Pans That Perform: Our Top Cake Pans

Cake pans can affect texture, color, and whether your layers come out beautifully intact-or broken. From uncoated to nonstick, check out our top picks for pans that perform. 

  1. Nordic Ware Natural Prism 13×9-inch Baking Pan

Best for sheet cakes, brownies, and bars, this pan features an embossed grid pattern throughout, increasing its strength, scratch-resistance, airflow, and release. That means each treat emerges with a crisp crust, moist interior, and evenly baked.

2.  Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick Round Cake Pan, 9 inch

A super smooth, gold-hued ceramic coating gives this pan the Midas touch with cakes. In addition to being nonstick and (literally) as strong as steel, this pan resists rust, corrosion, and abrasion that can soil other nonstick surfaces—it’s even dishwasher safe.

3. Chicago Metallic Commercial Round Cake Pan, 9 inch

An uncoated aluminized steel construction makes this commercial-grade cake pan an all-star at conducting heat. Nixing the nonstick coating also allows the metal to tolerate a higher oven temperature and makes it dishwasher safe. Just remember to use baking spray with flour to prevent sticking.

4. Fat Daddio’s Round Cheesecake Pan, 9×2 inches

The construction of this removable-base pan means no awkward lines and no leaking batter. Its straight, even walls distribute heat flawlessly and make your cakes look professional. Plus, it’s also perfect for streusel-topped delights and any other baked goods with toppings that need to be handled with care. Available in 2-inch and 3-inch depths. 

5. USA Pan Round Cake Pan, 9 inch

The fluted design that lines the bottom of this pan facilitates increased air circulation, helps prevent warping, and allows cake layers to release easier. Paired with USA Pan’s sturdy nonstick silicone coating, you’re guaranteed the perfect cake every time.

6. Cake Boss Professional Bakeware Square Cake Pan, set of 3

Made of folded aluminized steel, this graduated nonstick set is ideal for any baker who loves to entertain. Wire-reinforced rims give a stronger grip and enhanced durability, while the quilted base releases cakes with ease. Set of three includes 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch pans; also available in round.

7. GreenPan Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Round Cake Pan, 8 inch

Covered in a ceramic nonstick coating that is free of toxic chemicals, this new addition to GreenPan’s bakeware line is made for the eco-friendly baker. It boasts reinforced square-rolled rims for extra strength and a wide grip surface, plus a heavy gauge steel construction for quick and efficient heat conduction.

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  1. I’m sad- no mention of Parrish Magic Line Pans – and they are made in the USA!!
    Love mine – and search them out when I need more or any new sizes and shapes.

  2. Hey, wonderful designs for cake pan. I was always looking for something that helps me to make a good cake in pans, and here I found some good designs. I like the different varieties you have in cake pans. I can say that my cake will be super good in your pans. The option you have used for coating pan with ceramics is this is non- stick. Good option.

    • Hi EL,

      Thank you for reaching out! We’d recommend any of these pans for someone who is a beginner at cooking or baking! Definitely the 9in and 8in round cake pans are the most common. Happy Baking!


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