Friday, 15 July 2016

Stuck cake? Here's how to (attempt) to fix it..

You can swear at it, threaten to hurt the cake and it's nearest and dearest, take a sledgehammer to it.. but as much as you may want to take that cake and throw it across the room there are thankfully some rather unusual ways to try and release that cake from it's tin prison.

We've all been there, even the most astute baker can fall victim to stuck cake syndrome, when the cake that you've spent so much time preparing and baking decides that it quite likes it's new tin home, and it's going to stay...

The first thing you take to doing is to wedge a knife right round the edges of that cake, but you may want to try a softer tool first; no we're not embarking on some kind of weird cake porn here, try using the humble rubber spatula to release your cake from it's tin prison. Run the spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen it, then turn the tin upside down onto a wire rack, hopefully this will do the trick, but there are some times when this unfortunately isn't enough.

There are times when that cake needs everything available throwing at it, not literally of course.. You could try leaving the tin upside down on a wire rack for a while, leaving gravity to do it's work, and sometimes it works perfectly, just leaving the tin upside down for half an hour can work miracles, then there are times when it just doesn't want to co-operate..

The next step in your cake release arsenal is to try an easier method than the often recommended towel trick on the 'net, because who's got time to soak towels and wrap the cake up in even more towels, when you've got cake that needs eating! Boil some water in a kettle and part fill a sink up with some cold water, adding the boiling water to fill, not too much, as you don't want to submerge your cake in water, just fill 1/4 of the sink to cover the base of the tin. Place the cake tin in the sink and leave it for 5 minutes, then use the same rubber spatula technique to loosen the cake. Dry the cake base off then tip the tin upside down on a wire rack, the heat should have helped to expand the tin, letting the cake drop out with ease.

Now, if this sadly doesn't work, it may be time to take a knife to that cake and give it a good wedge out of the tin, it most likely won't remain intact, but desperate times call for desperate measures, besides, at the end of the day that cakes going to get eaten, however it turns out!

There are however, other recommended techniques, ones that I haven't tried myself to whole heartedly recommend them, but you could try freezing the cake for several hours to remove it, or try the delightfully madcap Dame Edna tin snipping technique to release your cake... Hopefully though, my tried and tested techniques should work to help release that pesky cake, and remember, a good swearing session along the way won't harm either..