How to Cool a Cake and Remove it from the Pan

How to Cool a Cake and Remove it from the Pan

Cool your layer cakes in pans and turn them out onto cooling racks while they’re still slightly warm—about 15 minutes after removing them from the oven. Finish cooling on racks. If you remove them while they’re still hot, your cakes may break.

Sheet cakes should be removed while slightly warm. They are a little more difficult to turn out. Set a cookie sheet on top of your cake, invert it, and then remove the top pan.

Cool your angel food and chiffon cakes upside down in their baking pans. Don’t let the top of the cake touch the rack. Once cool, you can loosen the cake and ease it gently from the pan from the sides using a knife or spatula.