I tried to post this already and don't think it went through, but I apologize if it appears twice.
Years ago I purchased a rather pricey bottomless ring for cakes made of heavy density stainless steel. I put it away and just discovered it. What is its purpose? I think it had something to do with Frosting but what?
The bottomless ring makes it much easier to handle the cake when it's done because, unlike cake pans with bottoms in them, the cake can't stick to the bottom of a pan and become torn. Reduces the "repair" task time. Just pop your ring onto a piece of parchment paper, fill with batter and bake. It's a beautiful thing.