This weird-shaped cake pan is difficult to use when it comes to the step that I must line it with parchment paper. How should I do it properly so that the cake will easily be removed from the pan?

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    A pan like this would normally be greased and floured, but you wouldn't line it with parchment. After the cake is done, you might put parchment over the top to aid in flipping it out though...
    – SourDoh
    Jun 6, 2014 at 17:29
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    Do you have a specific recipe that's instructing you to line a bundt pan like this with parchment? If so, I'd figure they would tell you the trick at the same time...
    – logophobe
    Jun 6, 2014 at 18:13
  • @logophobe: There is this vanilla cake recipe that I use as my favorite recipe and it says the pan should be lined with parchment paper and greased afterwards.
    – Gigili
    Jun 6, 2014 at 19:19
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    @Gigili The recipe is probably assuming that you're using a flat cake pan. I have never seen a bundt cake pan lined with parchment.
    – SourDoh
    Jun 6, 2014 at 20:01
  • @Gigili : if it calls for using a 'tube pan', they likely mean a flat sided one, not a Bundt pan.
    – Joe
    Jun 6, 2014 at 20:46

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You can't effectively line a Bundt pan with paper. My favorite method is to mix cake release and keep it in the cabinet. It lasts for months and months. Just mix 1 part vegetable oil, 1 part shortening and 1 part flour (roughly, by volume). Brush that mixture in the pan, getting all the nooks and crannies. It doesn't make the mess that traditional flouring does, I always end up getting flour everywhere doing it that way. I think the mixed ahead release works better too. It also doesn't show up on the cake as unmoistened flour. With your non-stick pan plus the cake release, you'll have no trouble.

OXO makes a silicone pastry brush that's great for this and all kinds of tasks, I use mine all the time. It goes in the dishwasher, it's heat resistant, it doesn't shed. It's a very handy little item. Look for the strips of silicone in between the bristles with holes that hold on to sauce. You can see that in this picture using the magnification tool. OXO Pastry Brush

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    +1 for introducing the term "cake release" into my life.
    – logophobe
    Jun 7, 2014 at 14:44
  • Perhaps if you planned ahead you could make homemade paper using the pan as the mold, then impregnate it with silicon somehow... Yeah, I guess fat might work better. Jun 12, 2014 at 14:44
  • Do you heat/melt the shortening during mixing? How does one ensure that it is fully mixed well?
    – Phrogz
    Jul 17, 2016 at 14:39
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    @Phrogz. Nope, just mix it with a spoon. Do it once and you will see. It's slick (pun intended)
    – Jolenealaska
    Jul 17, 2016 at 14:46
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    @mrog No, it doesn't leave white residue. That's one of the huge advantages, even on dark devil's food cake.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jul 26, 2017 at 2:49

It would appear the pan is non stick, in which case buttering and flouring it should be sufficient. The only way to line it with parchment would involve using multiple separate sheets, which might cause weird batter leakages between the sheets.

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