Don’t Let Your Springform Pan Leak
If your batter is especially thin or there is a great deal of sugar in your recipe, your pan may leak through the seam along the base of the pan. (Only once have we had a minor leak with one of our pans—and we’ve used them with lots of the recipes.)
To protect against a leak, wrap the base of the pan with aluminum foil. Please note that with aluminum foil shielding the heat, it may take just a little longer to bake.
Beware the Metallic Taste from Tinny Springform Pan Bases
Tinned, aluminum, or stainless springform pans may taint your cake with a metallic taste if it is stored on the pan base. It is okay to store the cake on a glass base or enameled base.
If you are baking in a tinned, aluminum, or stainless pan or would like to remove the cake from the base, cut a sheet of parchment paper and fit it to the base.
Remove Your Cake from the Springform Pan Easily
If you would like to give your cake away, line the pan as above to allow for easy removal.
Let the cake sit in the pan for about five minutes before removing the ring. In a good nonstick springform pan or with a well-greased pan, the ring should fall away without needing to free it with a knife or spatula. To protect a nonstick finish, avoid using a metal edge against the finish.
If you do need to free the cake from the ring, use a cake or frosting spatula* without a sharp edge.
Wash and Store Your Springform Pan with Care
Wash your springform pans with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. While most pans are dishwasher safe, they take up a lot of room and in our experience, tend not to come clean.
Most springform pans are made of lighter gauge metal. Store them carefully where they will not get knocked around and possibly bent.
About the Spatula
*A thin silicone icing spatula is perfect for loosening the ring from your cake. It won’t scratch your non-stick finish and it is flexible enough to follow the contour of the pan. You can learn more about silicone spatulas here.
The Best Springform Pan
Our favorite springform pan is our glass-based Candy Apple Red Silicone Springform Pan. The base is glass, so there’s not metallic taste left to taint your cakes. The ring is made of silicone, so you can peel it away as easily as a candy wrapper when it’s time to remove the cake.
(Updated from May 13, 2014)