Who knew there were so many different kinds of pans? While springform pans are often considered a kind of cheesecake pan, they're technically different. Whether you're making cupcakes, an ice cream cake, or other sweet goodies, you've got to use the right tool for the job. Parchment paper is a staple, but it's also important to have inch round cake pans, oven-safe nonstick bakeware, a non-stick surface, a water bath, and maybe even an inch springform pan, depending on what you're whipping up. If you're going to use one of these pans to make baked goods like your favorite cheesecake recipe, it's important to know the difference.
What is a Cheesecake Pan?
A cheesecake pan is an aluminum or tin mold to make cheesecake. It has two pieces, and there are mini cheesecake pans that can also make things like quiches. When it comes to bakeware, this is a good baking pan to have in your kitchen arsenal alongside your muffin pan, loaf pans, bundt pan, pressure cooker or Instant Pot, etc. If you can get a cake pan set, all the better!
What is a Springform Pan?
Springform pans can be used to make cheesecake. Springform cake pans, "While similar to the traditional cheesecake pan, springform cake pans actually release from the sides as well as the bottom," according to Gourmet Sleuth.
"When your cake has cooled, you simply open the latch on the side," Cheesecake It Is reports. "The ring will then expand separating it from the bottom disc." That makes it easier to have an easy release of your cheesecake without damaging it.
What Are They Made Out Of?
Cheesecake pans can be made out of stainless steel, aluminized steel, silicone, and other materials. They can have a removable bottom or glass at the bottom of the pan. They are sometimes advertised as having a non-stick coating and being leak-proof.
Companies will sometimes boast of their durability or lifetime warranty, so those are things you should look for if you're seeking out a cheesecake pan or non-stick springform pan. Some are heavy-duty and dishwasher safe, although, with their size, many people opt to just handwash cheesecake pans.
What are you waiting for? Head to your local kitchen store or Amazon and pick out the perfect pan.
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