Why You Need a Springform Pan

We adore all of our offerings from Nordic Ware, from compact cookware for small batch baking to shaped cake pans for special occasions. But Nordic Ware also makes the basics, like cooling racks, baking sheets and springform pans.

If you don’t already own one, you might not know springform pans are good for more than cheesecake. We bet at least one of these recipes will convince you to get a springform pan and start baking right away.

What Is a Springform Pan?

Let’s back up for a moment and explain what a springform pan is. Unlike regular cake pans, the base and sides of springform pans are separate pieces.

Why You Need a Springform Pan: A springform pan has a separate ring and base. The ring expands when it is unlatched.

A springform pan is used for desserts that have high sides and are too delicate to remove from a regular cake pan. The metal ring unlatches, expands and lifts away from the base, leaving the dessert intact on the base.

What to Make With a Springform Pan

While springform pans are most often used to make cheesecake, there are plenty of other ways to use them. We searched for a variety of delicious recipes to share so you’ll get lots of use out of your springform pan.

Purple Plum Torte

This recipe was originally published in the New York Times nearly 35 years ago. We found it on Smitten Kitchen, and now we’re smitten with this recipe. Our only problem with this recipe? Deb recommends letting it sit overnight before slicing into it. We’re not sure we have that much willpower.

Cashew Cream Dreamcake

Yes, we know this cake is practically a cheesecake, but it’s made with cashew cream instead of cream cheese. Recipe creator Sarah acknowledges you can substitute a pie plate for a springform pan. But we think a springform pan is necessary, to achieve that dramatic look of the layers of crust and filling

Mille-Crepe Tiramisu

This recipe, created by CIA chef Francisco Migoya, comes from Tasting Table. It definitely takes some time and expertise to make the crepes, though fortunately the recipe doesn’t call for literally one thousand of them. It’s another opportunity to use coffee liqueur, and a delicious change of pace for tiramisu fans.

Cookie Cake

Remember the cookie cakes you could buy at the mall? (Remember malls?) This cookie cake recipe from Peas and Crayons is better. A springform pan makes a thicker cookie cake; those mall cakes were only as thick as a single cookie. We especially love Jenn’s suggestion to turn on the broiler for a minute or two. The top of the cake will brown, while the center of the cake will stay soft.

Ice Cream Cake

Even if none of the other recipes tempted you, we don’t know anyone who doesn’t like ice cream cake. A springform pan is essential for making ice cream cake. That alone is a wonderful reason to add one to your bakeware collection.

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