How to Bake a Cake in a Foil Pan

By Dana Poblete

Showing up to a potluck or a party with a fresh-baked cake makes you a very popular person! Enjoy the fete without having to worry about bringing the cake carrier home—opt for a disposable aluminum foil pan. This convenient container also makes cleanup easier when hosting a child's birthday party.

Opera cake
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Decadent opera cake

The curved corners on a square or rectangular aluminum foil pan present the most significant difference from a standard glass or metal baking pan. This shape may alter how you want to decorate the cake.

Preheat the oven to the temperature given in the recipe, based on the size pan you're using.

Apply a coat of butter to the interior surface of the pan, paying extra attention to the corners, where aluminum pans tend to have the most creases and folds. Apply extra butter to the corners so that the cake can be removed easily. You may use cooking spray in place of butter, if you prefer.

Sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons flour into the pan. Turn the pan to its sides at different angles to move the flour until it adheres to the butter all over. The butter and flour should coat all parts of the pan that the batter touches.

Bake the cake according to the directions in the recipe. Check the cake during the last 10 minutes of prescribed baking time by inserting a toothpick into the center. When the toothpick comes out without wet batter on it, take the cake out of the oven.

Let the cake cool to room temperature.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Turn the pan upside down to remove the cake. If the cake sticks in the pan, you can cut the pan with kitchen shears to get the cake out—cut each corner of the pan and fold down the sides.