Baking cakes is one of the most satisfying things to do in the world. But it can also be very frustrating if you don’t have the right tools. That’s why we created this blog all about the best cake baking pans. We go over each type of pan (including its advantages and disadvantages) and suggest which ones are great for home bakers.
1. What are the different types of cake baking pans?
The main difference is size. A standard pan is 9 inches while a miniature is 6 inches. A Bundt pan has a flared top and a tube-shaped bottom. It looks like a coffee can with a lid. A tube pan is similar to a Bundt but it has straight sides. A springform pan has a ring around the middle that allows the cake to “spring” open when you remove the pan’s cover.
The most important consideration is whether or not the pan has been “non-stick” coated. Non-stick coatings are very desirable for several reasons:
1. They make it easy to remove the cake from the pan.
2. They prevent food from sticking to the pan and therefore making clean-up a breeze.
3. They prevent non-stick coatings from getting scratched or damaged which can lead to “non-stick” failure. There are several types of non-stick coatings including Teflon, polyethylene, and PTFE. They all work well and have their respective advantages and disadvantages.
In addition to size and non-stick coating, here are some other considerations:
1. Material: Most cake pans are made out of aluminum, steel, or sometimes copper. Some people like aluminum because it is light and doesn’t conduct heat as well as copper or steel. Others say that if the pan gets too hot during baking, it will affect the taste of the cake. I personally don’t think this is true. But, if you are particularly sensitive to temperature, then go with another material.
2. Surface Treatment: There are three different types of surface treatments:
3. Anodized: This gives the pan a hard, non-porous surface that is easy to clean.
2. How to select the right cake pan for your cakes?
Cake pans are usually selected by how much baking space they provide. Larger pans have more room for ingredients to spread out, which allows them to bake a more even cake. Smaller pans allow the cake to cook faster, but it will be rock solid when you cut into it. Choose the size that best fits your needs.
Cake pans are usually identified by the diameter (in inches) of their bottom. A 9-inch pan is usually used for layer cakes, and a 13-inch pan is usually used for sheet cakes. Larger pans have shorter handles than smaller pans, so be sure to check the size of the hand holds when you’re purchasing a set.
3. The importance of cake pans in baking cakes
But what’s the big deal about cake pans? Well, when you bake a cake in a metal or glass pan, it gets very hot. When the cake is removed from the oven, it falls quickly because there is no place for the heat to radiate outwards and slow down the cooling process. This causes the cake to shrink as it cools, which results in cracks all over the surface. When baking a cake in a non-stick pan, the problem is solved because the pan conducts and radiates away the heat, which keeps the cake from getting too hot. But, there is another problem: It’s nearly impossible to remove the cake from the pan without leaving a film of hot grease on the surface of the cake. This makes the cake difficult to frost or coat with powdered sugar.
4. Care and cleaning of cake pans
Cake pans have an easy-to-clean enamel coating that can withstand heavy use. Wash them by hand with soap and water, then rinse well and dry them completely. Avoid using abrasives such as steel wool or fine grit sandpaper when cleaning your pans. They may scratch the enamel coating. If you are cooking with nonstick pans, do not use soap or detergent. It will strip the coating off the pan. Instead, use a solution of baking soda and water. Use only water. Don’t use a commercial cleaner. It will strip the enamel coating right off the pan.
5. Storage of cake pans
Firstly Store your cake pans in a cool, dark place. Don’t stack them. Wrap each one individually with paper or cloth to prevent scratching or chipping of the enamel coating.
Cake pans with nonstick coatings should be tightly wrapped to prevent the coating from being rubbed off. Never stack cake pans with nonstick pans on top of each other. Also, never use metal or glass pans to cool cake pans with nonstick coatings. This is because the heat from the metal or glass pans will cause the cake to shrink, resulting in cracks all over the surface. Cake pans with nonstick coatings can be stored for several years without any special care. Metal and glass pans should not be stored with nonstick pans. These are very dangerous because the heat from the metal or glass pans will cause the nonstick coating to peel off and end up in your food.
The pan that is right for you depends on how much you are willing to spend, what kind of cake you are going to bake and how many people you are going to share your delicious cakes with.
If you are the type of person who has a problem deciding which pan to buy, I have some very bad news for you. It seems there is no such thing as the perfect pan.