Lining Paste – Review Of Nancy Birtwhistle’s Recipe

Collage of 4 photos of lining paste on a bundt pan, with batter and figs, baked and the cake out of the tin.

Lining Paste

Reviewing Cake Lining Paste

Alternative To Cake Release Spray

By Caro


Here's my review of Cake Lining Paste.  This is also known as Cake Goop & works like cake release spray.  Less expensive & easier than lining with butter & flour, cakes will never stick again.  Excellent for using on bundt pans too.  

Reasons To Use

Less Expensive
Easy & Quick To Make
Works Great & On Bundts
Vegan & Dairy-free
Works With Gluten-free Flour Too

white mixing bowl with white coloured thick lining paste, with black background and lining paste title.

Reviewing Nancy Birtwhistle’s Recipe

Most people will know who Nancy Birtwhistle is but if not, she won The Great British Bake Off, (The Great British Baking Show),  series 5 in 2014. She shares daily baking and household tips on Instagram and on her own website, and most recently released a new book called Sizzle & Drizzle.

This is a recipe of hers I tried for my cake not to be partly stuck in the bundt pan. (Don’t you just hate when cakes stick in the pan?)  Normally I would have brushed butter or baking spray on the insides of the tin and then lined with a coating of flour.  My bundt pan is a good solid one, and usually comes out well, with just a few taps, but wanted to try Nancy’s recipe on this occasion, as I know a lot of people struggle with this.


Photo 2 - mixing veg shortening & oil

What Is Lining Paste Made From?

So I was making an orange drizzle cake to review, and before filling the bundt pan I made up Nancy’s lining paste.  It is made up of plain (All purpose) flour, vegetable shortening (Trex/Crisco) and vegetable oil.  You simply mix the pieces of shortening and flour with a hand or stand mixer, until it resembles large breadcrumbs.  Then mix in the oil gradually, while mixing, until you have a very thin smooth paste.  And that’s it!  

How To Store

Just store in a glass jar, in the fridge and use directly, whenever needed.  I found using a good brush, softens the paste enough to be able to apply it easily to your pan, straight from the fridge.


Order Of Adding Ingredients

 ** Note at a later date, I prepared slightly differently, as in this photo.  I beat the shortening before adding in the oil & mixing together. Then I added the flour and mixed well.  This method worked just the same and was tested on the bundt cake in the Photo further down.


Applying lining paste vertically.

How To Apply Lining Paste

As I mentioned, I tested it on my bundt tin.  I started brushing at the bottom, and on the middle area, working in upwards strokes.  This is a tip for when making lava cakes or souffles, brush in upward strokes to encourage upward growth and brushing horizontally would create friction.   See Photo.  

Once the middle sections were done, I brushed up the sides in the same way, applying a thick generous layer, paying attention to the difficult areas of the tin. This is the best way to apply cake lining paste. It I have since heard, is also known as cake goop.


Photo 4 - brushing on the lining paste to the tin

Then I simply filled the pan with my cake batter and baked as normal.  After baking, as for all bundt cakes, leave in the tin to cool down.  As this recipe included a drizzle, this was applied while ‘upside down’ if you like, so was cooled before I tried to turn the cake out.  

Time To Release The Cake

Now normally I give my bundt pan a few taps to release it, but when I was applying my drizzle, I could tell the cake was not sticking to the sides of the pan.  So after putting a tea towel on top of a cooling rack and flipping everything over, the cake literally just popped out.  Nothing stuck.  All intact, even though the cake was now softer with the moisture of the drizzle.  You could see all the definition of the bundt cake.  See Photo below.



I was not too pleased with cake recipe I used, so will be using my own lemon poppy seed drizzle bundt cake next time and making it orange and lemon.  But as for the lining paste, well I highly recommend it.  It worked as it’s supposed to and was extremely easy to make and you don’t have to make it up every time you need it.  A cless expensive alternative to expensive cake release sprays or butter.


Photo 6 - lemon poppy seed drizzle bundt cake

My Rating For Nancy’s Recipe  

So for my rating of this recipe I give a

Rating: 10 out of 10.

(10/10)

This is the highest I have ever given out when reviewing a recipe.  And that is down to it “doing exactly as it says on the tin”!  Well worth the under 10 minutes preparation time.  Saves your beautiful cake being ruined and could not be simpler to make.  

Now I believe the recipe for this is in Nancy’s book, but below I have included the US/Canadian cup measurements for your convenience.  

Buy Nancy’s Book

You can get Nancy’s book only via her website, and the cost includes delivery to overseas if wished, as well as it being a signed copy (for a limited period only).  It is a big hardback with 400 pages and special SQ technology that enables you to watch the videos for the recipes on your mobile phone.  Here’s a direct link to get the book: Get Nancy Birtwhistle’s Sizzle & Drizzle book 


MY LINING PASTE VIDEOS

Here’s a few videos of me making up the lining paste, applying it to a bundt pan and removing easily from a loaf tin. These show just how simply the cakes pop out of the tin.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LINING PASTE

How to make your own lining paste at home

APPLYING THE LINING PASTE TO A BUNDT PAN

Applying the lining paste to a bundt pan

TURNING OUT BANANA BREAD FROM THE TIN

Turning out banana bread from a tin lined with cake lining paste

TOP TIPS FOR CAKE LINING PASTE

  • For hygiene & to preserve the life of the lining paste, remove a few tsp worth into a little dish & apply from that, rather than continually dipping into the paste jar.
  • For chocolate or darker cake, remove a few tsp of the lining paste from the jar & mix will a little cocoa powder & mix well.  Add just enough to make the paste a pale brown colour.  I include carrot cake & any cake or bakes using wholewheat/meal flour.
  • For Gluten Free version of the lining paste, just use a generic Gluten Free blend (plain/All Purpose flour).
  • Lining Paste Is Vegan and Dairy-Free.


US/CANADIAN CUP MEASUREMENTS

  • 1 cup (125g/4.5 oz) Plain/All Purpose Flour (or Plain/A.P. Gluten free Flour)
  • 2/3 cup (125g/4.5 oz) Vegetable Shortening 
  • (Trex in UK or Crisco in the states)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml/4.25 fl oz) Vegetable Oil

Just whisk all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste.

*This will make and mostly fill about a 500ml or 1/2 litre (17 fl oz) jar (making about 2 1/4 cups worth).  

*Store in the fridge and keep as long as the shortest used by date of the ingredients.


bundt pan upside down with brown coloured lining paste brushed on.

FOR DARKER CAKES

***  If you want to use on a chocolate or red velvet cake, take a few tsps of the cake lining paste out and mix in a little cocoa powder just to change the colour of it and use as before.   See photo below of a chocolate and pumpkin cake.  The lining paste worked and again the cake just fell out of the tin. 


Failed bundt cake that stuck to the tin with no lining paste, on a cooling rack.

AFTER REVIEWING THE LINING PASTE

Reader’s Success

Since reviewing this recipe, I recommend it to all the time. People say they love it and will never use anything else. Many are now pleased they can use their pretty bundt pans at last, as it is awesome for those! Here’s a photo of Dona’s cake that just wouldn’t come out of the pan in one piece. She had tried several times, and the cakes always stuck. After I referred her to this cake lining paste, she has never looked back! Here’s what she had to say –

“I swear by the cake lining paste. Wonderful and life/bake changing! ?

Dona Smith


DIFFICULT LEVELSuper Easy, Beginner

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Collage of 4 photos of lining paste on a bundt pan, with batter and figs, baked and the cake out of the tin.

This cake lining paste is good for any greasing or lining needs in the kitchen. Use for greasing pie tins or bread tins, anything you like.

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