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A baking pan commonly found in every kitchen. Cake pans can be round, square, or rectangular and are available in several sizes. Probably the most popular is the 9 x 13 x 2 inch rectangular cake pan that is used to bake cakes, bars, and savory dishes, such as lasagna. Round cake pans are used to make layer cakes and are generally found in 8 or 9-inch diameters and are 1 ½ inches in depth. Standard square cake pans are also 8 or 9 inches wide and 1 ½ inches in depth.
For good quality cake pans, purchase pans that are made of heavy-gauge aluminum. Other materials that are used consist of tinned steel, stainless steel, glass, silicone and stone. Also available is anodized bakeware, which is aluminum bakeware that has gone through a process that hardens the outer surface and makes it scratch resistant and stick resistant. Some steel and aluminum bakeware has had a non-stick coating applied to it, which allows food to release easily from it and makes it easy to clean up.
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