Types of Cake Baking Pans

There are more baking pan types than ever these days, with not only standard baking pans (which come in a wide range of shapes and sizes) but novelty baking pans in ever-increasing innovative and creative shapes and designs for all occasions. You can bake a cake in almost any pan that is deep enough, however for certain specialty cakes you must have the right cake pan.

Standard Baking Pans

Baking pans range in size from 4 inches to 36 inches, with a complete baking-pan set including all of these sizes. Standard baking pans include the round 9-inch cake pan, the 9 x 11 bake pan, and the 9 x 13 cake pan. A round pan is the most popular shape for cakes next to rectangle and square pans, which are also common but which produce uneven baking, with the cake higher in the center and thinner on the sides. Typical baking pans are made from aluminum and often come with non-stick coating.

Loaf Pans

Loaf pans can be used not only for loaf breads but for cakes. They are made from aluminum or tin, and modern-day loaf pans have nonstick surfaces for easy removal of your finished product.

Springform Pans

Springform baking pans feature side and bottom parts that can be detached. They are ideal for cakes such as cheesecakes, layered cakes, and for molding mousse cakes. Normally, you turn a cake pan upside down to remove the cake to cool. With a springform pan you remove the pan from the cake by opening a clamp (which holds the parts of the pan together), leaving your cake right-side up.

Angel Food Cake Pans

Consisting of an outer circular pan with a tube in the center, this pan was named for the cake the originated its design - the angel food cake. The sides of this baking pan are especially high, allowing the traditional cake to rise and take shape. Some angel food pans come with a detachable side and inner cone that don't require greasing, allowing you to easily remove your cake when it's finished baking.

Ring-Shaped Pans

There are three types of ring-shaped pans: the tube pan, the Bundt pan, and the Savarin.

The ring or tube pan is circular and comes with or without an opening in the center, and with or without a non-stick coating.

The Bundt pan creates what is known as a Bundt cake - that is, an attractive ring-shaped cake with grooves on the side.

Savarin pans are ring pans made from aluminum that create appealing, unique, and interesting desert cakes.

Additional Cake Pans

Additional cake pan varieties include: square removable-bottom pans, glass bake pans, fluted round tart pans, triangle cake pans, cake baking molds

Novelty Cake Pans

Novelty cake pans are all the rage among novice and professional bakers today. Crafted in numerous simple to intricate shapes, they produce specialty cakes for all occasions and add detail, fun, and a "wow" factor to your finished product. Moreover, novelty cake pans introduce an element of fun, humor, and stylistic flare to the baking process.

Here are but some of the many novelty cake pans you can find today:

•- Heart-shaped cake pans

•- Holiday cake pans

•- Cartoon Character cake pans (i.e. Bugs Bunny, Batman, Mickey Mouse)

•- Alphabet Character (A-Z) cake pans

•- Half-Round cake pans

•- Checkerboard cake pan

•- Choo-Choo Train cake pan

•- Castle cake pan

To find special occasion cake pans, visit a specialty baking store or search the Internet for websites that offer exclusive cookware and baking products.