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Ice Perfect Cakes every time!

Learn Avalon's secret hack for creating perfect iced cakes every time - for free!

Full video and easy buttercream recipe inside!

For the longest time I used 2" pans without a parchment collar. I always found myself a bit frustrated with the finished height of my cakes. Just a littttttle taller. I mean, tall is in, am I right?

So I started using parchment collars, allowing my cakes to climb to the sky where they belong. Much happier now. 🙂

Would you like to join me in my happiness? Here is how I prep my pans.....

First, I figure out the circumference of my cake. Note: Be sure to add an inch or so for overlapping, you want your parchment to overlap a little. 

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I start by measuring the circumference of my cake pan, you can use the side calculator for this! Add an inch and cut your parchment across.

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Next, roll up the sheet into a tight roll. Cut it into 3" lengths with your scissors.

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Now, we have five parchments for our 6" pans. I am only using two for my cake, so I'll save the other two for another occasion.

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Next, I'll take the goop pan release and coat the entire pan. This will help the parchment stick to the side of the pan. I do not use parchment on the bottom of the pan, I just use the goop. (Recipe included at the end!)

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I will put a little bit of goop in between the overlapping pieces to keep the edges in place.

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And BAM... it's ready for your cake batter! Easy peasy.

Ice Perfect Cakes every time!

Learn Avalon's secret hack for creating perfect iced cakes every time - for free!

Full video and easy buttercream recipe inside!

 Published: 08/30/2015

Last modified on January 6th, 2023

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Avalon Yarnes is multi-award winning cake artist and educator. Her work has been featured on tv shows, in magazines, books and more. She has been named one of the top 10 Cake Artists in America by Cake Masters Magazine and Dessert Professional Magazine. She's always cooking up something innovative that she can share with her students. Learn with Avalon here inside Avalon Cakes Online School of Sugar Art, where her (and her friends) teach you how to make incredible art with of cakes, cookies and more!

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