How to Remove a Cake From a Pyrex Bowl

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Pyrex bowls are not usually used to bake cakes, but they can be as long as you prepare them well.
Pyrex bowls are not usually used to bake cakes, but they can be as long as you prepare them well. (Image: bowl image by rlat from Fotolia.com)

Baking a cake in a Pyrex bowl is an efficient and cost-saving idea if you want to bake a round cake but do not want to spend extra money on a special pan you will not use very often. Pyrex bowls are oven-safe, so it is possible to bake a very nice cake in one. The key to easy removal after it has baked is greasing the bowl thoroughly before baking. Do not simply leave the batter in the bowl in which you mixed it, or the finished cake will not come out of the bowl in one piece.

Things You'll Need

  • Pyrex bowl
  • Cake batter, fully mixed
  • Paper towel
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Thin-bladed paring knife
  • Offset cake frosting spatula
  • Cake rack
  • Oven mitts or thick kitchen towels

Rub the butter all over the inside of the Pyrex bowl with the paper towel. Examine the bowl closely in bright light to make sure the entire inside of the bowl is covered with a thin layer of butter.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour or cocoa powder into the bowl and begin lightly shaking it around so that it covers and sticks to the layer of butter. Use cocoa powder if the cake is chocolate; otherwise, use flour. Continue shaking the cocoa powder or flour around the bowl multiple times, until the entire thing is covered; discard any excess.

Pour the batter into the Pyrex bowl and bake according to your recipe’s instructions until the cake is done.

Run a thin-bladed paring knife around the edge of the cake, between the cake and the bowl. Slide an offset cake frosting spatula down between the bowl and the cake and around the perimeter, being careful not to make any sudden movements that might injure the cake.

Run a thin-bladed paring knife around the edge of the cake, between the cake and the bowl. Slide an offset cake frosting spatula down between the bowl and the cake and around the perimeter, being careful not to make any sudden movements that might injure the cake.

Remove the Pyrex bowl carefully, rapping it gently with your knuckles to loosen the cake if necessary. Allow the cake to cool on a rack; allow the Pyrex bowl to cool before attempting to clean it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use oven mitts or thick kitchen towels to hold any vessel that has just been in the oven, even if it is a Pyrex bowl. Failure to do so can result in burns, dropped cakes, and shattered Pyrex bowls.

References

  • The Professional Chef (Eighth Edition); Culinary Institute of America; 2006
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