Product Testing: The Smart Baker’s 8×8 Pre-Cut Parchment revisited and 9 inch Round Pre-Cut Parchment

We had a charity bake sale at work this past Thursday, and I took the advantage to test out some pre-cut parchment paper that The Smart Baker sent over to me.

Last time, when I tested the 8×8, it didn’t really work out very well. The parchment ripped that time, and I wanted to find a drier recipe to test it out with.

One of the goodies that I made for the bake sale was PB&J Shortbread Bars/Wedges, which was DELICIOUS (post on its way). The recipe called for a 9-inch springform pan, so I doubled the recipe and made a round version and a square version, using the pre-cut parchment paper for both. Killed two birds with one stone – SWEET!!!

I normally don’t spray oil underneath my parchment paper, but since I’m doing this side by side, I figured that it was my perfect chance! I sprayed nonstick spray onto the 8×8 pan before placing the parchment paper, but I simply just placed the round parchment sheet into the 9 inch springform.  However, I didn’t notice anything different between either spraying and not spraying the pan, so I’m going to say that this isn’t really necessary unless the batter of whatever you make has a chance of seeping underneath the parchment.

As you can see in the pictures below, the tabs were my friend!!! 🙂 As mentioned previously, I think this pre-cut parchment business is for lazy folks, but I absolutely LOVE the tabs of these parchment papers for cake pans. Although the first one failed me, this time, they got be super (actually SUPER DUPER) excited!! With these tabs, I didn’t have to flip the pan over to release the bars/wedges, I just simply lifted and set it down. I even used a pizza cutter to cut the bars and wedges, and the parchment paper didn’t rip/tear because of it. 🙂

I highly suggest these tabbed pre-cut parchment papers for cake pans. They can be found on The Smart Baker’s website for $5.95 for a pack of 24, and they can be purchased in two sizes (the 8 inch square and the 9 inch round). They’re currently having a Spring sale: 20% off everything through 8th. Go and get ’em!! 🙂

Disclaimer: These parchment papers were sent to me by The Smart Baker for my honest review.

Product Testing – The Smart Baker’s 8×8 Pre-Cut Parchment

Product testing for The Smart Baker finally started, and the first thing I decided to make is a honey layer cake (recipe post on its way).

I used an 8×8 square pan for this recipe just so I can test out the pre-cut parchment paper of the same size.

As mentioned previously, I think this pre-cut parchment business is for lazy folks, but I really looked forward to the ones for the cake pan because it had flaps for me to easily pull the cake/bars/brownies out of the pan.

However, the one thing that I was looking forward to failed me!! After baking my cake, I used a knife to run along the sides of the cake for easy removal. I then attempted to lift the cake out solely by pulling the flaps up, but one of the flaps tore on me!! I then had to flip the pan over to get the cake out of the pan.

I’m not ready to rule out this product yet, given that this is a new recipe that I tried. It might be solely the recipe causing this product to fail. As you can see in the next picture, this recipe created quite a bit of steam, causing the parchment to soak and rip, it can happen to any parchment paper. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time, when I’m using it on something a little more dry. 🙂

If you’re intrigued by this product, head on over to the Smart Baker and purchase a pack of 24 of these 8 inch flapped cake-pan parchment papers for $5.95.

Product Testing – Getting Ready

March 14th ~ The Smart Baker posted a product testing opportunity on their Facebook page and I immediately jumped on it and signed up!!

April 12th ~ I receive an email from The Smart Baker telling me that the product is ready to be shipped and soon will be on its way.

April 13th, 14th, & 15th ~ I’m filled with excitement, anticipating the arrival of the product.

April 16th ~ I receive the product in an envelope, and already know what it is without opening it – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper. I open the sample pack and find various sizes of pre-cut parchment paper for various-sized pans – 8 inch square cake pan, 9 inch round cake pan, 13.25×9.25 cookie sheet, 15.25×10.25 cookie sheet, 17.25×11.5 cookie sheet.  I have to say, I am more intrigued by the cake pan ones because they’re the ones that are more annoying to cut for, but I will test out all sizes for various tasks, and I’ll let you know my final thoughts in a couple of posts.  😛

Initial thoughts on pre-cut parchment paper (prior to seeing what’s inside the package): It’s for lazy people.

Current thoughts on pre-cut parchment paper (after seeing what’s inside the package): This is convenient and cool (especially the cake pan ones)!!  But it’s still for lazy people. 😛

I was going to start the testing tonight, but I realized that one of the ingredients of the recipe is expired, so I will test it out tomorrow.