Have you ever tried something that worked really well, only to stop using it for no apparent reason? Yeah, me too and I was reminded recently when flipping a cake out of an intricate cake pan. As I held my breath, I remembered that I had brought this apprehension on myself because I was no longer using a tried and true cake-won't-stick-to-the-pan method that I'd used a few years ago. When I employed this method, I never had concerns about cakes sticking, so I decided to go back to something that had never failed me before. I wanted to be sure I remembered the correct proportions, so I did a little searching online and the first to pop up was a blog entry from Apron of Grace.
If you're a baker, you probably already know about this "Miracle Mix", but those of you who need to be in on the secret--trust me, you need to whip up a batch of this stuff PRONTO!! All you need is shortening, vegetable oil and flour in equal quantities (I used 1/2 cup each), whipped to death.
Oh and to show you just how much I trust this stuff, I used it with a new recipe, in a much thinner pan than I normally use and the cake plopped out perfectly. Not a single spot even thought about sticking to the pan. See--
With the holidays bearing down upon us, I'm committed to eliminating all breath-holding situations when it comes to baking cakes for friends and family by cozy-ing up to my old friend Miracle Mix.