Baking Basics: Greasing and Flouring Pans
Here are the no-fail techniques we use to grease and flour pans before baking.
If a recipe directs you to grease a baking pan, do so in advance of preparing the batters (batters can lose some leavening if left to stand) and do so whether or not the pan is nonstick. Butter, shortening, and nonstick cooking spray all work well. Flour provides an added layer of protection against sticking and makes for an easy and clean release.