From Dutch ovens to souffle dishes, here's how to spring for the right pan.
A springform pan is a round, deep pan with tall, removable sides; it's most often used for baking cheesecakes. Springform pans with glass bottoms conduct heat better and decrease baking time, and those with extended edges around the base keep the batter from leaking. Nine-inch pans are most popular―if your springform pan isn't the size called for in the recipe, substitute a smaller one; your cake will be thicker and will need to bake longer. Conversely, if you substitute a larger pan, your product will be thinner and may require less baking time.