You know that scary moment when you’re about to take a freshly baked cake out of the pan and you’re afraid it’s going to fall apart? Food52 offers a simple and smart solution: use two cooling racks.
After detaching the cake (still hot or cooled) from the sides of the pan with a knife or spatula, cover the pan with a rack; hold the rack and pan together and flip the whole business over. Remove the pan and peel off the parchment liner (you used one, didn’t you?). To turn the cake right side up again (to prevent the top of the cake from sticking to the rack as it cools), place the second rack on the cake, hold the two racks together gently, without squeezing the cake, and repeat the flip.
That’s it! No more worrying about your cake coming out in more than one piece.