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The Best Cake Pans for Baking

A round chocolate cake with blueberries and chocolate ganache on top Whether you are a baking newbie or a professional chef, having a good pan for baking cakes is essential. Different types of cake pans are used for different baking purposes. Here are some of the best cake pans for baking.

What to Consider in Cake Pans

Here’s what to know before you buy:

  • Size: Consider how big of a cake pan you need or if you want a set of various sizes. Keep in mind the size of your kitchen and storage space.
  • Shape: Determine the cake shape you are planning to bake—the most common are round, but some pans are heart-shaped or square.
  • Cleaning: Determine if the pan is dishwasher safe or hand wash only. Dishwasher-safe pans are obviously quite convenient for quick cleanup. Springform pans will have detachable sides for easier cleaning of the crevices in the pan.
  • Material: Cake pans come in various materials, including glass, stainless steel, etc. Determine which one best suits your cooking needs.

Top Pick: USA Pan Bakeware Round Cake Pan, 9-inch

a round cake pan with a slice of cake missing

This round cake pan measures 9 inches in diameter and is made with commercial-grade aluminized steel. The inside of the pan features Americoat, a patented silicone coating that provides a quick and easy release of all baked goods, with minimal cleanup after use. To clean, wash with hot water, mild soap, and a gentle brush or sponge.

Top Pick

USA Pan Bakeware Round Cake Pan, 9 inch, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, 9-Inch,Aluminized Steel

A 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick coating for easy cake removal and cleaning.

Best Set: Nordic Ware 9-Inch Round Nonstick Natural Aluminum Cake Pans (2 Pack)

two silver cake pans with gold interior

This set of two cake pans allows your baked goods to rise evenly with the aluminum heat conductivity. The reinforced encapsulated steel rim prevents warping. The interior has a nonstick coating for easy release and cleanup. To clean, wash these by hand. They are 9 inches in diameter.

Best Set

Nordic Ware 9" Round Non-stick Natural Aluminum Cake Pans (2 Pack), Metallic

A set of two cake pans with nonstick coating inside and is reinforced to prevent cake warping.

Best for Gifting: Cake Boss Professional Nonstick Bakeware 3-Piece Round Cake Pan Set

a stack of three different sized cake pans

This set of round cake pans includes 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch sizes that nest inside each other for storage. Each pan has a durable, folded aluminized steel construction and wire-reinforced rolled rims to promote strength and stability. The pans are wear-resistant and promote even heat distribution while baking.

Best for Gifting

Cake Boss Professional Nonstick Bakeware 3-Piece Round Cake Pan Set, Silver

A set of three cake pans that nest for easy storage.

Best Springform: MASSUGAR Springform Pan Set

Three stacked black cake pans with spring forms and four bubbles filled with pictures of cakes

This springform cake pan set includes three springform pans in 4 inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch diameters, as well as 50 pieces of parchment paper liners. These cake pans are high-quality and are made with a nonstick coating that is BPA-free. It is safe to put these pans in a microwave oven or pressure cooker as they have a heat resistance of up to 445 degrees Fahrenheit. The spring-latch offers a tight, leak-proof seal to make baking mess-free and with easy cleanup. To clean the pan, wash it by hand with a mild detergent.

Best Springform

Best Dishwasher Safe: HIWARE 8-Inch Round Cake Pan Set of 3

Two cake pans, one empty and one full of cake and a frosted cake with strawberries off to the side

This set of pans is made from heavy-weight carbon steel for durable use. The pans have a reinforced wire rod that prevents warping, and they are also rust-resistant with an easy-release, silicone-based BPA-free coating that makes cleanup easy. It is safe to wash these pans in the dishwasher. The superior heat distribution will ensure your cakes rise evenly.

Best Dishwasher Safe
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