Common Questions About Cake & Pie Pans
What is a springform pan?
A springform's sides can be removed without moving the baked good or the bottom of the pan. This design is especially useful for deep pans in which the crust is likely to break when being removed. Springform – often spelled spring form – pans also work quite well with deep-dish pizzas. Tall dishes have a tendency to break as they are removed because the operator has no way to reach the bottom of the dish to extract it carefully. If you can instead remove the sides after cooking, no force is exerted upon the delicate crust, which is especially important if you're using something like a graham cracker crust that is prone to breaking. Springforms attach via a clasp at either end, pulling the circular pan tight before you put the cake inside. Once cooked, undo the clasp and the band will loosen, enabling you to lift the springform away and leave the cake or pie pristine.
What is a bundt cake pan?
A bundt pan shapes batter into a specific design that becomes a traditional bundt cake when removed from the pan. Bundt cakes have a light crust and a hollow space in the middle, like a donut. After being shaped in a bundt cake pan, these cakes present an intriguing shape perfect for decorations and new interpretations of old recipes. KaTom also offers several similar cake molds for other traditional cake styles, such as Sand Torte, angel food cake, or pound cake. The design at the bottom of the pan – which will be at the top of the cake ¬– determines the type of cake pan.
What are pastry molds?
Pastry molds are shaped baking pans that help chefs shape dough to match a specific pastry design. A patisserie needs a variety of molds to help shape pastries into the rare treats their customers expect. Molds enable the chef to stack several pastry layers without the tower falling over in the oven. Adding elevation to your plating creates eye-catching differentiations that make your dishes memorable. Molds also give chefs crisp edges on their dishes, preventing a sloppy, leaning mess. Decide which pastries or cakes you hope to serve and find the pastry or cake mold that matches.
Why would I need a cake or pie pan with a removable bottom?
A cake or pie pan with a removable bottom functions similarly to a springform cooking pan. A removable-bottom pan has a separate section comprising the bottom that can be lifted out the top of the pan. Like a springform pan, this type is designed to preserve the crust or sides of whatever you're baking, sparing the damage from being pried out of a tin. Dishes that cannot be turned upside down and freed from their cooking pan are especially suited to removable-bottom pans. Pushing up from the bottom will free your cake from the dish smoothly. This design enables you to decorate the top while the dish is still cooking, widening your options.