What To Look For In Bakeware

December 16th, 2009 by Nancy Siler

Recently, I blogged about the bakeware pans you should have in your kitchen. Now I’d like to offer some advice about what to look for when purchasing bakeware.

BakewareAluminum is a great heat conductor and provides even heat distribution for a good bake-out and a light, golden brown cake surface. A cake baked in an aluminum pan bakes uniformly and the crumbs are kept to a minimum. You’ll have fewer crumbs to deal with when you’re icing a cake.

Look for a pan that is sturdy enough so you don’t get warping. Try twisting a cookie sheet prior to purchasing it to make sure it’s a strong enough thickness and constructed well so it won’t bend.

I prefer bakeware that has handles so you don’t have to worry about your pot holder pushing down the cake or smashing a cookie when you’re taking the pan out of the oven. Handles also make it easier to adjust the pan once it is in the oven.

For those who don’t bake as often as I do, it’s nice to have the pan size stamped into the handle so you know if you’re grabbing an 8″ or a 9″ size pan. Even I sometimes get confused.

For a cast aluminum or tube pan, make sure the detail is at the portion where the batter will bake into it. If the detail of the pan is at the open end, your cake may not raise enough to catch the detail.

There is always the debate of aluminum or non-stick coated pans. I actually use both. I don’t use my basic aluminum pans for anything savory, especially any dish that is acidic. Acidic food may discolor aluminum pans.

If you’re not much of a baker yet, it’s a nice extra to have a kitchen tested recipe. Photos on the front of a pan show you what the recipe looks like and that could become your “signature” dish if you’re just starting out.

If a company is willing to provide a warranty then you know they stand behind their pans and you can trust the quality.

Bakeware should be considered a long term investment. Good, quality bakeware pays dividends in happy faces and satisfied stomachs.

Nancy Siler Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs, is a registered and licensed dietitian plus a certified home economist. She has been baking and decorating desserts longer than she wants to admit…..much before she started working at Wilton 11 years ago. Nancy also shares her expertise in the Wilton sponsored Public Television Show Bake Decorate Celebrate!

11 Replies

  1. Peruvian Alicia says:

    Dear Nancy,

    I don’t know if you know anything about the cakes (tortas) from my beloved country the land of the Incas but I can assure you that I am learning a lot about your cakes here in New Jersey. I had taken all the Wilton classes initially for fun and developed a serious interest. Even after graduating I still want more. I can go in and out of Michael’s and A.C. Moore stores blindfolded now. I am now baking cakes for all of the family that have come to live here. I watch all the cake shows and have love for the Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, Amazing Wedding Cakes, and the Cake Challenge and perhaps the most important for I and the millions of other Spanish speakers in this and other countries your show, Bake, Decorate and Celebrate, o Inspiracion Dulce on channel Casa Club TV.

    I love it and I love your special nurturing style. It is clear you care and have passion for this wonderful hobby that many get paid to do.

    How cool is that? Do something you love, baking, decorating, bringing smiles and oohs and ahs to everyone who sees it and better eats it and ultimately get paid for it. Now this is a hobby for me which will last my lifetime. please excuse my English if not perfect.

    Your tips are especially helpful.

    Keep up the good work girlfriend. You have an audience out here!!!!!

    Alicia Maria Quaranta Estabridis

  2. hakim emad says:

    no encontre el morde de petite loaf pan. quisiera unos pedidos del mismo y tengo informacion. tales como costos por cantidades, ect. gracias anticipadas. P.D. POR FAVOR INFORMACION DE COSTOS EN DOLARES AMERICANOS.

    • Nancy Siler says:

      English translation: I did not find the petite loaf bread mold. I would like to order some and have information such as cost on quantities, etc. Thank you in advance. PS Please send the cost information in Dollars.

      English answer: Thank you for your inquiry. I will have someone contact you who can speak to your needs. To make sure I get you the correct department, can you tell me where you reside? US or outside of the US?

      Spanish answer: Gracias por su pregunta. Tendré alguien en contacto con usted que puede hablar a sus necesidades. ¿Para asegurarme de que obtenga el departamento correcto, me puede decir dónde vives? ¿En los Estados Unidos o fuera de los Estados Unidos?

  3. no hablo ingles pero veo siempre tu programa me gustaria hicieras una coleccion de libros de toda tus rec y de paso los materiales donde y como los puedo optener estoy muy ansiosa de poder comunicarme contigo o poder chatear contigo no me olvides que me costo conseguiete. quiero que tus manos sea las mias aca en venezuela , vivo en maracaibo estado zulia

  4. COMO HAGO PARA CONSEGUIR LAS DULLAS GRANDE O EL JUEGO COMPLETO MEJOR Y LAS MANGAS UNA BLANCA Y ROSADA Y UN MANUAL DE COMO HACER VARIAS FIGURAS NO QUIERO PASA DE NECIA PERO YA TE ENCONTRE Y NO TE ME ESCAPAS ME SIMPATISAS Y ME GUSTA COMO DIRIGES TU PROGRAMA HAY COSA QUE NO SE CONSIGEN ACA PERO PODRIA PEDIRTELAS COMO LAS MASAS COSTOS TENDRIAS QUE DECIRME COMO PAGARLO

    • Nancy Siler says:

      Gracias por sus amables palabras. Puede comunicarse con nuestro distribuidor en Barquisimento, Venezuela que ofrece nuestros productos:

      DECOPAN C.A.
      P.O. BOX 860
      BARQUISIMETO, VENEZUELA 3001A
      CONTACT: Sr. LUIS SANCHEZ
      TEL: 58-0251-252-8840
      FAX: 58-0251-252-2176
      MOBILE: 041-4350-3766
      MOBILE (2): 041-6851-0664
      E-MAIL: decopan58@hotmail.com

  5. randy rangel orega says:

    megusta tu porgama nuca me lo pierdo me canto la receta hojala repitan

  6. randy rangel oretga says:

    como hago para entra inspracion dulce

  7. Maxine Garner says:

    I recently purchased a cup cake pan. It is constructed out of that red, soft, floppy material. It holds 12 cupcakes. It has no directions for baking with or washing it. Will you please send this information to me at the above email address?

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,
    Maxine Garner

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