Wilton Performance Aluminum Round Cake Pans, 8-Inch, 2-Set

Last updated date: May 21, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7


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Overall Take

The premium aluminum construction of these pans allows them to heat evenly throughout the cooking process. If you're making tall cakes, the high sides can accommodate plenty of rising dough. Apply your coating of choice before baking: The material is nontoxic but not non-stick. In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the Wilton Wilton Performance 8-Inch Round Cake Pan Set placed 1st when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cake Pan for a detailed review of all the top cake pans.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
3,307 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The reviewer found that heat distributes evenly within the pans, which prevents doming or otherwise misshapen cake layers. The Kitchn is also on board with this model. The tester actually appreciates that the pans are not nonstick.
- Business Insider
Set is made with premium aluminum for even heating, the sides are deeper so you get a higher cake that’s perfect for layering and decorating. The durable aluminum construction of this Wilton cake pan ensures even heating and long wear; generous 2-inch depth for higher cakes.
- My Classy Kitchen
What experts didn't like
Sides flare out slightly at the top, no nonstick finish
- Business Insider

From The Manufacturer

Our pans are made to last, with a solid aluminum construction to make sure cakes bake evenly, with a smooth surface that's easy to decorate. Our round cake pans have high sturdy sides and rolled lips to produce beautifully straight edges. Simple grease the pan before baking or line with parchment for an easy, clean release. Our professional pans are a no-brainer for great results for pastry chefs or home bakers. Aluminum's uniform heat conduction makes for an even, light-golden finish while being warp and rust resistant for commercial-level performance. In the summertime months, you can also use the pans to mold outstanding ice cream cakes.

An Overview On Cake Pans

You wouldn’t know it from the drama and flair that surrounds shows like “Cupcake Wars” and “The Great British Bake-Off,” but baking is a lot more science than art. You can measure your ingredients and set your timers perfectly every time, but there’s still one variable many bakers forget to factor in: The bakeware.

A good cake pan isn’t just a handy receptacle for holding that yummy batter. It’s an element that can radically change the taste and look of your dish if the material, size, and even the color aren’t just right. So what’s the best one to buy?

As with most kitchenware, it depends on what you’re baking. Let’s start with the material. Most cake pans are made of metal and there’s a reason for that. Overall, they heat up as quickly as they cool down.

Mind you, not just any metal will do. Stainless steel’s durability and resistance to rust makes it a great material for skillets and sheet pans. But it conducts heat slowly relative to other metals, making it a cheaper choice for cake pans.

Aluminum, on the hand, heats up perfectly — which may balance out the fact that it’s not as durable as a pure metal. It may also impart a funny taste to acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus. To mitigate that, look for higher-gauge aluminum pans or those made with anodized aluminum. This is aluminum that’s been subjected to an electrolytic process that hardens the outer layer. Without getting into the science, it also makes it non-stick and non-reactive with acidic foods.

Less common but definitely findable are glass bake pans and newer ones made with heat-resistant silicone. These pans get points for storage versatility and presentation, but you’ll definitely need to adjust your cooking times since they won’t heat as evenly.

Speaking of cooking times, consider the size and depth of your cake pan. Nice, tall cakes are visually impressive but there’s a reason people make them in layers. Fill up a deep pan with too much batter and the top will toast up before the middle gets done. Eight-inch deep pans are the standard but you can get away with nine inches or more depending on the material of the pan and the dish you’re baking.

Here’s one more, often overlooked selling point for a good cake pan: The color. Assuming it’s aluminum or some other kind of steel, any non-stick coating might darken the hue. Just keep in mind that darker pans conduct heat a little faster, and that can lead to a crustier bottom layer than you might like. Account for the difference or go for a lighter shaded pan if you want to stick to the recipe.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before you bring your perfectly baked German chocolate cake to that Oktoberfest party, double-check your baking history. Strange as it may seem, the dessert didn’t actually originate in Germany. The name comes from Samuel German, a confectioner working for the very American Baker’s Chocolate Company. He developed a brand of dark baking chocolate that was later used in a cake that was named in his honor.

The Cake Pan Buying Guide

  • If you’re baking traditional cakes, you want a pan with a little edge. And we’re not talking edge as in “attitude.” Flared or tapered tops might be fine if you’re baking bread or muffin-type dishes that meant to rise and puff out, but it’s not much good for cakes or anything you need to decorate around the sides. Most bakers prefer straight sides that come up at a right angle.
  • Most kitchens will have more than one cake pan.  If storage is tight, look for sets of pans that can “nest” one inside the other, making it easier to save space.