Pastry Chef Tip #12 ~ Trace it!
You always need a piece of parchment paper that isn't even remotely close to the size of the sheets you have. For example, you occasionally need an 8" circle to line your cake pan, here's what you do:
- Place your sheet of parchment on the counter.
- Place the 8" round cake pan on top of the paper.
- Use a pencil and trace around the outside edge of the 8" pan onto the paper.
- Use scissors to cut out your 8" circle.
- Flip the paper over, so any remaining pencil marks are facing the bottom of the pan away from the batter OR just MAKE SURE you cut off any remaining pencil marks.
The circle will be a tiny bit larger than the inside bottom of the pan. Make sure the bottom of the pan is greased, so the paper will stick and stay in place. The grease makes it easy to adjust the paper so it's even AND secured to all parts of the pan it touches BEFORE the batter is poured in. This method works for any size pan. If you don't like tracing, here's another option for round pans.