Parchment Liners

If you are like me, you are constantly pulling out the box of parchment paper and cutting out parchment rounds.  Some like to use the leftover parchment from their butter sticks, some like to purchase the rounds pre-cut and some, like me, cut out my own.  Although I like the leftover parchment from my sticks of butter, I can never seem to get them to stay in the right place to cover the bottom of my pan completely.  I’ve purchased them pre-cut which is convenient, but costly.  And, if you are like most cakers, you want to cut costs where you can since we all undervalue our time.  At least that’s what I do.

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I’ve tried halving, then quartering, then folding again, measuring the parchment along the bottom of the pan, cutting, then unfolding the parchment as shown by so many, but I seem to always make the circle too large or too small and have to shave it down or start all over again.  In the end, it was just easier for me to do it the old-fashioned way.  So, for years I have been pulling out pans for which I’m needing a parchment round, pulling out a pencil, tracing the bottom of the pan with a pencil, then cutting out the circle with a pair of scissors.  But each time, I would think, “There’s got to be an easier way.”   And there is!!

Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

I love to use foam core cake boards for any cake that is going to be stacked.  But I was thinking that I might be able to make my own if I bought a nice circle cutter and a sheet of foam core.  I purchased a Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter in the scrap booking section.  I quickly found out that the blades were not long enough to cut all the way through the foam core.  I was disappointed and was going to return it, but I had some baking to do before leaving, so I figured I’d bake first, then go to the craft store while my cakes cooled.  As usual, I brought out the parchment paper, then it hit me, “I wonder if I can use the circle cutter for my parchment rounds?”  It worked like a charm and I was so delighted.  Finally!  Something that would save me time without costing me a lot of money!!

It’s easy to use, only cost me around $12 with my 50% off coupon for the craft store, and comes with replacement blades.  I can cut a perfect circle anywhere from 4″ to 12″.  I simply slide the measurement knob to what size circle I need, place it on the folded paper and hold the large button down and cut away!   I have found that I can cut multiple rounds at once.  I pull out a long piece of parchment and fold it, accordion style.  I lay the parchment on a hard surface such as a cutting board or a self-healing mat.

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It takes seconds.  And, I use the leftover parchment to cut smaller circles to keep on hand for future baking.

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