How to Make a Cake Pan Out of Tin Foil

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Use a real cake pan as inspiration.
Use a real cake pan as inspiration. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Making an aluminum foil pan is one way to improvise during a cooking crisis. If you find yourself absent a cake pan, for example, heavy-duty aluminum foil will come in handy. An aluminum foil pan can be used for a one-time cooking endeavor. Employing a 26 to 30 gauge foil sheet to form the pan provides much needed weight bearing stability and durability while the cake is baking.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 26- to 30-gauge heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Pliers
  • Oven mitts

Measure and cut a 26- to 30-gauge heavy-duty aluminum foil sheet 6 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the size of the cake. If your recipe makes a 9-by-9-inch cake, for example, you need one 15-by-15-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil sheet.

Fold each edge upwards 3 inches high. Press, pinch and crimp the edges with pliers to ensure a secure bond. The surface of the area of the pan is now 9 by 9 inches with four 3-inch-high sides.

Put on a pair of oven mitts to remove the hot aluminum foil pan from the oven.

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