Why does my cake crumble?

Judy asks: When I bake a pound cake, it tends to crumble when I remove it from the pan.  Why does this happen?  And how can I prevent it?

Baking S.O.S. says:  You may be trying to remove the cake from the pan when it is too warm.  You can prevent this by allowing the cake to cool completely in the pan before removing it–at least a couple of hours.  It could also help to prepare the pan so that the cake does not stick to the sides.  Try using a baking spray that includes flour in the spray, such as Baker’s Joy.  Crisco also makes such a spray.  Both can be found in the baking aisle of a regular grocery store.  Finally, lining the pan with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit in the bottom of the pan can also help remove the cake from the pan easier.  Be sure to spray the pan also–even when using parchment paper.