Cake release, also known as cake goop, is kind of a bakery secret. Ever have a cake stick in the pan even though you sprayed an entire can of cooking spray before baking? You could brush butter, then coat with flour. That will definitely do the trick, but then you may have a coat of flour on the outside of you cake, not to mention the mess involved in the process. Cake release is a mixture of equal parts shortening, oil, and flour, used to coat any baking pan before filling with batter. I always keep a jar of it on hand, ready to use to coat any baking pan. It kind of seems like magic when my cakes just slide right out of their pans.
The recipe is equal parts oil, vegetable shortening, and flour. I add 1 cup of each into the bowl of my mixer and beat until smooth. It takes a bit of time to work out the lumps but it’s necessary. Once smooth, store your cake release in a jar or container until ready to use. It can be stored at room temperature for a few months. I use mine all the time, so it never lasts that long.
To use, just take a pastry brush and coat your entire pan. Easy peasy! Hope this helps take your baking to the next level!
I’m pretty obsessed with this cookie style right now. I’m so obsessed that I’m posting them twice in a row!! They are basically my signature slice and bake cookie as far as I’m concerned. I first came up with the idea when I was trying to think of a rainbow dessert that wasn’t full of tons of food coloring. I’m in no way against food coloring, but sometimes you feel the need to lighten it up! So I came up with these rainbow swirl slice and bake cookies. After coming up with those I realized that these cookies would be perfect for so many occasions and holidays! I made them for Super Bowl 50 and swirled the team colors inside while wrapping the edges in matching sugar crystals. And only a week later I’m back with a Valentine’s Day version. These cookies are simple to put together but to make the process super clear, I made a video tutorial to help! So grab my recipe, and follow my pictorial or my video below.
I am freaking out over these cookies right now! I know that rainbow desserts are sort of trending right now, and I wanted to come up with my own version. I wanted my dessert to be rainbow colored but elegant and easy to do. I did not want to separate batter into 6 different bowls to mix up each color of the rainbow. I didn’t want to bake 6 different cakes, or knead challah dough into 6 different colors and then braid the rainbow. I’ve seen people dye cookie dough into rainbow colors but something about that looks like play-dough to me and I just couldn’t do it! These tender cookies are my cute and simple rainbow treat. They are not too sweet and the texture is perfect for eating with tea or coffee. Kids will devour these, because of the fun colors and the rainbow sprinkles! The sprinkles are definitely optional but I love the added color and texture they bring to these cookies. This was my very first try making these cookies, I may add a bit more gel food coloring next time. I may also add a dot of white icing in the center to make them look like more of that traditional bakery style cookie. I love how easily these can be customized, you could mix and match the colors of the food gel and the sprinkles to match any party theme or occasion. I took a bunch of progress photos to show you how I made these, They aren’t the best but I hope they will be clear-please ask if you have any questions on the process!
Mix your cookie dough (recipe at the end of the post). Roll out your dough or since it’s soft, press it out flat and square onto a piece of parchment or wax paper. Mine is about 11×11 inches. Using gel food coloring (I use Americolor brand) take a food only paintbrush and paint vertical lines of each color you want to include. I painted about 1 inch lines of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I left spaces in between each color so I wouldn’t get any blending but next time I may paint each color up until the next color to get some blending. I cleaned my brush of in between painting each color.
Lift up your parchment or wax paper and fold the cookie dough over 1/3 of the way making sure to match up your colors, (You want your red folding down on the red, orange on orange…)
Peel the parchment or wax paper back onto your work surface.
Lift your paper and fold the bottom of the dough over 1/3 of the way to close up your dough and seal the food coloring inside.
Again, peel back your paper.
Dust your cookie dough with flour or powdered sugar and roll it out with a rolling pin.
You only want to roll out the dough in one direction, in the same direction that your vertical stripes are going, towards you and away from you. Do not widen it by rolling it left to right. Try to roll it to about 12×12 inches. At this point, I folded the dough the same way as before: from top to middle about 1/3 of the way down matching your vertical stripes, and then bottom up to form a rectangle. I then rolled it out the same way, towards and away, not left to right.
Now rotate your dough 90 degrees by turning your whole piece of paper. The colored lines should now be horizontal. Lift your dough from the bottom by lifting your paper (I started from the purple color) start rolling your dough into a log.
Keep lifting the paper to allow it to roll up making sure to peel the paper away.
Once your dough is rolled up, divide it into 3 equal pieces (or as equal as you can get it-no need to measure). Cutting will make the dough easier to handle.
Once you divided your dough, you will be able to see the cool swirly effect! Take each log and lengthen/ thin it by rolling it to about 8 inches long. You may feel some air inside the log. That’s okay, just squeeze the dough a bit to remove those pockets and continue to roll into a smooth tight log.
This part is optional, but I couldn’t skip the rainbow sprinkles! Spread out some rainbow sprinkles and then roll your dough in the sprinkles. You can leave the ends bare since they will get sliced off anyway.
Once your dough is covered in sprinkles, tightly roll it up in wax or parchment paper and chill it in the freezer for at least 1/2 hour. (At this point you could store it in the freezer for up to 3 months, I would just store it in a freezer ziplock bag. Just slice and bake when needed).
After your dough is chilled it will be easier to slice. Using a serrated knife, slice your cookies about 1/2 inch wide. You should get 12-15 cookies from each of your 3 logs.
Arrange your cookies cut side up on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. You don’t really want to see any browning, you just want the cookies to look dry on top. If you brown them too much they may not be tender.
You did it! Hope you enjoy making these impressive cookies. They really are easy to make-I can’t wait to see your cookie designs! Here’s my easy dairy-free recipe.