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Nov 4, 2012 01:36 PM

Looking for Cake Pans

My daughter's birthday is on December 23rd and I'm starting to get tired of visiting chaotic and crowded bakeries so close to Christmas to get her birthday cake, so this year I thought I would bake one myself.

I'm looking for some "basic" cake pans (btw, what is the "standard" size, if there is such a thing?). A quick look on Amazon shows a brand called Wilton. Any good? Or can anyone recommend another brand or style I should look at.


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  1. Wilton built an empire on cakes and decorating, so I'd bet that their equipment is pretty darn good. 8" or 9" is the "standard" size--they also have a wide range of specialty shaped pans, if that's something you'd be interested in.....

    1. King Arthur's pans are very good, imo. Don't know if the price is competitive or not.

      1. Sometimes we make a 9x13 cake but also layer cakes. Sometimes they are 3 - 9 or 8 inch layers so I have 3 of each. I like the ones that are about 2 inches deep. I like something in bare aluminum. Non stick seems to get cakes too dark on the bottom for me. Sometimes we make cheesecakes so use springform pans for that, but sizes vary according to recipes. I also have a few recipes that go in a jelly roll pan like White Texas sheet cake. Wilton has these types of pans but basically I look for no finish and a fairly heavy construction. Sometimes Walmart has them, maybe Nordicware.

        1. Or you could see if there is a restaurant supply store in your area.....

          1. Wilton makes very good pans. If you don't have any cake pans, then 9" rounds will be fine for most recipes. Get 2 of them--most recipes call for 2 pans.
            If you buy from Amazon, here is a good suggestion:

            Baker's Secret and Chicago Metallic are other brands that are pretty widely available in places like Target and Walmart. They aren't expensive, maybe $5-6 each, and will be fine if you bake occasionally.

            7 Replies
            1. re: iluvcookies

              I was looking at those, but some of the reviews say that the sides are not straight which I imagine would be problematic.

              I saw this one too (8 inch)...


              1. re: Philly Ray

                I have to believe that those Wilton pans on Amazon would be quite serviceable.

                1. re: Philly Ray

                  The sides aren't straight on which brands?

                  1. re: KSlink

                    According to some of the reviews on Amazon, the sides are not straight on the 9 inch Wilton pans in the link that iluvcookies posted.

                  2. re: Philly Ray

                    The angle is very, very slight... those reviews are nitpicking. They will be fine if you use them.

                    I'd stick with 9" pans.

                    1. re: iluvcookies

                      ^ Agree with this. I have some grocery store pans that are so slanty they may as well be pie pans. I grease them without flouring, and the cakes pull away from the sides as they rise. They probably don't get as tall this way, but the sides are straight, and they have even tops. I usually don't bother to trim them before assembling a layer cake.

                    2. re: Philly Ray

                      The pan set on amazon is slanted, you'll never get even layers with them. It's better to buy Wilton pans separately & with the same code number on the bottom of the pan to avoid having to carve your baked layers to size. I have numerous sizes of Wilton pans in light weight & heavy weight, as well as magic Line & Fat Daddios ( past biz) but use my light weight Wilton rounds, & Magic Line square & slab pans the most. I've always steered away from dark or non stick pans for cakes as don't like the way they bake up. If you have a Michaels in your area, you can use their coupons & get 40 - 50% off Wilton cake pans. Just be sure you don't buy the nesting two pan set! : )