Here’s an easy quick tutorial on how to cut parchment round paper to line the bottom of your cake pan!
When I bake cakes, I love to line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. It means I don’t have to worry about the cake sticking to the bottom of the pan, possibly ruining the cake layer. But unless you buy a bunch of parchment paper rounds, it can be kind of annoying to have to cut out a parchment paper round if you don’t know how to! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to cut out a parchment round for the bottom of a cake pan.
Place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper. Using a pencil, outline the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan and you should have a circle.
Fold the paper in half, lining up the circle halves so they match. Then fold the half paper in half again, lining up the circle outline so they match. You should have a piece of paper that is in quarters.
Cut the paper on the outline. Unfold the paper and you have a paper round that fits perfectly in the bottom of the pan! But don’t discard the remaining parchment paper! You can use it for another use…which I’ll tell you in my next kitchen tip!
Why fold the paper, not once or twice, but why at all? You’ve drawn a circle, so just cut around the edge of the circle. Easy-peasy.
Also, since you’ve got one of those pans with the wider base, you need to guess where the end of your pencil is under the base, and hope it’s actually lining up with the cake pan itself. Wouldn’t it be easier to turn the pan upside down and trace around the rim, ending with a line that matches the inside of your pan?
Jeff the Chef says
I’m with you, Tom. Maybe it’s a little easier to do the cutting on the folded paper. Less cutting. I usually just cut around the line I’ve drawn.
Erin R. says
Ha ha! You SHOULD have a circle, but I make no guarantees. I’d probably shift the pan around while tracing and end up with an amoeba instead of a circle. But that’s an awesome idea about folding the paper and cutting one short cut instead of the whole thing.
What a great idea!