You will need:

Baking parchment or non-stick baking paper

Cake tin



1 If your recipe asks for a 20cm cake tin – you need to upturn it and  measure the base.

2 Take a sheet of baking parchment, stand the tin on the paper and draw around with a pencil.

3 Cut out the circle.

4 Measure the depth of the tin and add 1cm. Cut a strip of parchment this width and long enough to wrap all the way round the tin.

5 Fold over the 1cm along the edge and snip diagonally at 1cm intervals.

6 Grease your cake tin with butter or oil.

7 Press the paper strip around the cake tin sides and top with the round.

8 Hey presto!  You’re ready to pile in your cake mixture.


Watch out! Old fashioned greaseproof paper annoyingly often sticks to the cakes too – so make sure you use baking parchment or non-stick baking paper.