How to line a round baking tin

A quick apology to all of you who have no interest in baking or baking tins, this is specially for some special friends of mine :)

I used to have a tough time lining my cake tins before I came across this technique on a show on TV. It is really simple and the cakes come out perfect.

First we need to cut a round piece of baking parchment to line the base.

Step 1

Measure your cake tin or if you know the size, that’s perfect.

Step 2

Cut out a square piece of the baking parchment the size of the diameter of the tin . So if it is an 8 inch tin, it needs to be an 8 inch square. It does not need to be a perfect square.

Step 3

Now fold it into 2 and then again until it looks like the last picture.

Step 4

Mark a point on the folded paper, which is exactly 4 inches(half of the diameter of the cake tin) from the centre of the fold and cut across the fold.

And there you have the perfect circle!

And it fits perfectly into the pan. I normally place it in the pan and check to see if the dimensions are perfect. If it is a little larger, then just re-fold and trim away until it fits perfectly. If the circle is smaller( and I have done that too, don’t ask me how), just save it for using with a smaller pan :)

Once you are happy with the fit, grease the pan and put the paper in, to ensure that it stays put.

Now for the sides, that is very simple too. Just cut out a long strip, as tall as the pan or a little taller – I normally use slightly taller strips.  You can either use one strip to cover the whole pan or 2 or 3 strips – I go with 3 strips – I find that the easiest way.

Lightly grease the sides of the pan(to hold the paper in place)  and place the strip against the pan as shown below.

And that is a round pan all lined. I find this the easiest method, do share if you guys know any easier ways of lining a round pan. I use another technique to line loaf tins, which I will post the next time I bake a loaf cake/bread.

PS : I am still to reply to the comments on my previous post – will do it later today, wanted to do this post as it has been on my pending list for a while. At least you guys must be thankful I did not bore you with a Wordless Wednesday – but then a lot of you might say that a wordless Wednesday would have been much less a torture than this post ;)

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27 thoughts on “How to line a round baking tin

  1. Loved the step by step picture description.I always spread butter and sprinkle flour,never used the baking parchment.

    I use it only for cakes where the recipe says that the cake tin needs to be lined. I once had a cake which refused to come out :(

    I came to check ur wordless wednesday snap.

    Did not do wordless wednesday – will do one next week.

    • Woww! Thatz so simple and nice Smithu .. thanks for sharing :)
      Cn even use that paper design for some decorations :P So artistic ;)

      Yes, am sure you can use that paper for decorations as well :)

      And we wud luv to hv one WW along with this .. nt posting?

  2. Oh wow! This a really helpful tip. i hate the creases the paper causes to the sides of the cake. Thanks, I will use this well. ;)

    Let me know if it works for you, GM. I even cut out the round shapes in bulk :) That way I have a stack ready whenever I need to use it – but these days, I don’t bake as much as I used to.

  3. Hmm… Felt like i’m watching an Origamy instruction… Baking is not my thing… I’m only as close to a cake to eat it.. He..He.. But i guess i have to tell this to Ma… Yum.. i can almost smell the aroma that Ma’s going to bake!!!!

  4. You lost me the moment you started using numbers :shock: If I had to do all this calculation, measuring and cutting; am pretty sure I might end up with an immodest dress for my cake tin :mrgreen: err…I just stuff the parchment into the tin till it looks kinda ok :sad:

    Oye put up a WW as I want some partner in crime if Vimmu decides to take us down :razz:

        • Aha! Now you’re putting those Deppy-eyes of yours to good use, Saksh :P
          Smits, whats the secret behind those lovely hands?? Please dont tell me its the magic of kneading. Say its manicure,which is still achievable for me :D

          The magic is the camera, which makes everything look good :) I did have a manicure – but it was almost a moth back :)

  5. yeah, a wordless wednesday was better than this ! :P :P :P

    See, I knew you would say that :)

    This is like the mother of all wordless wednesdays !!

    Btw, nice tin, nice paper, nice scissors, nice table, nice hand and a nice ring ! :D :D :D

    Thank you for all the compliments :) Am so grateful that your favourite topic did not come up in this comment :)

    oh, a nice measuring tape too ! :D :D

    me: LOL!

  6. I just spray PAM and hope the damm cake comes out :)
    Good tutorial though..

    I do that too, but I do all this when the recipe demands a lined cake tin. I once did not line it and could not get the cake out :) That taught me ;)

  7. ROFL @ Vimmuuu’s comment :lol:
    Yeah everything and every photo is nice :-D :-D
    I am eagerly waiting to eat a cake baked by you Smitha… Hoping someday i will meet you :) :)

    Absolutely! You tell me which cake you want and I will definitely bake it for you :)

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  9. So cute :-) Esp your line on the Wordless Wed thing :-) Infact after seeing your posts on baking, I so want to try it out too!!

    Give it a shot, Pallu. Drop me a line if you need any help :)

  10. Wow, that was so nice of you, Smits to have explained it. Never knew we could line a round baking tin. I just pour the batter straight onto a buttered tray :D

    I do that too, but some recipes recommend lining the pan completely, in which case, I do all this.

  11. wow!! there is so much technique to lining a tin??!!! i just shove the foil /parchment inside or line it with butter and flour :-)

    That was what I used to do, but I find this better, the cakes come out looking better this way :)

  12. So very well done…loved the way you’ve described each step with a pic…. :)

    Thanks Uma :) This was a special request from some friends :)

  13. I shud take up baking :-)
    Used to cook a lot while I was in London but since I landed in India I havent raised so much as my little finger in the kitchen (except rare occasions)… never had to…

    Lucky lucky girl! See, this is what I miss about India!

    Now I’ve become spoilt :P

    My job is now eating not cooking…
    this is what happens with joint families, support systems and maids! :roll:

    As I said, you lucky, lucky girl :)

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