If you have been baking cakes for some time, you’d know the struggle of using the normal pan. How many cakes have you ruined before succeeding? Yeah, I know the pain and I’m sure you would agree that the best springform pan is heaven sent.
The difficulty is even increased when you begin baking smaller sized cakes. Due to its size, it becomes even easier to ruin. Forget about making a cute single person cake if you only have a regular pan.
Anyone who has baked a cake wants to make it as beautiful and presentable as possible. You’d want it to look like the ones you see at the cake shops or even better. Your skills notwithstanding, the tools like the baking pan also plays a huge role in the success or failure of your endeavor.
If you want to increase your batting average, investing in a springform pan is the way to go. This pan will make it possible for you bake like a pro by making it easy to remove the cake from the pan. Unlike regular pans, you don’t need to struggle with removing the cake with a springform pan.
How to Use a Springform Pan
So how do you use a springform pan? What makes it different from a regular baking pan? Well, the idea is simple. The pan comes in two part—the base of the pan which can be separated from the side and the side which is locked and sealed through a latch or a spring.
When using the springform pan, you have to make sure that the base fits exactly to the ring in the side. This will ensure that the pan is really sealed and won’t leak. Springform pans are known to experience leakages because unlike regular pan wherein the base and the side are contiguous, the springform is separate. This separation is remedied by having that ring on the side to fit the base and seal it when the latch is tightened.
If you’re using a silicone pan, it comes with a silicone ring which serves a sealant for the base. You need to wrap the base with it before clamping it shut. This process takes a bit of getting used to, but when you get the hang of it, it’s actually easy.
After you’re sure that the pan is fully sealed, you can then use it like a regular pan and bake your cake. So why the need to separate the base from the side? Although this separation can cause leakage when improperly sealed, this is actually what makes the springform pan work. It is its strength rather than its weakness.
When the cake is cooked, all you need to do is unlock the latch and remove the side. After that, all you need to do is either serve it or put some toppings on it. Often times, the base is designed as a serving platter so there is really no need to transfer the cake. With the springform pan, you have an assurance that you won’t ruin your cake.
Top Reasons to Buy a Springform Pan
As already mentioned, it’s easy to ruin your cake with the regular pan. This is particularly true if you are just starting out in your baking career. Whether you want to bake professionally or just as a hobby, there’s really no reason to subject yourself with the pains of ruining your cake.
We all struggled with our first few cakes. We have ruined our cakes structure just when we remove it from the pan. After all the sweat and preparation the collapse has to happen just when you are almost done and just about ready to serve.
Before the advent of silicone based springform pans, the only way to bake a cake is to do it upside down. When the case is cooked, the only way to remove it is by gently tapping the base until the cake is separated and ready to be free from the pan.
Do I need to tell you what’s likely to happen especially if you’re baking cheesecake? I don’t think so. It will only open old wounds and you’d only wish springform pans came earlier.
I believe that is reason enough to invest in a springform pan. Unless you’re a masochist, the main reason for buying this kind of baking pan is to free you from the pain that comes with removing the cake from a regular pan and its eventual ruin.
How I Picked My Springform Pan
In taking my picks for this review, there are a few things that I took into considerations. I believe you should consider these qualities as well when picking your own springform pan.
The most important thing when considering a springform pan is that it should allow scant leaking as possible. If you’re cooking the cheesecake in a water bath, you don’t want water to be seeping into your cake.
If you’re using the oven, you also don’t want the cake batter to be leaking to it. Unfortunately, even with silicone rings, springform pans do leak and a leak-proof one is yet to be invented. This being said, some pans do leak more than others and the key is to choose the one the leaks a lot less.
You should also be looking at a well-built pan. The latch should work as expected and not move when locked. It must also be resistant to rusting otherwise it will just eventually break. The bottom should be able to withstand the pressure of the locked latch and the heat that it will be subjected to.
It must be strong enough not to warp with the heat or dent. Another indicator of a good bottom is if it can double as a serving platter so that you don’t need to remove delicate cakes like cheesecake and flourless tortes. The entire pan should be thick and heavy enough to allow the cake to cook evenly. Thin pans tend to over bake the cake.
The entire pan, since it will be subjected to extreme heat and pressure should be strong enough not to dent or warp. You have to look for pans that are made of coated steel or aluminum. You have to avoid thin materials because it absorbs heat easily resulting in a burnt crust.
Easy cake release
The main reason for buying a springform pan is that it releases cake better than regular pans. If it doesn’t do that job, then it defeats its purpose. A lot of pans these days come with non-stick coating making it easy to release cakes.
A little caveat concerning non-stick pans though, it easily scratches off and some believe that the Teflon coat can release carcinogenic materials.
Easy to clean
Lastly, the pan should be easy to clean. Cake batter tends to stick to utensils and it can be a pain to clean. If you can get a dishwasher safe pan, so much the better. This being said, there are pans that are really just hard to clean and are not dishwasher safe.
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My Top 7 Springform Pan
With the above standards, here are my best 7 springform pans. I have tested these pans on cheesecakes and any other cakes that need to be upside down in order to remove. This gave me insight on which ones really work in real scenarios and which ones don’t. I also tested these cakes on really fragile recipes to see which one release cakes well.
Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan, 10 Cup, 9 Inch
If you’re going to use your springform primarily for delicate cakes like cheesecakes, look no further than the Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan, 10 Cup, 9 Inch. The two qualities that stand out of this pan are non-stick coating and the almost leak-proof bottom. The bottom is well sealed that I almost believe it’s leak-proof. Removing the cake is easy because of its non-stick property. It also makes cleaning super easy even if I need to hand wash it with mild detergent.
Another thing that I like about this pan is its easy release design. Releasing a cake, even the most delicate ones is easy because the latch releases without a hitch. With its 10-cup capacity, you can bake the size of cake you like.
It generally has great reviews from other users and it corresponds to my own personal experience with this pan. The price is also a good value for what this pan is capable of doing.
- It’s so easy to use
- Large capacity, can bake any size cake
- Non-stick and easy release latch makes removing of cake easy
- Tight seal makes it virtually leak-proof
- The metal base will tarnish over time
- Constant dish washing wears it out
Nordic Ware Bundt Fancy Springform Pan with 2 Bottoms, 9 Inch
If you want a bit of an option with your cake form, the Nordic Ware Bundt Fancy Springform Pan is what you’re looking for. It comes with two bottom designs giving you the option of baking a cake with the standard bottom or a hollow center with flutings at the top.
It does everything that the previous pan can do considering they both come from Nordic Ware. It’s also non-stick coated and virtually leak proof. The 10-cup capacity makes it huge enough for baking larger size cakes.
Made of aluminum steel, this pan is rust resistant and doesn’t warp of dent. You can be sure that this will be a keeper for the long haul.
- Two bottoms allow for greater flexibility
- Sturdy build, virtually warp and rust-proof
- Advantageous for baking large cakes
- Not dishwasher friendly
- Metal bottom will tarnish after long use
Springform Pan, MCIRCO 7" Non-stick Cake Pan
If you’re using a pressure cooker, the MCIRCO 7” is the perfect site that will fit. Designed for fragile baking, this durable heavy gauge steel constructed, non-stick coated pan ensures that your cake will have a nice crust but not burnt. The release is effortless and you can be sure that the integrity of your cake is preserved.
The spring latch is so tight when locked, it’s virtually leak-proof and you can expect that there won’t be a mess of dripping batter. You have to avoid using sharp tools when releasing the cake because it can easily scratch the surface of the pan. Besides, it’s really not necessary because it effortlessly releases anything you’re baking. Another thing I like about this pan is that it’s really affordable.
- Great for fragile baking
- Sturdy build you can be sure it won’t warp
- Perfect size for pressure cooker baking
- A bit smaller for large cakes
- Scratches easily
- Not dishwasher friendly
Cuisinart AMB-9SPCH 9-Inch Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware Springform Pan
If you’re looking for a strong and sturdy pan that will surely not warp, the Cuisinart AMB-9SPCH 9-Inch Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware Springform Pan is the contender. The strength of this pan is reinforced with the rolling of the edges which really prevents warping. Its non-stick interior ensures that cake will remove easily from this pan.
You don’t have worry about your delicate cheesecake getting ruined because it will release easily while keeping its structure. The bottom can double as a serving plate and you can directly use it to decorate your cake.
Made from heavy-gauge steel, you can be sure with even heat distribution resulting in a well-cooked cake with a nice crust.
Despite its nice features, this springform pan is a bit leaky. There is a little gap in between the bottom plate and the side where water can seep through. This is not ideal for water bath cooking and expect some mess when baking with the oven.
- Strong and sturdy, won’t warp
- Easy release mechanism
- Ideal for fragile baking
- Rolling edge reinforcement
- It’s leaky
- The bottom doesn’t fit perfectly
Farberware 46406 Nonstick Bakeware Round Springform Pan, 9"
This pan is similar in features to the Cuisinart AMB-9SPCH 9-Inch only more expensive. It has the same rolled-rim sides for added strength and warp resistance.
Made from heavy duty steel, you can expect this pan to have a good heat distribution resulting in a good crust in your cake. The non-stick coating will ensure that cakes are easily removed ensuring good structural soundness.
Similar to the previous pan, this too has a little flaw in its design. The base is a bit recessed and you can just expect that this is going to be leaky. This also results in a little difficulty releasing cakes from time to time. The typical complaint from users about this product is really the leak that they experience.
- Tough and sturdy, won’t warp
- Easy release mechanism
- Rolling edge reinforcement
- Have a bit of a problem with release
Norpro Silicone 9 Inch Springform Pan with Glass Base
With this pan, you can bake all sorts of cakes because its silicone sides guarantee safe and easy release of anything you bake. The silicone doesn’t live any stain or odor, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals left in your food.
The silicone side is also strong enough to withstand temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You can be sure that the side will not deform even under high pressure and heat.
The glass bottom allows you to bake, serve and slice in place because it can double the role of an attractive platter. Since it made of non-stick materials, it’s durable and so easy to clean. It has generally gathered amazing reviews from a lot of users
- Highly versatile not only for fragile baking
- Really easy to release a cake with its silicone sides
- High heat resistance
- The silicone ring is a bit difficult to attach
- May leak if the silicone ring is not properly fastened
- More expensive compared to similar products
Wilton Perfect Results 3 Piece Springform Set
If you’re looking forward to baking different cake sizes, the Wilton Perfect Results 3 Piece Springform Set is what you’re looking for. It comes in 3 different sizes allowing you to bake 3 different sized cakes. With this pan set, you actually get more than what you pay for because it’s almost priced the same as other pans in this review, and yet, you get 3 pans in a set.
All the different sizes are stamped on the handles for easy references. All made from reinforced non-stick materials, cake release is easy with these pans. It’s also easy to clean because it’s dishwasher safe.
One disadvantage with these pans is that it tends to be leaky. This is not a good choice if you plan to cook on water bath. Even with the oven the cake batter tends to leak at the bottom.
- Comes in 3 sizes, allows for greater flexibility
- Reinforced non-stick coating allows easy release
- It’s leaky
While I don’t subscribe to the idea that a springform pan is going to be leak-proof, I always try to go for the least leaky among them and for that my winner in this review is the Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan, 10 Cup, 9 Inch. The latch of this pan is just too tight and the base and side just fits well together its virtually leak-proof. The price is also reasonable and I can't complain about the value I get.
If you’re looking for a bit of flexibility in cake design with the same well-built pan, you can go for the Nordic Ware Bundt Fancy Springform Pan with 2 Bottoms, 9 Inch. You might need to pay a little extra but you will still get the same value. This pan is also virtually leak-proof, has the same 10-cup capacity which is common among most pans. You get a couple of extra bases allowing you an extra cake design if you want to. All in all, these pans from Nordic are the best value for your money.
Another one that I would recommend would be the Springform Pan, MCIRCO 7" Non-stick Cake Pan. This is also virtually leak-proof but a bit smaller if you want to bake a bigger cake. You can use the pressure cooker with this pan because it fits perfectly.
The rest of the pans suffer from leaks. Although there is really no such thing as leak-proof springform pan, I would still steer clear of pans that do leak a lot. I tried to remedy the leaks with tin foil and it worked, but it's the one thing that I don't like to do. I expect the pan to work rather than me doing some tricks to make it work.
Do you have experience baking with springform pan? How did it go? Would you like to share your thoughts in the comment section below?