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How to Remove Cheesecake from Springform Pan

How to Remove Cheesecake from Springform Pan in 6 Ways

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by Lori Walker

Cheesecakes are immensely satisfying confections known for their rich, sugary, and smooth flavors. They are typically prepared by baking them in springform pans.

While it is a given that most people can bake cheesecakes, removing them from a springform cake pan can be quite tricky and messy.

Read on to learn how to remove cheesecake from a springform pan to serve the perfect slice on a serving plate.  

6 Ways to Remove Cheesecake from Springform Pan

cheesecake on a springform pan

1. Check If the Cheesecake Has Set

Let the freshly baked cheesecake sit inside the slightly open oven for a few hours until it has completely cooled down. 

Then, set it by storing it in the fridge overnight, covered in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. 

Take it out the next day and gently press down on the center. If the surface is firm yet has a slight give, then it’s done.

Also Read: How Long Should Cheesecake Rest Before Being Refrigerated?

2. Loosen the Sides With Knife

Dip the sharp knife or butter knife in hot water first, then gently slide it around the sides of the pan. 

After successfully running it every few inches along the inside edge, you must re-dip the knife in hot water. 

This trick helps loosen the pan’s sides smoothly, preventing the knife from drying and dragging against or along any chunk of cream cheese or a bit of crust.

3. Loosed the Bottom of the Cake

Hold the sides of the pan with a pot holder and slightly heat the bottom of the pan using the cook’s blowtorch. 

It helps soften the butter in the crust just enough to easily remove the cheesecake from the bottom of the springform pan.

You can use a gas burner if you don’t have a torch. Hold the sides of the pan and place it inches above the burner to gently heat the springform pan bottom.

4. Unhook the Latch

Since all the edges are loosened, and the bottom of the pan is heated, you can then unhook the latch and carefully lift the side ring of the pan, leaving only the base. 

5. Remove the Base 

Now that the removal process of the cake from the base has been made more accessible, run a large knife between the cake and the base to ensure it no longer sticks. 

You can slide the cake to remove it from the base or gently lift it using the same knife while assisting the sides with clean hands. 

6. Transfer It & Store

Transfer the entire cake to a cake board, cake stand, or any serving platter available if you’re going to eat it. 

If you’re not, store the baked treat in a container, cover it with a lid, and refrigerate it for later consumption. 

Check out these simple steps to prepare a springform pan for cheesecake here.

Why Should You Remove Cheesecake from Springform Pan? 

Close Up Shot of Cheesecake

You should remove the cheesecake from a springform pan since it is nearly impossible to slice a portion and lift the slice from the pan to a platter.

“I think cheesecake helps call attention to you. Then you can follow through and prove yourself.”

— Marilyn Monroe, Actress, Model, Singer

Furthermore, leaving the cheesecake in the springform pan for extended periods may make the cake discolored and taste metallic since cheese and butter are acidic food products [1]

But is it okay to bake a cheesecake without using a springform pan?

Tips & Tricks When Removing Cheesecake from Springform Pan

  • Before removing the cheesecake from a springform pan, you must have it chilled overnight to set the cake firmly.
  • You must always allow the cake to rest before baking and after refrigeration. Aside from minimizing the chances of air bubbles, it helps prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.
  • You can use the spatula method, which involves three spatulas and another hand. Carefully slide the three spatulas between the crust and the base to remove the cake from the pan.

FAQs

How long should a cake cool before removing from the springform pan?

Let the freshly baked cheesecake cool in the slightly open oven for a couple of hours until it has cooled down to room temperature.

Then, cover it in plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate the cake overnight to set and hold its structure.

How do you remove a cheesecake from the pan without breaking it?

You can use the method of placing a paper plate on top of the entire cheesecake and gently flipping it over onto the plate.

Replace the base with a serving dish on top of the upside-down cheesecake and gently flip it over again to get the crust back at the bottom.

How do you keep cheesecake from sticking to the bottom of the springform pan?

You can incorporate parchment paper [2] or any non-stick baking paper into the baking process of your cheesecake. 

Line the pan’s edges with parchment paper. After baking, let the cheesecake sit until it has cooled down. 

Then, lift the side ring and gently pull the parchment paper and the cake from the pan’s base onto a platter. Lift the cake once more and slowly pull the entire paper underneath it.

Why is my cheesecake crust sticking to the pan?

It indicates that you’ve added too much butter, pressed the crust down too hard, did not correctly grease the pan, or overcooked it.

Nonetheless, it is natural for the crust to stick to the pan, even for the perfect cheesecake ever baked.  

In a Nutshell

Removing cheesecake from a springform pan can be daunting, but it’s easier than it seems and is undoubtedly achievable without ruining the cake or leaving a big mess.

Always store the cheesecake overnight in the fridge before removing it from the pan. You can use the method provided in this guide the next day after cooling the cheesecake.

References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/acidic-foods
  2. https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/foil-vs-parchment-vs-wax-paper-heres-when-to-use-them/
Lori Walker

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