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I am trying to create a double layer 12 X 17 inch sheet cake. How do I get the cake layers out of the pan and placed one on top of the other in whole pieces without crumbling? I am using parchment paper which works great but having trouble getting one layer on top of the other.

  • Erm... More details, please? Did you already bake the cakes and they won't come out or do you need help in a previous step or...? – Stephie Jun 5 '16 at 19:05
  • @Stephie I added more information. I am trying to perfect the process before the main event. – mom Jun 6 '16 at 15:49
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  1. Let the cakes cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  2. Carefully run a table knife around the edge of the pan to make sure the edges of the cake are fully released from the edges of the pan.
  3. Place a wire rack over the cake pan, then invert the rack and the pan.
  4. Pull the pan off of the cake. Let the cake cool to room temperature.
  5. Invert the cake again onto some plastic-wrapped cardboard.
  6. Move the layers on the cardboard to your freezer for at least 2 hours. We usually bake the cake the day before and let them freeze overnight. We always had an upright freezer in the garage, and 2 layers would fit next to each other on one shelf.

When you pull the cake layers from the freezer, they'll be solid and reasonably sturdy, but you should still exercise care, using both hands to support them. It's perfectly fine to assemble and ice the frozen cake layers. I've never had a problem with them sweating as they thaw. But, there's no harm in letting them thaw a bit after assembling if you're worried.

Bonus: there are fewer crumbs when you ice a frozen cake.

  • What's your thinking on lining the pans with baking parchment? – dogwoodtree-dot-net Jun 6 '16 at 12:24
  • Lining the pans with parchment is a great idea. – Chris Bergin Jun 6 '16 at 15:40
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    Thank you for the advice. Does freezing dry the cake out? – mom Jun 6 '16 at 15:45
  • No, not that I've noticed. Maybe you could tell a slight difference side by side (I've never tried), but it certainly doesn't dry the cake out to the point where it's noticeable. – Chris Bergin Jun 6 '16 at 15:56
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If you line the pan with a piece of parchment that overlaps the edge, you can use it as a kind of handle when removing the cake (and the bottom will stay intact!).

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