To invert a cake simply means to flip it upside down in order to remove the cake from the pan. To do this, place a rimmed baking sheet over the top of the cake pan. Grab the cake pan and the baking sheet and flip it upside down so that the cake pan lands on top of the baking sheet. Remove the cake pan.
If your cake’s decorative side is at the bottom of the cake pan, you can use a large decorative serving platter in place of the baking sheet.
If your cake’s decorative side is at the top of the cake pan, like our recipe for Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, you will need to do a second flip. Place a wire rack or a large serving platter over the cake pan and flip it again so that the streusel is at the top of the cake.