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Hi, I hope I am posting in the right place.

I want to make a cake to look like a graduation cap. I am going to get a "half sphere" tin. If I try to line the tin to make it easier to get the cake out I just know I will end up with odd shapes and creases if I use baking parchment. Does anyone have any suggestions? I believe there are some types of "cling film" that can be used.

Thanks.
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  • Butterfly_BrainButterfly_Brain Forumite
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    Thanks but that doesn't help. It is issues with the actual baking of the cake ie. ensuring it comes out cleanly.
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    I would bake the cake in a pyrex basin, that has been well greased, then a basic swiss roll, to use as the flat piece on top
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  • krlyrkrlyr Forumite
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    You can buy cake release spray, could be worth a try. Otherwise I'd go with well greased, and when you turn it out leave the bowl on top but cover it with a damp cloth for 5-10 mins - did the trick with a shaped cake I baked the other day that felt like it was going to stick.
  • scaredy_catscaredy_cat Forumite
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    once you ice it the creases will not be seen.

    i would cut a big circle of baking paper and but slits down to about 2in from the centre so the leaves will overlap.
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  • booterbooter Forumite
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    I've done the same cake, and I greased the half sphere tin, cut the parchment into narrow strips (probably about 1cm wide), and starting at one side of the upturned tin, "stuck" the strips (like forming a "U" shape) to the inside of the tin, working my way around. Really hard to describe, but kind of like making a "nest" of parchment :) . Like the opposite of covering a balloon in papier mache! I didn't need to cover all the inside of the tin, but I'd guess I'd covered about 80% and it worked perfectly. Hope that helps (and that you understand!) :)
  • ameliarateameliarate Forumite
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    Thank you for all the helpful replied. It will do a "practice" one or two, thank goodness my workmates enjoy cake :rotfl:
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    I have one of those tins that has all spikes and fancy bits in a ring Klugelhof or something. Anyway I have always gone with the instructions with that tin and nothing sticks. Grease well and coat the layer of fat with flour. Works like a charm every time.

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  • peachypricepeachyprice Forumite
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    Yes, as alibobsy says, grease well and coat with flour, or cocoa if you're making a chocolate cake. Much easier than faffing with parchment!
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