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Best cake tins for perfect bakes every time

Essential for simple bakes as well as special occasion cakes, having a collection of dependable baking tins is always a good idea. We round up the best cake tins to add to your kitchen arsenal.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Feb 15, 2024

Selection of the best cake tins

Whether you’re a birthdays-only baker or someone who whips up a batch of breakfast muffins every Sunday without fail, having the right tools like a decent cake tin and set of kitchen scales to hand makes all the difference. There’s nothing worse than a perfect sponge that’s welded to the base of a rubbish cake tin, or a baked cheesecake that’s leaked out of the sides of your springform.

There’s an array of materials, designs and brands to choose from, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The proof of each cake tin is quite literally in the pudding, so doing your research is a wise choice. Different cake styles call for different cake tins, so there’s a lot to consider, and you’re likely to want more than one in your cupboard.

To help you make your selection, we’ve done the hard work for you, harnessing the collective wisdom of Mumsnet to put together the crème de la crème of bakeware to suit everything from muffins to traybakes.

Every kitchen guide we produce – covering everything from the best saucepans to the most robust chopping boards – starts with products that have been tried, tested and loved by Mumsnetters, because we know just how valuable a real, independent recommendation can be. We then also analysed the opinions of food industry experts and combed through verified customer reviews to ensure our round-up only features the very best.

For showstoppers or family recipes, you’re bound to find the right cake tin in our run-down.

Best cake tin 2024: at a glance

  • Best overall: Anolon Advanced Baking Non-Stick Cake Pan, £20

  • Best budget: Samuel Groves Springform Cake Tin, £8

  • Best silicone: Super Kitchen Large Muffin Tray, £8

  • Best springform: KitchenAid Non-Stick Springform Cake Tin, £23

  • Best loaf tin: Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Bakeware 2lb Loaf Tin, £29

  • Best set: MasterClass Smart Space Non-Stick 7 Piece Set, £42

  • Best square: ProCook Non-Stick Loose Bottom Square Tin, £11

  • Best round: Pyrex Magic Cake Tin, £10

  • Best bundt: Nordic Ware Bundt Tin, £44

  • Best dishwasher safe: Circulon Momentum Loaf Tin, £11

1. Best overall cake tin: Anolon Advanced Baking Non-Stick Cake Pan

Price on writing: £19 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 40 x 27 x 5cm | Material: Carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 260°C | Weight: 703g | Dishwasher safe: Yes, but hand wash recommended 

What we like

  • Excellent non-stick coating

  • Silicone coating handles

  • Durable and long-lasting 

What we don’t like 

  • Heavy

  • Costly 

What Mumsnet users say

“I like Anolon tins.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Habbibu)

Our verdict 

Anolon’s deep stainless steel colour isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it’s actually been developed to provide a more even bake, so even amateur bakers can impress with their creations in the kitchen. The silicone-coated handles make it easy to grip, though you’ll still need your oven gloves whilst it’s hot. Thanks to the durable non-stick coating, releasing your bakes is an absolute breeze, with no soggy bottoms in sight.

Although Anolon tins are dishwasher safe, the brand and Mumsnet users recommend washing your cake tins by hand using a non-abrasive sponge to prolong their life. The pan is a solid weight, which is a good indicator of quality, and this rectangular shape is especially good for squidgy brownies and traybakes.

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2. Best budget springform cake tin: Samuel Groves Springform Cake Tin

Price on writing: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs 

Size: 19cm circumference | Material: Alloy steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe to 220°C | Weight: 270g | Dishwasher safe: Yes

What we like

  • Budget-friendly price

  • A simple design ideal for Victoria sponges and birthday cakes 

  • Easy-release loose base

  • Non-stick coating  

What we don’t like

  • Small tin 

Our verdict 

If you’re an occasional baker and don’t want to spend a fortune on bakeware that’ll spend most of the year sitting in your kitchen cupboard, this Samuel Groves cake tin is a simple and effective option with a budget-friendly price tag. 

Producing a shallow sponge cake, it’s great for creating tiered birthday cakes at home. It is on the small side however, so you may want something larger if you're creating a treat for several people.

With an easy-release base and non-stick coating, this tin can have cakes coming out cleanly every time, even if you’re a beginner, and it has the added bonus of being dishwasher safe.

3. Best silicone cake tin: Super Kitchen Large Muffin Tray

Price on writing: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 33 x 25 x 3cm | Material: Silicone | Maximum temperature: Oven safe to 230°C | Weight: 290g | Dishwasher safe: Yes (top rack recommended)

What we like

  • BPA-free food grade silicone

  • It can be used for freezing and baking

  • The non-stick surface doesn’t deteriorate over time 

  • Easy to clean

What we don’t like

  • Due to its soft nature, it's recommended for use on a baking tray to avoid spills 

What Mumsnet users say

“I use a silicone muffin tray for making savoury egg muffins/quiche things for lunchboxes. I put it on a baking sheet first, otherwise it's too floppy. I don't bother with cases, they just pop out. Also, I use it for Yorkshire puddings.” (Type of tin rated by Mumsnet user Tidypidy)

Our verdict 

When it comes to silicone bakeware, it certainly divides opinion on Mumsnet, as a lot can go wrong with a low-quality silicone cake tin. Larger moulds like loaf tins can easily warp in the oven without reinforcement, but silicone really comes into its own when you’re baking in miniature form.  

This Super Kitchen Muffin Tray will help you bake perfect muffins without needing cases or greasing. It’s got extra support on each cup to make it pretty sturdy, but you do need to put a baking tray underneath to stop a slight droop between the bars of your oven shelf.

The best part about silicone trays is that they can even go in the microwave if you fancy gooey cupcakes in a hurry, and they’re great for freezing kid-sized portions of soups or chillis too.

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4. Best springform cake tin: KitchenAid Non-Stick Springform Cake Tin

Price on writing: £23 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Size: 22 x 8.8 x 22.2cm | Material: Stainless steel |  Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 230°C | Weight: 390g | Dishwasher safe: Yes

What we like

  • Strong and sturdy sides ideal for cheesecakes

  • High-quality anodised steel

  • Non-stick coating for easy food release 

What we don’t like

  • Costly

Our verdict

KitchenAid is best known for its insta-worthy statement food mixers, an item high on any amateur baker's wishlist. However, they also do an impressive range of bakeware, made from scratch and corrosion-resistant aluminised steel which won’t bend or warp in the oven. 

Ideal for baking cheesecakes or deeper cakes, this easy-release springform cake tin heats up consistently and evenly, so it bakes a super-soft sponge. Despite its high-quality non-stick coating, it's safe to put in the dishwasher, but we would err on the side of caution and wash by hand to protect the springform clasp.

5. Best loaf tin: Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Bakeware 2lb Loaf Tin

Price on writing: £29 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 29 x 17.5 x 7.5cm | Material: Carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 240°C | Weight: 580g | Dishwasher safe: No

What we like

  • Compact loaf tin ideal for loaf bread, cakes and meatloaf

  • Easy-grip silicone handles

  • Long-lasting and durable carbon steel 

  • Easy to hand wash

What we don’t like

  • Not dishwasher safe

  • Costly  

What Mumsnet users say

“I was coming on to say Le Creuset as we have recently got some of the non-stick tins and so far they are fab.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Oldraver)

Our verdict 

Le Creuset is fairly iconic amongst bakers and despite its premium price tag, the brand proves to be a big hit with Mumsnet users, featuring on both our best frying pan and cast iron skillet round-ups thanks to its high-quality, long-lasting cookware. 

Best known for its colourful ceramics, Le Creuset also does an equally good line in baking trays and tins. This loaf tin is PFOA-free and made from anti-warp metal, so it's ideal for creating lemon drizzle cake, malt loaf and bread from scratch.

With a roll top all the way around and silicone grips at both ends, it’s really easy to hold onto through an oven glove when it’s hot. The carbon steel provides excellent heat distribution for an even bake, and it has a high-quality non-stick coating, too.

6. Best set of cake tins: MasterClass Smart Space Non-Stick Stacking 7 Piece Bakeware Set

Price on writing: £42 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: Various | Material: Carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 220°C | Weight: Various | Dishwasher safe: Yes

What we like

  • A variety of tin sizes included

  • The nesting design allows individual tins to stack for simple storage 

  • Made from strong and durable heavy gauge carbon steel

  • Non-stick coating 

What we don’t like

  • No loose bottoms, so leaving them to cool for longer makes them easier to remove

  • Some reviews claim that the non-stick coating wears off over time 

Our verdict 

If you’re starting from scratch, or buying for a child who’s off to university or flying the nest, this set of cake tins is a great option. Including seven types of tin, from a shallow tray bake roaster to a dinky flan tin, there’s plenty to get them started in the kitchen. The best part is that they all stack together for simple storage, so it’s a good choice if you’re a little limited on space. 

With rolled tops and a non-stick coating with excellent heat distribution, the tins are easy to grip and have a good weight for the price.

It’s worth noting that the set doesn’t include a loaf tin or a springform/loose-bottomed tin, but as a starter set, it still offers excellent value for money. 

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7. Best square cake tin: ProCook Non-Stick Loose Bottom Square Tin

Price on writing: £11 | Buy now from ProCook

Key specs

Size: 22 x 22 x 7.5cm | Material: Heavy gauge carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 260°C | Weight: Unspecified | Dishwasher safe: Yes 

What we like

  • 10-year guarantee

  • Double-layer non-stick coating

  • Loose bottom for easy release 

What we don’t like

  • Relatively large tin less suited to smaller bakes 

What Mumsnet users say

“I have a seven-inch round loose bottom cake tin... I can't remember where I bought it, probably ProCook or a supermarket.”  (Brand tried and tested by Mumsnet user BarbaraofSeville)

Our verdict 

If you’re attempting to create a larger birthday cake or Christmas cake at home, this 22cm square loose bottomed-tin from ProCook is ideal.

Made from robust heavy gauge carbon steel with a double-layer non-stick coating, this high-quality tin ensures your bakes cook evenly throughout. It’s oven safe up to 260°C and comes with a generous ten-year guarantee, so you can purchase with peace of mind.

The loose bottom helps your cake come out in one perfect piece, and whilst the cake is cooling, this tin is easy to clean by hand or can be popped in the top rack of your dishwasher. 

It’s worth noting that this is a pretty large tin, so you’ll need a fair amount of mix to fill it. Or alternatively, opt for a smaller pan for more simple cakes and sponges.  

8. Best round cake tin: Pyrex Magic Cake Tin

Price on writing: £10 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Size: 25cm x 7cm depth | Material: Carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 250°C | Weight: Unspecified | Dishwasher safe: Yes

What we like

  • Reliable non-stick coating 

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Budget-friendly price tag 

  • Quick-release clasp and loose bottom for easy removal 

What we don’t like

  • Some reviewers noticed some bending/warping after extended use

Our verdict 

Pyrex is another trusted brand that also does a brilliant line of bakeware. This tin's simple design and bargain price makes it a brilliant choice for beginners or more occasional bakers.

The range earns its ‘Magic’ name thanks to its non-stick qualities, and this particular tin makes shallow cakes, so it’s useful for tiered birthday cakes or single-layered Victoria sponge. Thanks to the quick-release clasp and loose bottom, removing your bakes is simple and straightforward without leaving parts of your precious sponge behind. 

Like other non-stick cake tins, the coating will stand the test of time as long as you look after it, so whilst it is dishwasher safe, you may prefer to wash it by hand.

9. Best bundt cake tin: Nordic Ware Bundt Tin

Price on writing: £44 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs 

Size: 25.72 x 25.73 x 9.53 cm | Material: Heavyweight aluminium | Maximum temperature: Unspecified | Weight: 907g | Dishwasher safe: No

What we like

  • Creates impressive centrepiece cakes for special occasions and dinner parties  

  • Made from hard-wearing and durable aluminium 

  • Interior non-stick coating 

What we don’t like

  • The heavy and unique shape makes it harder to store 

  • Due to its complex design, it needs to be well-greased to come out clean

  • Hand wash only 

  • Expensive

What Mumsnet users say

“We have a Nordic Ware Bundt pan and love it. Thought it would be difficult to use/grease, but no more so than any other cake tin.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user ravenia)

“I’ve got stacks of Nordic Ware. Most of it over 10 years old. It really does last” (Recommended by Mumsnet user IpanemaPeaHen

Our verdict 

If you’re ready to put your baking skills to the test and are looking to make an impressive statement at your family party or gathering, this heavy-duty cake tin could be just the ticket - we recommend pairing with the best cutlery set for the ultimate dinner party table setting. 

From bundt cake experts Nordic Ware, this heavy gauge aluminium tin with a unique swirl design comes with a fluted centre to ensure an even bake throughout. Once turned out, it can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or glazed to create a really stunning showstopper cake for your table. 

Mumsnet users recommend that you grease this bundt tin well before use and tap the pan well before baking to avoid bubbles. Whilst it isn’t suitable for popping into your dishwasher, the high-quality non-stick coating means it’s very straightforward to wash by hand. 

10. Best dishwasher-safe cake tin: Circulon Momentum Loaf Tin

Price on writing: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 15 x 29 x 7.5 cm | Material: Carbon steel | Maximum temperature: Oven safe up to 230°C | Weight: 170g | Dishwasher safe: Yes

What we like

  • Secure grip handles 

  • Dishwasher safe for convenience 

  • Non-stick and robust carbon steel for even bakes 

What we don’t like

  • Deep tin only suitable for loaf cakes and deep bakes 

What Mumsnet users say

I love my Circulon baking tins and trays. [The] only truly non-stick ones I’ve used.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user VanillaSpiceCandle)

Our verdict 

Circulon is another brand trusted by Mumsnet users, with a great reputation for their high-quality pans, trays and roasting tins that are built to stand the test of time. Made from robust and long-lasting carbon steel, it’s a great choice of cake tin for creating a loaf cake or a delightful lemon drizzle.

With Circulon’s statement non-stick swirls on the base, this robust tin can create an even bake every single time. It also has a simple release and is easy to clean up once your baking is complete. 

Whilst the tin is only suitable for deep cakes and loaves, it will be brought out of the cupboard time and time again once you’ve seen the results. 

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How to buy the best cake tin

Good quality cake tins will last a lifetime and they’re certainly worth the investment if you’re a keen baker. Lower-quality tins might save you money in the short term, but non-stick coatings can degrade easily and you’ll end up having to replace them sooner rather than later. Using pre-cut liners, greaseproof paper or a baking spray will protect your tins and lengthen their lives.

There’s a lot that can go wrong with a cake tin – the sides can get warped, the corners can get rusty, and in the case of a springform tin, delicate parts can break. So, it’s one of those purchases you’ll be really thankful you did your research on before buying. Opting for the heaviest tin your budget can stretch to is a good rule of thumb; the weightier the cake tin, the higher the quality.

It’s also worth considering what kind of cakes you’re likely to bake, and buy accordingly. It’s not necessary to have every single style in your cupboard, so start off with a selection of basics and buy more specific models as needed.

The advice from Mumsnet users is to avoid putting your bakeware in the dishwasher, no matter what it says on the label, as this can lead to all manner of damage and disaster.

What kind of cake tins do professionals use?

Anodised aluminium is the material of choice for most professional-standard cake tins thanks to its hard wearing nature and durability.

What can a cake tin be used for?

We all know that cake tins make wonderful cakes, but that’s not all they can be used for. A high-quality cake tin can also be used for cheesecakes, tarts and even savoury bread and share loaves. The options are fairly limitless, just check the size and shape of your tin to make sure the size and depth are suited to the quantity of your ingredients.

What's the best cake tin size to buy?

This totally depends on the cakes you plan to bake. While it might seem like a larger tin is more versatile, baking is a pretty precise science and the size and shape of the tin can have a big effect on how well your cake turns out. The most common sizes you’ll find in cake recipes are around 18cm to 26cm so these sizes are a good place to start.

What shape is best for a baking tin?

Cake tins come in a variety of shapes and sizes and which is right for you will very much depend on the type of cake you’re planning to make.

  • Round: A round cake tin is the most traditional shape for a baking tin. The ideal choice for birthday cakes and Victoria sponge, it creates round flat bakes that can be stacked on top of each other to add some height to your showstoppers. 

  • Square: As well as creating uniform square-shaped cakes (which can be handy if you’re trying to cut and combine pieces to make a specific design), square cake tins are also ideal for creating sweet treats such as blondies and brownies – the crispy corners and edges are the best part!  

  • Loaf: These versatile cake tins are great for baking sweet breads such as banana bread, as well as lemon drizzle cakes, carrot cake, marble cake or any cake that you wish to serve in small, even slices. 

  • Bundt: Bundt tins are the best way to ensure an even bake of cakes with the wow factor for your dining table – a great option for special occasions such as Christmas and parties. Usually creating a deep sponge with a swirled design and a hole in the middle, they’ll need to be well greased to ensure an easy release. 

What’s the best cake tin to buy?

The best cake tin is the Anolon Advanced Baking Non-Stick Cake Pan. It’s a great weight and features a durable non-stick coating. We love that it's designed to ensure an even bake, too, making it ideal whether you're a seasoned baker or a total beginner.

How we chose our recommendations

We first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which cake tins discerning Mumsnetters recommended and had bought themselves, noting their feedback on these brands. We then drew up a shortlist of those that were repeatedly mentioned.

From there, we did some research across the wider web, consulting independent review sites and taking into account what customer reviews and experts had said about the products featured. Having collated all that information, we picked the cake tins we thought were worthy of taking the titles in an array of interest categories.

About the author 

Lucy Cotterill is a Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in lifestyle product roundups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products, scrutinising reviews and exploring consumer feedback to help parents make confident purchases that benefit their families.  

Lucy loves to bake with her kids, having created some impressive showstoppers (and a fair few baking disasters) in her time, so she was the perfect person to provide a balanced overview of the cake tins we think Mumsnetters will love. 

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