The easiest way ever to cut a circle for the bottom of your cake tin!

Cut parchment paper circles in the perfect size every time with this clever trick from Cake Central user serveseight.

So super easy, and the best time saving trick I ever discovered!

Tear enough baking paper to cover the bottom of your round tin.
1. Fold it in half into a rectangle.
2. Fold in half again into a square.
3, 4, & 5. Fold the top right corner down to make a triangle, repeat this step again two more times (you will have folded three times)
6. Find the centre of your tin with the point of your triangle, cut to size at the edge of the tin.
7. Et Voila! The perfect sized circle of baking paper to line your cake tin!

List of Materials

  • Baking Paper
  • Scissors

Comments (28)

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i had to practice a few time than i made it ... the steps 4 & 5 aren't so clear .. when you try it make shure that the first fold (rectangle) is always on your left

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Seriously? In the time it takes to fold the paper that many times, I have multiple pans lined by simply outlining the circle on multiple stacked sheets of parchment. Not trying to be snarky, but keeping it simple saves much more time than this method.

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maybe it's easier to trace the pan but it's helpful for covering cake board, it's when u need the cutted cercle to be a little bit bigger then the baord it self so you can fold it and for me it's easier because when i need the marker to trace i never find it lol

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I just put a square of parchment on my cutting board, place the cake pan on top and run around it with the point of a sharp knife. Takes 5 seconds.

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I just put a square of parchment on my cutting board, place the cake pan on top and run around it with the point of a sharp knife. Takes 5 seconds. no markers, no folding.

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This is the way my grandma taught me to line a cake pan 35 years ago and it's a simple, fast method that I still use. Well done for thinking to share it.

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Also, to those leaving snide comments: if someone goes to the trouble to make a tutorial that doesn't help you, there is no need to comment negatively. No one is trying to force anything on you. It's perfectly fine to move on without leaving an unkind or argumentative comment. When did it become acceptable to be rude to someone who is only trying to be helpful? Admins?

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Great idea, but I never use wax paper for the bottom of my cakes. I use my homemade cake release. Used it for years. Cheap to make, a cinch to use, and works like a charm.

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Thank you so much for presenting to us all this really beneficial tutorial. I really appreciate the time and effort people like you take to pass on your knowledge to people, who, like me ARE APPRECIATIVE Negative comments are totally unjustified Cheers from New Zealand

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I'm glad to share and not bothered by the negative comments. This has saved so much time, and to all the tracers and cutters out there - good on you, you've found something that works well for you. If you've got to cut circles for five tins, use five pieces of baking paper, works the same way - and for me this is loads quicker than tracing and cutting. To clarify, steps four and five, continue to fold the triangle in the same direction (to the left is how I've shown it, and explained it - "Fold the top right corner down to make a triangle"). If you've got to cut circles for five tins, use five pieces of paper, works the same way - and for me this is loads quicker and easier! Thanks for the comments, positive and negative. :)

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@jchuck

can you please share the receipe of your homemade cake release??? there is another reason to use the wax paper it's isolate the cake and protect it from burning it has save my cakes a lot of times if i have a big cake that need to be baked for a longer periode of time i use 2 layersd of wax paper and a colar

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I agree with quite a few of these comments. Very easy to just draw a ring around the outside edge of the pan on wax paper and cut it out. Yolinda

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I have been following this method for donkeys ears and its easy. at stage 3 i bend it backwards, point it at the center of the tin and snip it at the end of the tin. thank you for sharing same. if you need to cut a circle for any other project, at stage 3 bend it backwards and cut off at the shortest end and you get a nice circle

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I agree, there's no need to be snide or negative --- however --- it really is easier just to lay a piece of parchment on a cutting board, put your pan on top, and trace around it with an Exacto knife -- 30 seconds and it's done. Oh, and cake release works fine on mixes but not as well on cakes from scratch. I love the stuff but must use it in combination with parchment on the bottom.

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I fold my parchment or wax paper in half and then in half again. I then turn the pan upside down put the point in the center of the pan and press the edge down on the pan, then cut along the line.... perfect fit every time and not so much folding. J:~D

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The best method i use to cut parchment paper is just tracing the pan with a sharp knife. You get the perfect size without having to get a pencil or scissors out. Plus takes about 5 seconds per pan :)


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