Wednesday, July 6

The best cake pans we tested in 2021

  • The best cake pans release the sponge smoothly, revealing evenly browned sides and bottoms.
  • We tested eight cake pans by baking the same yellow cake in each.
  • Our top cake pan is the KitchenAid Non-Stick 9″ Round for its even baking and easy cake release.

As a young home baker, I mostly use well-loved, hand-me-down cake pans, and have spent a lot of time dealing with the problems warped, discolored, and non-standardized pans can cause. Whether the mix came from a box or you spent hours on the perfect chiffon, it’s a real bummer when your cake sticks to the pan.

Having a quality cake pan is just as important as using a tried and true recipe, allowing you to focus on flavor and texture without worrying about turning out a broken sponge. “I rely on quality pans and quality recipes that will give me wonderful results regardless of what I’m baking,” said Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook.

Nicole Garrett, executive head baker at Susie Cakes, echoed this, telling Insider Reviews the most common mishaps in cake baking are overbaking or cake not releasing from the pans and then tearing. High-quality pans can limit or outright prevent both of those issues.

We chose to test nine-inch round pans because they’re a staple in any kitchen and the most common size called for in recipes. For brands without nine-inch rounds available, we chose eight-inch pans. We consulted three professional bakers to help us identify common problems that arise during cake baking and how cake pans can solve or worsen them. In addition to Adams and Garrett, we spoke with Aya Fuaki of Aya Pastry in Chicago.

For this testing, I tried eight cake pans and baked the same yellow cake mix in each; you can read more about how I tested and what criteria I looked for below.

Here are the best cake pans of 2021