This 3-Ingredient Mixture Is the Key to Stick-Free Chocolate Cakes

published May 11, 2022
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Any baker knows the dread of your cake sticking to the pan and ruining the look of your delicious creation. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to prevent cakes from sticking to pans — one of the best being “cake goop.”

If you’ve never heard of “cake goop,” it’s a super-simple concoction of three common baking ingredients that functions like cooking spray. You can thank Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes for popularizing cake goop; Adams first posted about the tip on her blog and later on Instagram, also referring to it as “cake release.” Adams’ mixture consists of equal parts flour, vegetable oil, and shortening. When mixed together, these three ingredients create a paste that you can brush onto a cake pan, such as a Bundt pan, before pouring the batter into it.

Chocolate “cake goop” is a similar concoction, but it’s specifically meant for tasty, show-stopping chocolate cakes. I stumbled upon this simple but smart version of “cake goop” via Colin of TikTok’s @colinstimetobake. Colin’s chocolate cake goop consists of 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 2 tablespoons shortening.

In the video, Colin explains this chocolate cake goop is great for stopping chocolate cakes from getting stuck, and the use of cocoa powder instead of flour prevents any visible white flour residue from sticking around. If you’re in the market for some new baking inspiration, Colin posts useful and creative baking tips like these on @colinstimetobake and

How do you keep cakes from sticking? Let us know in the comments.