Springform pans aren’t an essential item, but they certainly are convenient if you love to bake. Whether you’re making a classic cheesecake or experimenting with deep-dish pizza, these pans can tackle many fun cooking projects. If you’re thinking about adding a springform pan to your kitchen, you’re probably wondering how big your pan has to be. Don’t worry; we’ve done all the research on the ideal size for a springform pan.
The standard sizes for a springform pan are 9’’ x 9’’ x 3’’ and 10’’ x 10’’ x 3’’. Both of these dimensions are ideal for baking a traditional cheesecake. While there are smaller and larger springform pans now available, most recipes will call for one of these standard sizes.
As more home chefs get interested in springform pans, manufacturers have flooded the market with dozens of different shapes and sizes. If you’re still struggling to choose from the many springform pan varieties, be sure to keep reading as we delve into various options with examples of how to use this bakeware.
The Many Shapes of Springform Pans
Just like there’s a wide variety of springform pan sizes, there are a few different springform pan shapes to choose from. You could now find a few square springform pans for sale in addition to the standard circular design.
This rectangular design might be a good idea if you want to bake lasagna in a springform pan.
Lastly, you could now uniquely shaped springform pans. Please give this heart-shaped pan a look if you want to surprise that special someone on Valentine’s Day!
The Many Uses of Springform Pans
While there’s nothing wrong with some fresh-baked cheesecake, bakers might wonder whether a springform pan is an expensive, one-trick-pony. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on a new piece of bakeware, chances are you want it to have more than one feature.
Thankfully, you can use springform pans for a wide variety of non-cheesecake recipes. For instance, many people rave about cooking ice cream cakes, tres leches cakes, and tortes in their springform pans. You could also use springform pans for dinner-worthy dishes, including lasagna, deep-dish pizza, and chicken pot pie.
Be sure to review these many alternative recipes people have been using springform pans for to gauge how often you’ll use this pan.
Can I Make A Regular Cake In A Springform Pan?
Springform pans can be used interchangeably with cake pans—but there’s a catch. Unfortunately, springform pans have a tendency to leak, which often results in a mess if you’re using gooey cake batter. For this reason, some home chefs don’t recommend baking standard cake batter in a springform pan.
This doesn’t mean you can’t use springform pans for regular cakes, but you need to be wary about leakage. We’d recommend using aluminum foil around your springform pan like America’s Test Home Kitchen explains in this video:
If cooking regular cakes in a springform pan is a big deal for you, then you might want to consider a leakproof silicone pan. Compared with standard metal springform pans, silicone models tend to have less leakage. Indeed, some chefs say silicone springform pans perform so well that you could bake pudding without worrying about spillage.
What Is The Best Size Springform Pan For Cheesecake?
Traditionally, the best size springform pan for cheesecake is between 9’’ x 9’’ and 10’’ x 10’’. However, that doesn’t mean these sizes will be the best option for you. For instance, if you like making smaller, personalized desserts, then you might want to consider the many mini springform pans now available. You could easily find 4’’ mini springform pan sets for your unique cheesecakes.
Choosing your ideal springform pan size depends on what you like to bake and how you like to prepare your dishes. Consider the serving size you typically bake and recipe recommendations before choosing your springform pan.
Do Springform Pans Leak?
Now that you know what size springform pan you want, you may want to consider whether it’s leakproof. Wait a second, springform pans can leak? Yes, springform pan leakage is an all-too-common annoyance in the pastry world. If you’d like to learn more about this issue, be sure to read our post entitled, “Are Springform Pans Supposed To Leak?”
Are Springform Pans Non-Stick?
Not all springform pans are non-stick. However, most are. Just like non-stick cooking pans, these springform pans have a thin Teflon coating to prevent your cakes from sticking to the bottom or sides.
Even though springform pans have a non-stick layer, you may still want to add some grease and parchment paper. Although this isn’t a requirement, it could extend the life of your springform pan. Be sure to check out our post on whether you should grease your springform pan for more info on this topic.
To learn more about the dos and don’ts of non-stick cookware, we’d suggest reading one of KitchenSeer’s many posts on the topic. For starters, be sure to take a peek at our post entitled, “When Should You Throw Away Nonstick Pans?”
Alternatives For A Springform Pan
If you don’t feel like investing in a springform pan, you could use a regular 9’’ or 10’’ cake pan as a substitute. Just be sure to grease your pan well and use parchment paper to your advantage. In fact, you may want to criss-cross your parchment paper to create a sling before pouring in your batter. Once your cake is ready, you could easily pull up on your parchment paper to retrieve a picture-perfect cheesecake.
It’s also worth mentioning that disposable aluminum pans are an excellent substitute for springform pans. Since these pans aren’t reusable, you could cut the sides away to reveal your gorgeous cheesecake.
If you’d like to learn more about these alternative springform pans, be sure to read our post entitled, “Is A Springform Pan Necessary For Cheesecake?”
Can I Substitute A Bundt Pan For a Springform Pan?
Although it’s not common to substitute a Bundt pan for a springform pan, it’s not unheard of. In fact, there are a few Bundt cheesecake recipes now swirling around the internet. Of course, your cheesecake won’t have a traditional look with a hole in the center, but maybe you’re someone who loves to set new baking trends!
The convenient thing about using a Bundt pan is that they are usually the same size as traditional springform pans. Indeed, standard Bundt pans measure between 9’’ and 10’’, which could help you convert springform-centric recipes.
Also, just like springform pans, Bundt pans have many fun alternate uses. Instead of Bundt cakes and Bundt cheesecakes, be sure to add some of these alternative ideas to your Bundt pan meal plan:
- Monkey Bread
- Jello Mold
- Pull-Apart Bread
- Donut Cake
If you’re looking for some sweet inspiration, be sure to check out this Bundt pan recipe for a chocolate cheesecake:
Although most recipes using springform pans call for standard-sized pans (9" circular or 10" circular), various shapes and sizes are available. Choose a pan size based on your recipe's recommendations and preferred presentation. Springform pans can be used for various dishes, from tortes to deep-dish pizzas, so they can be a versatile addition to your kitchen. Remember to grease or line your pan, and if you don't have one available, try any of the aforementioned alternative bakeware for your next recipe.