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My favourite… cake tins!
So one of the things that has been SO highly requested on my blog for years now was blog posts on ‘My favourite…’ and I have just sort of neglected writing them. I had planned on writing them last year, but where everyone got into baking all of my usual essentials sold out so I thought it was best to wait slightly until things were back in stock!
This first blog post in my favourites series is cake tins! I wanted to write a blog post basically explaining all of the cake tins I use and recommend on my blog, so you can all find the information in one place as I get questions all of the time about them!
I have over 550 recipes on my blog at the time of writing this blog post, so there is a few recipes that I have used baking tins or trays in. More so, there is probably very few in which I haven’t as baking trays will be included in this post!
I write and post recipes for cheesecakes, desserts, cupcakes, cakes, cookies etc… and they all vary in how you bake them. I will list below my favourites and most popular – obviously this is just a guide. If you have a brand or anything that you prefer then that is fine, the size of the tin is what matters!
This list may change here and there in the future as I will link what I use at the time, and if I find something new that I prefer I will update it!
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Round Cake Tins
The most popular cake tin I use on my blog at the moment would be the 8″/20cm round springform cake tin that I use for my cheesecakes. I have purchased about 10 of these tins in my blogging career now because I love them. They are about 2.75″/7cm deep which is perfect for my cheesecake mixes.
Another alternative for the version above is this version – I find myself using more and more Tala products and I love their 8″/20cm springform tin just as much as the masterclass one and it works brilliantly – it is ever so slightly shallower, but it’s barely noticeable.
When I look at baking regular cake sponges that don’t require anything fancy, I tend to use loose bottomed 8″/20cm cake tins because they are easy to get out, and then you don’t have the worry of the lip on a springform cake tin. They are basic, but so good at the job.
If you prefer tins without a loose base, my favourite tins are these 4″ deep PME tins. I LOVE THEM. I use them when I bake any deep cakes that take a bit longer!
If you are looking for other sizes round cakes, I don’t use many but I tend to stick to the same PME 4″ deep cakes. This is the 6″ tin I use, this is the 10″ tin I use, and this is the 12″ tin I use! I tend to have two of each as well.
Square/Rectangle Cake Tins
The most used square cake in on my blog is by far the 9″ square tins that I basically use in ALL of my traybake related recipes, a lot of my sweets… and so much more. I find they are the perfect depth for all of my traybake whether that is millionaires shortbread, brownies, or cookie bars!
I do also often use a 7×11″ brownie tin for some of my recipes and they work just as well for my 9″ square recipes. The tin is slightly shallower, but I love using it for fudge recipes, or cookie bars sometimes too!
I realise that some people reading my blog will go ‘what is a traybake’ but it’s just a term for a bake that is one layer usually, and can be a number of different types of bake. I do also use the term for traybake cakes, and this is my favourite tin at the moment for those. It’s 9×13″ and it works wonders!
If you wanted to go for a really good quality tin I would highly recommend the nordic ware traybake tin because it is stunning! They sold so so well last year and were so hard to get hold of, but they are worth it!
Also under the ‘rectangle’ umbrella for me is this Swiss roll tin – it’s shallow, it’s basically a tray but it works PERFECTLY for all things Swiss roll and Yule log.
Loaf/Bundt Cake Tins
2020 definitely saw a rise in baking loaf cakes for me my blog and I am definitely okay with that – it got a bit ridiculous at some points, especially during lockdown, because of HOW MANY of you wanted a 2lb loaf tin! I love baking loaf cakes, and I always use this 2lb loaf tin for my loaf cakes.
As mentioned on many of my loaf cake posts though is how 2lb loaf tins can really vary in size and I have never really understood why! I also use this 2lb loaf tin every now and again and I do love it just as much.
When it comes to bundt tins there are definitely too many nice ones to mention. Without a doubt though, I do only ever use Nordic Ware bundt tins… they are beautiful, and they cannot be beaten. My favourites are the Heritage, Rose, Fleur de Lis, Stained Glass or Blossom ones!
Other Baking Tins/Trays
One of the other most popular desserts I like to bake on here at the moment is tarts! Whether they are baked or not, I find it much easier to use a loose bottomed tart tin so that it is easier to get out. It’s 23cm, as I find that the best size too.
If you want to make mini cheesecakes or mini cakes – I always use this 12 hole loose bottomed mini cake tin. They’re so mini, but they are so perfectly sized!!
Whenever I tend to bake cupcakes I use Iced Jems Baking Cups so only use flat trays, but if I did want to use muffin cases or cupcake cases, I tend to bake them into this muffin tray. I find it works well for tulip cases, muffin cases, or cupcake cases!
When I use baking trays there are a varied few sizes… I tend to use larger trays because it means you can fit more cookies on for example, but smaller ones can also be useful if you only want to bake a couple of biscuits.
I use quite a few of these large kitchen craft trays as they are quite cheap, and perfect for baking cookies – I also have a few of these even larger trays which are better for more cookies on one tray, baking pavlovas or anything like that.
I do also use Eaziglide Neverstick2 trays which I have bought from John Lewis in the past (there are many other versions, but I do not use them, only the neverstick 2 by eaziglide) and they are amazing but quite a bit pricier!
Round Cake Tins
- 8″/20cm masterclass springform tin
- 8″/20cm tala springform tin
- 8″/20cm loose bottomed deep cake tin
- 8″/20cm PME 4″ deep cake tin
- 6″ round cake tin
- 10″ round cake tin
- 12″ round cake tin
Square/Rectangle Cake Tins
- 9″ square masterclass tin
- 7×11″ brownie tin
- Traybake cake tin
- Nordic Ware traybake tin
- Swiss roll tin
- Tala 2lb loaf tin
- Masterclass 2lb loaf tin
- Heritage bundt tin
- Rose bundt tin
- Fleur de List bundt tin
- Stained Glass bundt tin
- Blossom bundt tin
Other tins/Baking Trays
I hope this blog post about all of the cake tins that I use has helped – I will update the post as and when I change what tins I use or if there are any others that I recommend! If you have any questions about the cake tins then let me know in the comments below!
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