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Old 10-22-2004, 12:58 AM   #1
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Please help with lining cake pan with baking paper

I need to line my round cake pans with baking paper. My recipe book shows how it is to be done, by folding the paper into a cone, and then cutting it according to the radius of the pan. Unfortunately, the instructions are poorly worded, and the picture is confusing. I have been at this almost 3 hours, and I know I won't be able to sleep until I find the answer. Please, would someone be able to tell me how this is done? I know there may be another way to do it, but I do not want an approximation. I want to do it the RIGHT way and PERFECTLY. Please, my geometry and spacial manipulation skills are 0, so a highly detailed explanation is required, since I am obviously too stupid for the abbreviated one found in my book. I think I am going nuts. I want to sleep, but I can't until I know I can do this! :x

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Old 10-22-2004, 01:56 AM   #2
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have you tried a utility knife? just lay the paper down, put the pan on it, trace around the bottom of the pan, and put the cirsle of now-cut liner in the pan. trim little pieces as necessary till it fits just right.
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:37 AM   #3
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It's alright. I finally figured it out last night after I posted. It wasn't working because the paper I was cutting was not long enough. In case, if anyone's interested, here's how it's done:

Take a good sized rectangular piece of baking paper, at least as big as a half sheet pan. Fold the paper in half, using the short sides, and then again, also using the short ends. Then, with the long side facing you, take each corner of the short end and fold it to the long end, so that the two triangles meet in the middle, and you have one large triangle, with the point located where the center of the original half sheet used to be. Fold both sides in again, until you have something resembling a paper airplane. Then measure the radius of the pan, and measuring the same distance from the tip of the cone, cut at that point.
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Old 10-22-2004, 09:37 AM   #4
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I may not understand what you are trying to accomplish, but couldn't you just:
1). trace around the pan and then trim slightly smaller so it fits the bottom
2). measure the height and cut a long strip that width to use for the sides
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Old 10-22-2004, 09:41 AM   #5
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what's wrong with just greasing and flouring the pan?
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Old 10-22-2004, 10:04 AM   #6
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mudbug, I've found that lining the pan really gives good results, no more center of the cake sticking to the bottom of the pan. It's a little more work, but after you get the hang of it, you'll never be w/out parchment paper again. I bought the silpat mats for my cookie sheets though, and another for rolling pastry- very easy clean up, but I still have to sweep the floor after I bake anything. I think it's cause I'm always doubling the recipe and my kitchaid just hits that flour and it's everywhere. I've learned to lay a dishcloth over the top of the thing to reduce the wear and tear on my clothes!
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Old 10-22-2004, 10:09 AM   #7
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SC, I have and use parchment paper and my Silpat. l have insulated metal cake pans that seem to work pretty well without the paper, but I will give it a try to see if I get a diff result.

Being an non-mechanical type, I will just trace out the outline of the pan instead of attempting that origami thing jasonr figured out.

p.s. I know watcha mean about the flour mess.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:10 AM   #8
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It isn't possible to trace properly within the pan, because the paper gets crumpled, and it's almost impossible to make a clean cut. Tracing the outline of the pan on the outside won't work either, because it does not account for the width of the pan walls. If you do this, your circle will end up about 1/8 of an inch too large for the interior of the pan. Yes, I could surely improvise another way of doing it, or just go with the greasing and flouring alone, but that's hardly the point. This was what my book suggested, and it is clearly the most accurate and efficient way of proceeding. I'll be damned if I'm going to be defeated by a piece of baking paper, and a simple geometry problem that any pre-schooler should know how to solve!
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jasonr, I love your spunk & attitude toward this piece of paper!!
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:17 AM   #10
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I'll be damned if I'm going to be defeated by a piece of baking paper, and a simple geometry problem that any pre-schooler should know how to solve!
Darned tootin', Tiger! CHARGE!!!!!

Jasonr, this is one of many reasons why I dearly love being married to an engineer -- he can line a pan (using your method) in about 30 seconds and with a perfect fit every time. Darned handy that!

Keep at it. You'll have this mastered in no time!
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