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Is there an easy way to flour a tube pan?

I'm making pound cake in a 10" tube pan. I use Pam to grease the pan, but find it tricky to grease the tube part. Are there any tricks of the trade? I'm tempted to invert the tube into my bucket of flour.

asked by mrslarkin over 5 years ago
5 answers 4827 views
0bc70c8a e153 4431 a735 f23fb20dda68  sarah chef

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added over 5 years ago

Assuming you're greasing & flouring the pan, a spray coat should get in the nooks and crannies. To dust the pan with flour after, put as much as you think it needs in the pan and shake the excess around, tilting the pan as needed to coat all surfaces. Do this over a tray to catch spills and tip back in if need be. Tap out any excess.

Ee6e1f61 c2e2 48b1 b500 bb90cc2c5b83  itsme
added over 5 years ago

This isn't very helpful to you at the moment, I'm sure, but I find those grease sprays with flour in them to be amazingly helpful. The aptly named "Baker's Joy" is a good one, Pam and various store versions also make products like this.

For your current predicament though, scooping some flour in and tapping the thing as you rotate it around (preferably over your flour container, to catch the fallout) is as good as I've ever been able to do.
I will note that I've found there to be an amount of flour past which it actually becomes less effective. If I put in as much as a quarter cup at a time, it seems to clump up/not stick to the pan as well. Instead I'll do a couple of tablespoons at a time, and perhaps have to do that 2 or three times for good coverage.

It's slow and painstaking, and maybe someone else has a better solution, but not being great at this is why I've become such a fan of those sprays.

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 5 years ago

Thanks, all, for the good advice. Before I look for Baker's Joy, I'll try mimicking a shaker with a small mesh sieve that I have, and tapping the flour over the greased tube. This will, no doubt, improve my present situation of covering everything, except for the tube, in flour. Myself included.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

I second the recommenation of Baker's Joy (or Pam for Baking, a similar product that seems to be more widely available in supermarkets). My cooking style is pretty Old School--I'm skeptical of convenience products and prefer not to use aerosol sprays. But Baker's Joy definitely saves time and prevents failure from inadequately floured pans.

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