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I am in need of new 9" round cake pans and can't decide if spending the money on the nonstick gold ones at WS is worthwhile. Does anyone have experience with these? Would you recommend them or are there better brands to consider?

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  1. Haven't tried the gold ones, but I like the heavy duty Magic Line pans that are made for restaurant use. Many restaurant supply stores carry them.

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    1. re: kittyfood

      absolutely Magic Line. They are heavy duty aluminum and can take the heat with warping of becoming misshapen. Also on the + side much heavier and sturdy than Wilton etc and much less expensive.

      1. re: Candy

        Nordicware also makes heavy duty aluminum bake ware. It's great stuff, doesn't warp, no coating to worry about. "Non-stick" bake ware has to be greased anyway so I've never understood the benefit.

        1. re: Candy

          Magic Line! heavy, straight, lasts forever, reasonably priced. WS is over-priced for the quality, Wilton is thin, bakes unevenly, dings and dents: junk!

      2. I do not like nonstick cake pans under any circumstances because:
        1) the black stuff will flake off after a while
        2) you cannot stick a paring knife in the edges to loosen the cake
        3) the color causes the crust to get tough and brown and overcooked before the innards has a chance to cook properly.
        Lincoln/Wearever/Magicline/Ateco/Wilton is the standard, and the only brand I will use, either at home or work. Just make sure that you get one that has straight sides, and is a full 2 inches deep; 1-1/2 inches is not good enough.

        1. America's Test Kitchen liked the cake pans by Chicago Metallic and Calphalon.

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          1. re: Norm Man

            Almost all of our baking ware is Chicago Metallic, bought a piece at a time from King Arthur Flour. I cannot recommend it more highly.

          2. I really like the commercial-quality cake pans at WS. They're a good weight, and I've never had any problems with them.

            http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

            1. Don't know if y'all know it, Chicago Metallic has farmed almost all of their production overseas. Fat Daddio's sold their line to Magic Line but are coming back. Both are excellent lines of bakeware. I am just beginning to explore Fat Daddios for stock. I can report more later. I am getting as lot of customer resistance for products made outside the US. Will report later.