With the best springform pan, the perfect cheesecake is always at hand

I own dozens of cake pans of all kinds, but when it comes to spring pans, my heart is loyal. The best springform pan is made by Fat Daddio’s, and if you love baking, you need one (or, in my case, four). I own these pans in a few different sizes – 6-inch and 12-inch – but a standard 9-inch pan is the perfect choice for most springtime recipes at home.

Fat Dadio’s Springform Cake Mold

Why is this the best spring bowl?

There’s a lot to love about this skillet, but two aspects of its great design stand out. Like all spring pans, it is made of two parts: the base and the outer ring. In many other designs, there is a raised lip around the base that fits into a slit in the outer ring. This slit can make the cake difficult to remove from the pan on the cake stand and often leaves a visible gap on the side of the baked good after removing the moulds. But the design of the Fat Daddio’s removable bottom is reversed: the rim is lower than the bottom of the pan, which is raised—it looks like a mesa—and the outer ring wraps around the raised center portion, leaving a lip around the rim. When the pieces are combined, the spring pan looks like a top hat. This makes it easy to loosen the molds because it’s easy to slide the spoon under the cheesecake – something I’ve always found incredibly difficult in most springform molds because of that little lip. It also ensures impressively straight and beautiful sides that are heightened by the height of the pan – my second favorite feature. I think it has the perfect depth for a spring pan (and many other pans fall short…literally). With a depth of 3 inches, you’ll never feel overflowing, even with your tallest and most impressive baked goods.

There are still more reasons why the Fat Daddio 9″ Nonstick Spring Fryer is my top pick. The heavy-duty, stainless-steel spring-lock buckle on the outer ring is the toughest I’ve tried. It still works just as strong and fast as the day I bought it, with several bakes and laundry left over. It seals tightly (no leaks!) even when working with a thin mixture or a water bath. It also strikes a lot of buzzwords from bakers: It has a non-stick coating and is easy to care for (hand washing recommended). Plus it’s made from restaurant-grade anodized aluminum, which means no warping. It might just be the lovable Springform Cake you finally pass on to your kids after years of baking together. And of course at just $20, this baking pan isn’t even a splurge.

Watch the Springform Fat Daddio template in action.

What other things can I use the Spring form for?

Yes, this is the perfect pan for baking cheesecakes – classic, basque and beyond. But it’s also the perfect baking tool for all kinds of other cakes. Springform pans are great when you’re making a single layer cake that’s taller/deeper, like a fruity cornmeal number. It’s also useful for more delicate baked goods, such as chiffon or flourless chocolate cakes, because no stirring is required. The easy-release base and non-stick surface make it perfect for smoothly rolling up upside-down cake pans, and it also works well with ice cream cakes and other frozen desserts. Personally, I love it for delicious dishes like deep-fried pizza, baked pasta casserole, and tall, impressive pies. Fat Daddio’s even says this fryer is pressure cooker and air fryer safe, so the sky really is the limit here. (Yes, an air fryer cheesecake is a thing.)

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Ricotta Pie with Amarina Cherry

Well, this is actually a cheesecake, but it’s so creamy and light that you won’t care what it’s called, you’ll just order more.

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How do I take care of my Springform tub?

With any springform pan, the most important thing is to make sure it dries well after washing. Keeping the pan dry will keep the spring steel frame rust-free and work better. Avoid using metal utensils as much as possible to keep any non-stick pans soft and not scratched.

Are there other springform tubs out there worthy?

definitely! The only negative about the Fat Daddio skillet in my book is that it is a little bulkier than a standard cheese skillet due to the height and wider base. If you’re looking for a sturdy option that’ll also take up a bit less closet space, find some of our favorites below:

This 9″ Brilliant Red Springform Fryer comes from another trusted cookware brand, Nordic Ware. Not only does this fryer look elegant, it’s made of high-quality aluminum, is freezer-safe, and even comes with a 10-year warranty. They are not dishwasher safe, so hand washing is recommended if you want to keep them looking their best.

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Nordic Ware 9 inch springform frying pan

The silicone spring-loaded pans are prized for their non-stick ability, which can make de-moulding easier, and for their heat resistance – these Norpro pans are safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. They’re perfect for baking in a water bath, but be sure to get one with an airtight, leak-proof seal. These pans often have glass bottoms so you can go straight from the oven to the table for serving.

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Norbro red silicone springform frying pan

Want more bang for your buck? This 2-in-1 springform pan set comes with two interchangeable bases: a flat bottom, like the classic springform, and a tubular base – so you can make Bundt cakes and angel food in the same pan. This Ballarini model comes in three different sizes and is nonstick, dishwasher safe, and oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ballarini 2-in-1 Non-Stick Springform Frying Pan

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