Baked goods are a treat. What isn't a treat is when baked goods stick to the pan. Even some non-stick pans don't seem to do the job. What's worse is that some brands of non-stick cookware advise against using non-stick cooking spray. If this is the case, it's best to grease the baking pan. Not only does this ensure that baked goods come out easily, but it can add a bit of flavor as well.
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Let a stick of butter soften. Set the butter on the countertop and allow it to soften for about 2 hours, depending on the heat of the room. The butter should be spreadable, but it shouldn't be so soft that it's impossible to hold onto. Be sure you can grasp the stick of butter while still being able to grease the pan.
Unwrap the end of the stick of butter. To keep your hands from getting greasy, unwrap one end of the butter and leave enough of the wrapper to hold on to the other end. This gives you the best control over greasing even the most oddly shaped baking pans.
Run the stick of butter all over the inside of the pan. If the butter is soft enough, it will easily coat the inside of the pan. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies of the pan so that nothing sticks. Also be sure to apply enough butter so that it isn't wiped away when you add your batter or dough.
Dust with flour, if necessary. When baking cakes, you'll need to dust the cake pan after greasing it. This helps ensure that the batter doesn't wipe away the butter. Pour flour into the pan and shake the pan around to coat the bottom. Hold the pan over the sink, turn the pan on its side and turn in a circle to dust the sides of the pan.
Shortening can be used in place of butter.
Cocoa powder can be used in place of flour.