Kitchen Tip: What is a Springform Pan?

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In my recent post about olive oil lemon cake baked in a springform pan, I noticed that some of you asked a very important question in the comments: what is a spring form pan?

Sometimes, I forget that when people read my blog, they might be as confused by some of the terminology that I use, just as I would be if I walked into a professional kitchen with no training and the chef started spewing orders at me.

Or, as confused as I get when I try to add numbers higher than I can count on my fingers.

We all have our crosses to bear.

In the name of ‘making life easier’ and more specifically, making cooking and baking easier, let’s talk about what a springform pan is and why in the world you would ever need one.

A springform pan is a type of bakeware that is composed of two pieces: sides that can be detached from the bottom. The base is round and the sides are secured with an interlocking clasp and opens and closes, securing and releasing the bottom of the pan from its sides.

To use the pan, you would prepare and fill it with your batter with the latch firmly closed. Once the contents have cooked and cooled, you run a butter knife around the side of the pan to loosen it and unhook the clasp. The cake remains on the pan’s base for easy serving.

If you’re not a frequent baker, why do you need this kind of pan? Well, here are a few recipes that have caught my eye.

Savories

Paccheriย and Cheese with Peas and Mint from Bon Appรฉtit

Tortilla and Black Bean Pie from Martha Stewart

Italian Sandwich Torte from Shugary Sweets

Herbed Spinach Torte in Potato Crust

Sweets

Blueberry Muffin Cake from Cookies & Cups

Deep Dish Pecan Pie from Bake or Break

Peanut Butter Cup and Brownie Cheesecake from The Gold Lining Girl

Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberries from Tablespoon

 

 

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22 Comments

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    Ashley
    May 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I’m a cooking/baking idiot, but I did know this one!

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    Tara
    May 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I made a deep dish pizza in a spring form pan once! It was delicious.

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    sweetlife
    May 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    great post!! when I began baking, I was soo lost!

    sweetlife

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    brandi
    May 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    i love my springform pan! it makes awesome cheesecakes AND dark chocolate tarts.

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    Jessica
    May 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have three different sizes that my grandmother gave me when I got married. She is known for her cheesecakes and she was intent on me learning how to do them just like her. I am good but not that good but at least I can say I have 3 sizes to choose from! LOL!

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    Little Inbox
    May 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I have not invest in one yet.

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    The Teenage Taste
    May 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for the info on spring form pans, Maris! I’ve always had a vague idea as to what they were, but you cleared up all the confusion. Now I just need to get out and buy one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Alyssa - fashion fitness foodie
    May 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I just found out what a springform pan was 6 months ago when I made the best cheesecake ever!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    May 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

    That’s something I don’t have at our house. Need to buy one in order to make your cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Cakewhiz
    May 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I like using springforms but only for cheesecakes and tarts. I have a hard time using them for cakes :S

    I live in chicago…that bake sale sounds like a great idea. I will check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Angela
    May 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I still need to get a springform pan. Good luck with your bake sale. I am sure it will rock.

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    mandy
    May 11, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I have three different springform pans and I love them dearly.

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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    May 11, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I always wondered what was so special about springform pans. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bee
    May 11, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Thank you! Adding it to my Culinary Wish List. Though I fear a donut-shaped baking tin might come first ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    May 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I don’t have one….If I liked cheesecake I think I would need one because I would want them to look pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Christy
    May 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I am not someone who cooks either so I have no idea until you educated me in this post ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Jennifer (Savor)
    May 11, 2011 at 12:31 am

    So funny as I never had one until about 8 years ago and now I have 5 of various sizes. I love them altohugh I do not use them enough.

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    Erica
    May 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I don’t have a springform pan but have always wanted one! I love how they make sure pretty creations (if they loosen up properly ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Daryl
    May 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    They are also great when making cheesecake. It’s hard to find the 8″ one for some reason the 9′ one is easier to find.

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    yummychunklet
    May 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I didn’t know what a springform pan was till I joined French Fridays with Dorie. Ha!

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