Product Review: Wilton Cake Release

I love this stuff.

As you guys know, I do a lot of baking.  I love making and decorating cakes, especially, and making those cakes from scratch.  It’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun and gives my creativity a short-term start-to-finish outlet.  I need that start-to-finish thing.  It must be my undiagnosed A.D.D. – I’ve never been able to finish long-term projects.  I can knit, crochet, sew, scrapbook, stamp… all that stuff, but it all requires a massive investiture of time, and I lose interest after a day or two.  So baking fills the bill.  And my tummy, for better or worse, because the result is almost always edible, yummy, and most important, chocolate.

So.  Here’s my Product Plug of the Day:

It’s called “Cake Release”, and it’s made by Wilton, the kings of cake decorating.

For those who bake cakes, you are familiar with the massive frustration that comes with turning your nicely baked cake onto the cooling rack, only to have half of it stick to the pan.  And then, if you’re like me, you utter words you never knew you knew, and set about peeling the stuck cake from the pan, and then mixing up a roux of frosting and milk to apply as glue and try to stick the whole mess together and pretend like nothing is wrong.  HAH!!  People always know.  And if they don’t, you do, and that’s worse.

So we use the old standby that our grandma’s taught us – grease the pan with butter or Crisco, flour the pan liberally by dumping 1/8 cup of flour in there, then rolling the pan around while tapping it to disperse the flour in a little cloud (dumping flour all over the countertops, stovetop, and floor in the process), and THEN, we cut out a piece of waxed paper or parchment to the exact size of the pan bottom, spray THAT, and stick it into the bottom of the pan, and then put the batter in and bake.  And PRAY LIKE CRAZY that it works, and that we didn’t miss a spot with the grease/flour bit… and that if we did, the nonstick pan we used will actually live up to its reputation and actually, you know, NOT STICK.

And then, a couple weeks ago, I was in Wal-mart, picking up some cake-boards and other paraphernalia that I needed for Josh’s birthday cakes (yes, cakes), and I saw this stuff on the shelf, called Cake Release.  Made by Wilton.

Can I just say this? I Wilton.  Wilton is my friend.  I live for the massive Tent Sale that they have every summer.  I don’t get there often, but I live for it anyway.

So I bought the Cake Release, just to try it.

Oh.

My.

Goodness.

The stuff worked like a charm!!!  I liberally coated my nonstick pan (haven’t been brave enough to try without the nonstick) with the Release… a good dose and a paper towel worked well.  Dumped the batter in and baked it.  When it came out of the oven, I turned it onto the cooling rack, and the pan came off.  Immediately.  No sticking.  NO CRUMBS!!!!!  I didn’t have to put the ‘crumb layer’ on the cake underneath the layer of frosting!

I even used it on a pan of “Cheesies”, an egg-based, wicked-good appetizer that I make (look for the recipe in coming days/weeks), that bakes in mini-muffin pans, and they stick like crazy.  I used the Release, and no sticking.

I am completely sold on this stuff.  I’m so glad that I decided to try it.  It was worth every bit of the three or four bucks that I shelled out for it.  Go buy some.  You’ll be glad that you did.

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21 Responses to Product Review: Wilton Cake Release

  1. Joy says:

    This stuff sounds like a dream come true. Sometimes I have a heck of a time with muffins. Do you think it would work for meat? I have the worst luck with my salmon loaf sticking. Do you think this would work for that? Wow. What an invention.

    • Laura says:

      Well, it worked with the eggs, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for the salmon… it’s worth a try, anyway.

    • Joy says:

      That’s what I was thinking. I’m planning on getting some the next time I go to Walmart. My salmon loaf always falls apart around one end when I try to take it out and if I try to invert it, it turns to jello. I’ll let you know how it works.

  2. Jenny says:

    Well that’s awesome that you tried it and it worked. When I bake, my stuff comes from the box.. lol I usually just spray it with pam or something and it works. Yes those muffins can be tricky!! Maybe I’ll have to pick some up and try it.

  3. lucy says:

    Thanks for the tip! I saw that it’s made out of oil… does it make the cakes oily/greasy at all?

  4. mssc54 says:

    So it’s a liquid? Do you just smear it in with a paper towel or what?

    • Laura says:

      It’s a thick “liquid”. Sort of like a medium-thick icing. Not as thick as frosting, but not watery, either. I poured a dollop of it into the pan and used a paper towel or my fingers (depending on the pan – fingers were easier in the muffin pan) to goosh it around.

  5. starlaschat says:

    Sounds good I sure know about the greese and flour bit. I’m more apt to bake a pie and not so much cakes but I will save the link in my favorties. Thanks for the review.

  6. Nikki says:

    Nice! I’ll have to pick some up. Is it with the baking stuff, or with the other oils and sprays?

    I had to laugh at your short start-to-finish thing….I am the same way!

    • Laura says:

      I found it at Wal-mart in the Craft section, not anywhere in the grocery section. Our craft section has a Wilton section of shelves, where you can find the color pastes, tips, bags, cake boards, etc. And this was there, with that stuff.

  7. Karen Joy says:

    Oh man,I sure hope we have it up here in Canada.Why would it be in the craft section,mm?Well,anyhow,Im looking for this now,tired of pasting my cakes back together too.Thanks Laura!!!

    • Joy says:

      If you can’t find it Karen let me know and I can mail you some up. I know we have Wilton products. I’d be happy to.

      • Karen Joy says:

        awesome!I’ll let you know.

        • Karen Joy says:

          I just looked online at Walmart here and we have Wilton baking pans but it didnt show anything for Cake Realease.I’ll look in store.

          • Laura says:

            You can buy it online through the Wilton site – I don’t know how much they charge for shipping. I just checked Amazon and they have it, and they have the free super saver shipping (for orders over $25, which means, get a book with it, and shipping is free)… but they’re asking TWICE what Wilton is charging. Which is highly unusual for Amazon. I’d get it from Wilton.

      • Joy says:

        You have to remember this is to Canada. Shipping is really funny. I have a lot of friends and relatives in Canada who buy things but they don’t get shipped to Canada so the stuff comes here and I send it to them.

        • Karen Joy says:

          I checked the Wilton site out and they ship everywhere BUT Canada.Weird!And I actually just placed an Amazon order for books I was wanting to order for some time now anyhow but I didnt want to pay the $9.00 for it plus shipping.SO,I will look in stores and see.Thanks girls!

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