The Best Baking Pans

Published on 11/28/2023 · 10 min readBake like a pro with our guide to the best baking pans, where we explore materials, sizes, and features that will help you achieve perfect results in your kitchen creations.
Shelby Owens, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Shelby Owens

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Baked goods are hard — we already knew that. But sometimes our errors are not on us. I've learned that uneven cooking, burning, and even undercooking can all stem from poor-quality baking pans (mostly cheap aluminum pans). So… let’s fix that! There are tons of affordable, high-quality pans to get you started on the right foot. Whether you're a seasoned home baker or a newbie trying to perfect your chocolate chip cookie game, having the best baking pans is the secret ingredient to success. In this guide, I'll review some top-notch baking pans that promise to take your baked creations to new heights.

The Star of the Show - Fluted Elegance: Anolon Advanced Bakeware non-stick Fluted Mold Pan, 9.5-Inch

This cake has a hole in it! (That’s for all my Big Fat Greek Wedding fans). The Anolon Advanced Fluted Mold Pan is not your average bundt pan; it's a statement piece. With its intricate fluted design, this pan turns every bundt cake into a masterpiece. The non-stick coating ensures easy release, and the durable construction prevents warping, making it a reliable choice for both novice and experienced bakers.

Why I Love It:

  • Fluted design for stunning bundt cakes.
  • Durable construction prevents warping.
  • Silicone handles to help with easy-release

Versatility Redefined - From Brownies to Lasagnas: Caraway Non-Stick Square Pan

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Okay, you have to buy this pan just for the color. Also, Caraway’s Non-Stick Square Pan is a multitasking marvel. From fudgy brownies to savory lasagnas, this pan is up for any baking adventure. The non-stick coating lives up to its promise, and the sleek design adds a touch of modern elegance to your kitchen. Don't forget that the non-stick coating will last longer when using soap and a sponge to wash it.

Why I Love It:

  • Versatile square shape for various dishes.
  • Non-stick coating for easy cleaning.
  • Resistant to scratching

Round and Proud - Perfect Cakes Every Time: Circulon Bakeware non-stick Round Cake Pan

This one comes with a lifetime guarantee - you can’t beat that. The Circulon non-stick Round Cake Pan is a classic choice for all your cake-baking adventures. The heavy-gauge steel construction makes for even heating, while the non-stick coating makes for effortless cake release. The wide rims provide a sturdy grip for easy handling, and the pan is oven-safe up to 450°F, giving you the flexibility to bake a wide range of treats.

Why I Love It:

  • Classic round shape for cakes.
  • Heavy-gauge steel for even heating.
  • non-stick coating for easy release.

Spring into Action - Perfect for Cheesecakes and More: Anolon Advanced Bakeware non-stick Springform Pan, 9-Inch

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This $20 pan is used by some of the best bakers I know, so you can count on it too. The Anolon Advanced Springform Pan is a must-have for any cheesecake enthusiast. The innovative springform design allows for easy removal of delicate desserts without the risk of damage. The non-stick coating ensures that your creations come out intact, while the durable construction withstands the rigors of frequent baking.

Why I Love It:

  • Springform design for easy removal.
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Durable construction for long-lasting use.

Rectangle Royalty - From Casseroles to Sheet Cakes: Caraway Non-Stick Rectangle Pan

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Again, Caraway’s color choices come home with the win. Caraway’s Non-Stick Rectangle Pan is a workhorse in the kitchen. From perfect casserole layers to sheet cakes, this pan is designed for versatility. The non-stick coating makes for easy cleanup, and the aluminized steel construction ensures durability. With its sleek and modern design, it's not just a baking essential—it's a statement piece.

Why I Love It:

  • PTFE and PFOA-free
  • Non-stick coating and stain resistant
  • Aluminized steel construction for durability.

Old-World Charm - Baking with Cast Iron Magic: Lodge 8.5 Inch x 4.5 Inch Cast Iron Loaf Pan

When you think of cast iron, you think of Lodge because they’ve been in the game since 1896. For those who appreciate the old-world charm of cast iron, the Lodge Loaf Pan is a timeless choice. This pan offers excellent heat retention and even heating, producing golden-brown loaves every time. The pre-seasoned finish means you can start baking delicious bread right out of the box, and the durable cast iron construction ensures a lifetime of baking adventures.

Why I Love It:

  • Cast iron for excellent heat retention.
  • Pre-seasoned finish for immediate use.
  • Durable construction for a lifetime of baking.

The Baking Workhorse - Perfect for Brownies and Casseroles: Anolon Advanced Bakeware non-stick Rectangular Cake Pan, 9-Inch x 13-Inch

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Anolon has been one of my favorite brands for years. I don’t know if I’m just a great baker or if it’s impossible to burn a dish when using their pans. Anolon’s non-stick Rectangular Cake Pan is a staple in any kitchen. Whether you're baking a batch of gooey brownies or a savory casserole, this pan delivers consistent results. The non-stick coating ensures easy food release, and the silicone grips provide a comfortable and secure hold. It's a reliable companion for both sweet and savory creations.

Why I Love It:

  • Rectangle shape for versatile baking.
  • non-stick coating for easy release.
  • Silicone grips for a comfortable hold.

Muffin Masterpiece - Perfectly Portioned Delights: Caraway Non-Stick Muffin Pan

Photo by Caraway

The Caraway Non-Stick Muffin Pan is your ticket to creating perfectly puffed muffins and cupcakes. The non-stick coating guarantees easy release, and the aluminized steel construction ensures even baking. With 12 cups, it's ideal for baking large batches, making it a favorite among home bakers and brunch enthusiasts alike.

Why I Love It:

  • 12 cups for baking large batches.
  • Non-stick coating for easy cleaning.
  • Aluminized steel construction for even baking.

Recipes: Unleashing the Best Baking Pans

Baking is not just a science; it's an art. And every artist needs the right canvas—or, in this case, the perfect baking pan. So, let's not just talk bakeware; let's dive into three of my favorite recipes that will make you the star baker of your kitchen.

Decadent Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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This recipe has gone through many trials. Now you get to reap the benefits of my perfectly fudgy brownies! Break out your Caraway Non-Stick Square Pan — it will give your brownies a gooey center and a perfectly crinkled top. And with the non-stick magic of Caraway, you can say goodbye to stuck-on brownie bits and hello to easy cleanup. So, preheat that oven, gather your ingredients, and let's dive into brownie bliss!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease the Caraway Non-Stick Square Pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter).
  • Allow the brownies to cool in the pan before cutting them into squares. Enjoy the fudgy goodness!

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

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There's nothing like the comforting aroma of a Classic Chicken Pot Pie baking in the oven. This one comes straight from my grandmother’s handwritten recipe book. And with Anolon's non-stick Rectangular Cake Pan as your culinary sidekick, this recipe transforms simple ingredients into a savory masterpiece. The non-stick coating ensures that every bite is a perfect blend of flaky crust and creamy filling. So, channel your inner kitchen maestro, and let's whip up a pot pie that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C), and grease the Anolon Non-stick Rectangular Cake Pan.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until vegetables are softened.
  • Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and thyme until well combined.
  • Gradually add chicken broth and milk, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
  • Add the shredded chicken and frozen peas, mixing until everything is evenly coated in the creamy sauce.
  • Roll out one pie crust and place it in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Pour the chicken mixture over the crust.
  • Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top, sealing the edges. Cut a few slits in the crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy the classic comfort of chicken pot pie!

Zesty Lemon Blueberry Muffins

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This one is my husband’s favorite. I mean is anyone else obsessed with the combo of lemon and blueberry? These Zesty Lemon Blueberry Muffins are baked to golden perfection in the Caraway Non-Stick Muffin Pan. And again, the non-stick magic of Caraway ensures that each muffin releases effortlessly. So, let's start baking my fav dish that works for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), and grease the Caraway Non-Stick Muffin Pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gently fold in the blueberries until evenly distributed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy these zesty delights!

Elevate Your Baking Game!

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