I first learnt about this stuff years ago. As a teenager, I was a bit obsessed with wedding cakes (I have no idea why) and borrowed all the books in the library to do with cake decorating. I’d flick through the pages for hours looking at the pretty cakes and how to make the little sugar flowers. I can’t remember where I first came across the idea of ‘Pan Coat’ but I feel like it’s one of the few baking secrets I have.
This stuff is amazing! No more problems of cakes getting stuck in the tin. Cakes just fall out of their tins and it’s so easy to apply and also easy to make. This stuff keeps pretty much forever and I’ve read that you can keep it in the pantry, although I like to keep mine in the fridge, just to be safe. If the shortening goes rancid, it will smell bad so it should be pretty easy to tell when it’s past its best.
This is great for fancy shaped novelty tins that have a lot of corners, like the tin I used for my White Chocolate Christmas Cake. You simply paint the Pan Coat onto the inside of the tin with a pastry brush. No need to flour afterwards, or line your tin with baking paper.
The original recipe uses 1 cup of each ingredient, but I like the consistency best using the amounts below. If it separates a bit over time, just give it another good mix.
makes about 2 cups
250g (1 1/4 cups) Crisco/Frymasta Blended Oil/Trex*
185g (1 1/4 cups) plain flour (you can substitute with rice flour for gluten free baking)
1 cup vegetable oil
Make sure your Crisco (or substitute) is nice and soft, like softened butter. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together with a fork until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the pantry or fridge.
To apply, use a pastry brush to give an even coating to the entire tin, making sure you get it into all the corners.
*If you’re in the US, you’ll find Crisco
*In the UK, you’ll find Trex
*In Australia you can use Frymasta Blended Vegetable Oil. It is found in the fridge section of the supermarket, next to the butter. It’s in a gold wrapper with red writing. Copha can be substituted, but you will need to melt the Copha first.