Preparing your cake pans is a vital step to ensuring your cakes come out of the pan in one piece and don’t end in disaster. In this free video, cake designer Rachael Teufel demonstrates three ways to prep your cakes pans before scooping in any batter. First, she discusses the more traditional and slightly more time-consuming method of greasing and flouring cake pans individually. Then she moves on to her preferred method: a commercial baking spray that contains flour and can quickly create a nonstick barrier. The final option is to line the base of your cake pans with parchment paper. Included are tips on butter versus shortening and how to create perfectly round parchment cake circles with ease. After you find what works best in your kitchen, head over to Rachael’s free video on wrapping and storing cakes for more beginner cake baking tips.