Actually, this might be more of a great tip vs. a tutorial but either way, it's awesome!
A little back story first... I originally shared this way back in May 2010 over at AdventuresinSavings.com and linked it to WFMW. It was a huge hit then and since it fit perfectly here, I decided to re-shoot the pics and share it with all of my fellow bakers and cake fans!
So, a couple of years ago when I started doing cakes, I always just sprayed my pans with non-stick spray to prevent sticking...sometimes it worked, sometimes not. But then I discovered that parchment paper works miracles for preventing cakes from sticking (I know the rest of the world has known this for ages, I'm just hard-headed), I've been using it for almost every cake I bake! However, cutting all those circles can be a pain.
Until I discovered this little tip. One day back in 2010, my son Joshua saw me struggling to get a perfect circle to line my round cake pan. He stopped me and told me to try it this way! Yep, occasionally he's smarter than me, but we're not going to tell him that!. I think he saw it on the Food Network. Maybe you've all seen this before, but it is just ingenious to me!
Today I was using a 6" round Magic Line cake pan (one of my two favorite brands!).
Start with a square piece of parchment paper that just barely covers your round pan.
Then take that square and fold it in half diagonally.
And fold it in half again and again until you have a small pointy triangle shaped piece of parchment paper...
Now, flip your round pan upside down and lay your triangle on your pan with the center point of the triangle at the center of your pan.
Then cut off the excess, to make it smooth with the pan (or slightly inside the edge of the pan - I trimmed a little more off of mine).
P.S. This fine manicure job that you keep witnessing...that's courtesy of my 6 year old son Noah! I couldn't be prouder!
Then when you unfold it, it is a perfect circle for lining your cake pan!
You may notice now that the sides of my pan are now covered in Baker's Joy. I always spray a little non-stick spray in the bottom of my pan for the parchment to stick to and I cover the sides of my pans with it! Since I took these pics when I was really about to bake a cake, you can see it in my pictures!
See...it's perfect! And this works for me!!