  • Mix 1 can of condensed milk, 3 teaspoons (15 ml) of powdered chocolate and 2 teaspoons (10 g) of unsalted butter.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stop when it gets a thick, tough consistency.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature to thicken the coating.
  • Place the cake pieces on top of each other, making them as close as possible to the desired shape. Cover the surface and flaws with generous layers of cover.

Method 4 of 4: Saving a Completely Glued Cake

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Step 1. Cut the cake into squares

Cut a series of squares into the shape, even if the cake is round. Use a large, flexible spatula to carefully separate the squares from the base.

Read on to find out what to do with the pieces stuck to the edge

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Step 2. Serve in the form

The easiest option is to add the frosting and serve the cake in the tin. The pieces will fall apart when serving, but the cake will look nice on the table.

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Step 3. Make cookies on a stick.

If you've broken the cake into pieces trying to loosen it, it's time for a change of plans: Make cakes on a stick. You can read these detailed instructions or try this simple improvisation recipe:

  • Combine the cake pieces in a large bowl.
  • Mix in cream cheese or butter cream until mixture has the consistency of uncooked dough.
  • Make balls from the larger pieces.
  • Dip in chocolate syrup and sprinkles (optional).

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