Pies may seem simple when compared to their taller, sweeter, and more colorful cousin—cake—but anyone who’s perfected one knows it’s all about the details. And that includes finding the right pie pan. While pies may be relatively straightforward to make, there’s a notable variety of pie plates available to choose from. Whether you’re baking your very first pie, or it’s your go-to weekly baking project, having a reliable pie pan will make the process more enjoyable and yield better results.
Each pan on this list was purchased and sent to our experienced food writer and baking expert to test in her home oven, for the most authentic pie baking results in a real-world setting. They were tested side by side to see how well each pan performed individually and in comparison to each other. Pie pans in every material were tested, including ceramic and porcelain, stainless steel, aluminum, and glass. Each was rated on design, quality, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
The pans run the gamut of price ranges and popularity, from low-cost disposable pans to higher-priced designer and brand name pans. We looked at how long it took to blind bake a standard pie crust, as well as how evenly the shell and pie baked in the pan. Both custard pies and fruit pies were tested to see how versatile the pans are, as well as how the size and shape of each pan contribute to the overall results.
For all of your pie baking needs, here are the best pie pans according to the results from our extensive at-home tests.
Emile Henry French Ceramic Ruffled Pie Dish
Incredibly attractive shape
Bold color options
There’s no doubt about it: the ruffle makes a statement. It also makes decoration a little easier for you since your pie crust can be formed right on the ruffles. That's not what makes this pick the best pie pan, though. It’s also designed to do hard work. The ceramic provides great heat retention for a perfectly browned pie crust that’s evenly baked from center to edge. It’s also resistant to temperature changes and can be used in the oven up to 520 degrees and under the broiler if your crumb topping didn’t brown as much as you like. It can even go directly from your refrigerator to the oven and is dishwasher and microwave safe. And, of course, it’s just downright pretty and looks great on the buffet table.
While using the Emile Henry ruffled pie dish at home, our tester found that it was a perfect fit for almost any style of pie. Shallower custard pies can be made with a smaller pie shell without looking like they're being swallowed by the pan since there isn't a formal rim, and larger pies have plenty of room to grow. Our tester noted that the dish has a whopping 6-cup capacity, meaning you can comfortably load your next apple pie up with well over 4 pounds of sliced apples. The tall sides were also a huge benefit when baking an especially juicy blueberry pie during testing, keeping the syrup from boiling up and over the sides of the pan and making a sticky burnt mess on the sheet tray.
You can feel comfortable serving pie straight out of this dish because we found that the glaze didn't show any marks from cutting, nor did the inky blueberries stain the glaze. The dish was easy to wash by hand with just a few minutes of soaking to loosen any sticky bits. Our tester loved this dish so much that she says she'll break it out for casseroles, quiches, and anything else that could benefit from a little bit of flair.
Price at time of publish: $49
Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 2 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"Not only is the Emile Henry pie dish gorgeous, but it baked every pie I fit into it evenly and completely. No soggy bottoms or sticking edges with this pie dish. Just looking at it makes me want to bake another pie." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Lindy's Stainless Steel 9-Inch Pie Pan
Strong stainless steel construction
Conducts heat well for bottom crust cooking
Pies cook evenly
Cutting slices may scratch polished surface
Not microwave safe
The price is right, and the pan is practically indestructible. Made from stainless steel with a mirror finish, this won’t rust, crack, bend, shatter, or wear out. It can handle the heat of the oven and the chill of the freezer—and it can go directly from the freezer to the oven with no fear of thermal breakage. The mirror finish looks attractive for serving, and it helps the crust release easily from the pan for perfect slices every time. Not just for pie, this can also be used to roast a few vegetables or a small roast, and since it’s unbreakable, it’s great for transporting goodies to potlucks and parties. When the food is gone, this can go into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
As part of our tests, our reviewer measured the diameter of the pans from the inner edge of the rim and found that the Lindy's pan isn't a true 9-inch pan, but comes close at 8 ½ inches. You'll want to keep that in mind when making pies, as you'll probably use slightly less filling than a recipe calls for. During the blind-baking portion of the test, the Lindy's pan performed fine, producing a perfectly par-baked shell in less than 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The custard pie that our tester baked in this pan came out smooth and creamy without overcooking, scrambling, or uneven browning. Unfortunately, cutting slices of pie directly in the pan with a sharp knife leaves marks on the bottom of the pan, but it doesn't detract from the overall functionality of the pan.
Price at time of publish: $6
Dimensions: 9.75 x 9.75 x 1.5 inches | Weight: Unspecified | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"The Lindy's stainless steel pie pan is a great alternative to a disposable aluminum pie pan, and doesn't cost much more. It's simple to cook with, and even easier to clean when you're finished with your pie." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Great Jones Sweetie Pie Ceramic Pie Pan
Attractive and trendy design
Microwave and dishwasher safe
30-day trial with free returns
Slightly larger than standard pie plates
Who knew that a pie plate could be a super-effective baking tool and ultra-trendy at the same time? Designer kitchen tools are no longer relegated to popular chef series pieces or classic French collections. They now include up-and-comers, like Great Jones, that strive to design kitchen and bakeware for serious home cooks with equally serious style.
The Great Jones “Sweetie Pie” pie plate is a 10-inch round and 2-inch deep ceramic pie plate that can be used in the oven or broiler. It is also safe to refrigerate, freeze, microwave, and even run through the dishwasher. The heavy-duty ceramic pan evenly distributes heat across the base of your pie to avoid soggy bottoms. At the same time, the smooth and glossy finish on the inside of the pan will keep your crust from sticking.
During testing, our reviewer baked both a delicate coconut cream pie and a hearty apple pie in this plate and was impressed with the results of both pies. The coconut cream pie released cleanly and evenly from the plate in perfect slices, while both the top and bottom crusts of the apple pie cooked all the way through. The only flaw she noticed was that the unglazed bottom of the plate made it tougher to slide across her oven rack or turn it while baking. But the fluted rim and tall sides made it easy enough to handle with side towels.
This is available in four colors with coordinating food-themed names. These pie plates are decorated with a retro design that plays up the nostalgic feeling of a fresh-baked pie straight out of your grandma’s oven—which is really half the point of a comforting homemade pie in the first place.
Price at time of publish: $50
Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 2 inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"This plate gives off nostalgic home-cooked soul food vibes just by looking at it, and it's sturdy enough to last for a few generations if taken care of. The tight fluting of edge of this pie plate also makes a great guide for a consistent finger-crimped pie crust." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Best with Lid
Oxo Good Grips Glass Pie Plate with Lid
Sturdy enough for travel
Easy to see crust while cooking
Microwave and dishwasher safe
Standalone pie plate not super attractive
Pie is a wonderful thing, but storing the leftovers can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you’ve made a pie with a tall and fluffy meringue top. This pie plate solves the storage problem neatly with a plastic snap-on lid that will keep the pie safe until the last crumb is gone. The lid has vent holes to release heat in case you have to cover your pie while it's still warm—they'll reduce moisture that could make the crust soggy.
The pie plate itself is made from borosilicate glass that’s resistant to thermal shock and lets you monitor the crust’s browning as it bakes. It’s microwave safe if you want to reheat leftovers, and it’s dishwasher safe when the last bite of pie has been eaten (although it's also extremely easy to clean by hand).
As far as size goes, our tester noted that this particular pie dish is one of the largest in our lineup. The inside diameter of the pan is closer to 9.5 inches, and at 2 inches deep, it can hold a substantial amount of pie. When blind-baking a pie shell, she was thrilled to see that the pie shell didn't stick to the plate, making it a breeze to cut and serve perfect slices of pecan pie directly out of the pan. The whole setup is a little large, but if storage space is an issue she found that the lid also snaps onto the bottom of the pie dish cutting the storage space needed in half. Although, we also think it's a great place to store your pie weights between bakes to keep your essential pie tools all in one place.
Price at time of publish: $15
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 2 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"Since most people don't keep bakery-style pie boxes on hand for storing and transporting their pies, this set is genius. Both the glass plate and plastic snap-on lid feel sturdy enough for stacking or traveling with and are very easy to clean by hand." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Best Deep Dish
Farberware Baker's Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish
Great for pastry and savory baking
Ruffled edge for easy crimping
Evenly cooks large pies
Hand washing recommended
Deep-dish pie means you can have more filling in your fruit pie and more meat in your shepherd’s pie with enough room left for a generous topping of mashed potatoes. This pretty deep-dish pie plate has a cheery blue exterior with creamy white on the inside of the pan and on top of the rim.
To test out just how much filling could fit in this pie plate, our tester loaded it up with 4.5 pounds of apples, which is on the large side even for an apple pie. She was impressed to see that the apples baked perfectly and evenly all the way through the pie without turning into applesauce, and the crust cooked nicely on the bottom without being soggy. When comparing this plate side by side with the Great Jones pie plate, we thought the plates were nearly identical with only a few minor cosmetic differences. This one is slightly deeper, though.
Made from ceramic, this heats evenly so the crust browns all around. It’s oven-safe for baking pies as well as savory foods like meatloaf or scalloped potatoes. It’s freezer safe for prepping ahead, and it’s microwave safe for reheating leftovers. Hand washing is recommended, but the ceramic glaze releases food easily for simple cleanup. We noticed a few light marks on the surface of the ceramic from cutting pie slices (and eating a few forkfuls straight out of the pan), but all of the marks washed off with soap and water.
Price at time of publish: $16
Dimensions: 10.24 x 10.24 x 2.17 inches (9.5-inch pie diameter) | Weight: 2.94 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This is your go-to pie pan for baking a massive apple pie with all of those bags of apples you came home with on your last apple picking trip. Once you've used up all your apples, you can also use this dish for baking casseroles or au gratin potatoes, and the ceramic will help keep the food warm all the way through dinner." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Pyrex Easy Grab Pie Plate
Easy to see crust cooking
Ruffled edge for easy crimping and decoration
Pies release cleanly
May break if dropped
The biggest perk of a glass pie plate is being able to see what’s going on with your crust while it’s baking. Even when the top crust seems nicely golden brown, the bottom crust may need a few more minutes to fully cook, especially with liquidy fruit filling in an insulated dish. A glass plate like the Pyrex Easy Grab Pie Plate takes the guesswork out of knowing if your crust is fully cooked.
Our tester found that the clear view of the crust while cooking was incredibly helpful and was also pleased when both pies baked in the Pyrex pie plate came out cleanly without any crust sticking to the plate. The first pumpkin pie was baked without cooking spray, only a light dusting of flour, and was able to be removed from the plate whole after it had been completely chilled. The second pie was an apple pie, and while some of the juices boiled up and over the crust while baking, the crust still released cleanly from the pan after cooling. The glass plate smoothly slid across the oven rack while going in and out of the oven, and was as easy to handle as advertised with both potholders and side towels.
Not only is this pie plate relatively easy to find, but it also comes at a price that won’t leave a hole in your wallet. It all comes with the reliability of Pyrex’s signature tempered glass, used in their entire line of kitchen and bakeware—from measuring cups and casserole dishes to storage containers and dinnerware.
Price at time of publish: $6
Dimensions: 9.75 x 9.75 x 1.5 inches (9.5-inch pie diameter) | Weight: 2.9 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"A Pyrex pie plate is possibly one of the most essential pieces of bakeware, even if it isn't as flashy or expensive as some of the other options. When cooking a large fruit pie for well over an hour, it was incredibly helpful to be able to see the progress of the crust. The consistently clean release of pie slices from the plate is a fantastic bonus." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Best with Removable Bottom
HOMOW Nonstick Heavy-Duty Tart Pan With Removable Bottom
Great for graham and chocolate cookie crusts
Easy to remove pie safely
Cleaning fluted cavities can be tedious
Not microwave safe
While pies are normally served directly from the pan, tarts are often removed from their pans before they're plated. Flipping a pie or tart out of a traditional pie pan would be nearly impossible, but tart pans are made of two parts to make the process go more smoothly. Just a push up from the bottom pops the tart out of the pan's ring, so you can slide it onto a plate to be admired from all angles. This pick is made from steel with a nonstick coating so your pastries slide out easily, and it’s dishwasher safe so you don't have to think about cleanup when there's tart to be eaten.
Available in several different sizes, we tested the 11-inch tart pan to judge how it would bake a similar amount of filling as a typical 9-inch pie, which is pretty close as this pan holds about 6 cups of filling. Our tester also found that the nonstick coating on the pan lives up to its name, as both of the tarts that we baked in this pan released smoothly with a swipe of an offset spatula underneath the crust. Our tester also really liked the rolled edges on both the top and bottom of the tart pan ring, which protects hands from slices while fitting the dough into place and washing the ring after use.
It took a little bit of effort to clean the fluting of the tart ring by hand, but there were no large pieces of crust stuck to the pan. Our tester also noted while testing that if the tart is cut while still in the pan, the knife will slice into the nonstick coating, so we highly recommend completely removing the tart from the pan before cutting.
Price at time of publish: $11
Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 1 inches | Weight: 15.3 ounces | Dishwasher Safe: No
"The nonstick coating and rolled edges of the Homow tart pan really make this particular pan one of the best tart pans available, without costing much more than traditional anodized aluminum tart pans. These shallower pans are ideal for fruit and jam tarts, as well as custards that are cooked on the stovetop and poured into the pre-cooked shell." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Sweese 521.003 Porcelain Mini Pie Pan Set of 6
Perfect personal portions
Attractive color palette
These mini pie plates are ideal for making various pies to suit everyone's tastes or baking smaller pies to hand out as individual treats. They're appropriate for classic sweet pies and fitting for savory pies like quiche and chicken pot pie. You can store these pie plates in both the refrigerator and the freezer to extend the life of your baked goods directly in the pie dish they're baked in.
The dishes are made of pro-grade porcelain and are safe for use in the oven, as well as the microwave, dishwasher, and broiler. Glazed in six different cool tones and finished with attractive fluted edges, the pie plates retain heat for even baking.
When testing these miniature pie plates, we baked both pumpkin pie and apple pie in the plates. It took just as long to par-bake shells in these plates as it does in regular-sized pie plates, but it took slightly less time to bake the filled pies. The pumpkin pie filling took around 7 minutes less than the full-sized pumpkin pies, and about 10 minutes less than the full-sized apple pies, which typically bake for over an hour. Three pie plates use about the same amount of filling as one full-sized pie, so all six pie plates would equal about two full-sized pies. Each mini pie served two people who really like pie, but we imagine it could also serve three to four people who just want a bite of pie.
Price at time of publish: $32
Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches | Weight: 15 ounces each | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"Just because these pie plates are smaller than typical plates, doesn't mean they perform any less. The crusts cooked just as evenly as the pies we tested in full-sized ceramic pie plates. The final products were admittedly very cute, and fun to share." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
MontoPack Heavy-Duty Disposable Aluminum Foil Pie Plates
Great for large-scale pie production
Not attractive for serving
When you’re baking for a bake sale or a potluck, you definitely don’t want to give away your favorite pie plate with your pie. Sure, a stack of 50 pie pans seems like a lot, but they'll never go bad, so you can keep them in your kitchen and skip the last-minute panic before Thanksgiving when you can't find disposable pie plates anywhere.
If you bake a lot, these pans can also be used for freezing stacks of unbaked pie crusts so you’ll have them on hand when you need them. They are made from aluminum in the standard 9-inch pie pan size, so they’re great for all your regular pie recipes. Re-use isn’t recommended, but they’re recyclable when you're finished with them.
During testing, the aluminum pie pans blind-baked just as evenly and quickly as the other metal pie pans we tested, but these particular pans need to be baked on a sheet tray. Unfortunately, they aren't as stable when filled with pie weights, and far too delicate to move in and out of the oven when filled with a liquid custard filling. Two aluminum pie pans will comfortably fit on a half sheet pan, so you can still bake several pies at once. Also, use care when cutting your pie, as a sharp knife will slice through both the pie and foil pan.
Price at time of publish: $20
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 0.46 ounces each
"When buying these pans in bulk, they cost less than $.50 cents a pan, which is a great deal when you're making a lot of pies. The pans are likely to be sliced or warp while serving pie from them, so they're easy to rinse off and recycle." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
Pies baked in metal pie pans usually cook faster than in ceramic and glass pans. Because metal conducts heat faster, the outside of the pie is likely to cook faster than the inside of the pie, which is most noticeable when cooking custard pies. The crust is also likely to brown faster in a metal pie pan, sometimes requiring you to cover the rim of the crust with foil when baking especially large pies, like apple pie, that take longer to bake. Pies baked in ceramic and glass plates tend to cook uniformly across the pie, since the pie plate provides more insulation than metal and heats up at the same speed as the pie filling. Pies may take anywhere from a few more minutes to half an hour longer to cook all the way through compared to metal plates.
Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Nonstick Pie Dish
Attractive gold finish
True 9-inch deep dish pie pan
More expensive than other metal pans
Nonstick coating may scratch
One of the biggest struggles bakers have is baking a beautiful pie, only to have the slices stick to the bottom of the pan when it's time to serve them, destroying all of the delicate work that was done to make the pie. The nonstick coating of this pan helps put your mind at ease when you set out to bake. It's constructed with a strong, gold-colored aluminized steel that conducts heat to the crust while baking evenly and quickly. During tests, this pie pan par-baked pie crusts faster than the other metal pie pans we tested and kept them from sticking without using any additional cooking spray.
The custard pie that our tester baked in this pan was evenly cooked without scrambling or overbaking on any particular side. Unfortunately, the gold coating did show signs of wear when cutting slices with a sharp knife, so it's suggested that you use wood, silicone, or plastic pie cutters when serving your pie. While Williams-Sonoma says this pan is dishwasher safe, it's easy to wash by hand, which will also extend the life of the nonstick coating. This pan is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and can also be stored in the refrigerator and freezer if you don't manage to finish your whole pie in one sitting.
Price at time of publish: $23
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"I was impressed by how evenly and quickly my pie crust baked in this pan, and the gold nonstick finish made it a little more attractive than the other metal pie and glass plates that I tested." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
HIC Harold Import Co. Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Perfect Pie Plate
Easy to use
Attractive fluting design
Heavier than other pans
For beginners, this pie pan does a lot of the work for you when it comes to decoratively shaping your pie crust. This beautiful, fluted pie plate is part of cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum's line of baking gear. During testing we found that the ruffled edge easily gives your pie an artistic flair, even if you’re not good at crimping the crust or finishing it with a fancy edge. The flutes also let you lift the pan easily from below, so you won’t mess up the crust as you retrieve the pie from the oven. This pie plate can even be used under the broiler if your crumb crust is a bit too pale.
The plate itself is the size of a standard 9-inch pie pan, although you can still fit a larger pie like an apple pie with about 2 1/2 pounds of apples into it. Our tester baked an extremely juicy blueberry pie in this plate and was impressed when the crust that rested firmly on the fluted edge prevented boiling blueberry juices from getting under the crust. After it cooled, impressively very little of the crust stuck to the plate. The pecan pie that we baked in this pan didn't stick at all. A little bit of soaking removed any stuck on syrup and crust, and it's easily washed by hand if you don't have a dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $50
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 1.9 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"This pie plate makes baking beautiful pies easy for pie makers of every experience level. It cooks perfect custard, nut, and fruit pies all the way through and looks fantastic with a lattice or decorative crust." — Jenny Kellerhals, Product Tester
If you're looking for the best all-around pie pan, our top pick is the Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish, which looks beautiful and performed well in all our tests. If you're planning on traveling with your pie, the OXO Good Grips Glass Pie Plate with Lid is ideal for both baking and transporting pies, even if they're piled high with toppings.
How We Tested
Each of our selected pies pans was tested by our baking expert for the most authentic home-baked pie results. We paid special attention to the size of the pans, including the true diameter of the pan as well as the depth and overall volume. The pans were used to test several different types of pies, from blind-baked shells to custard pies and large double-crust fruit pies. We watched closely to see how thoroughly the crusts cooked in each pan, if the pies stuck to the plates while serving, and how easy each pan was to clean after all the pie had been eaten. We tested the pie pans side by side to compare dishes with the same materials to each other, as well as to the entire set of pie pans as a whole. Each was given a rating for design, quality, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
What to Look for in a Pie Pan
Pie pans come in ceramic, glass, metal, steel, cast iron, and porcelain. Each material has its pros and cons. Ceramic pans are well-insulated, hold the heat, and the pies bake and brown evenly. A glass pan lets you monitor the crust while baking so you don’t overbake or underbake it. Metal pie pans are inexpensive and conduct heat very well but that can lead to a brown crust well before the filling is done. The heavier a metal pan, the less likely it is prone to warping.
Especially when you intend to place frozen pies in the hot oven, make sure the material is resistant to thermal shock, which is usually indicated among the product specifications.
Disposable pies made of aluminum are a convenient option for freezing pies or giving them away as gifts. However, despite aluminum being recyclable, its drawback is that it is a less sustainable single-use product.
Size and Depth
Most pie pans are 9 or 10 inches in diameter, but there are also models in between, which is a good compromise for any standard-size pie. A 2-inch-deep pie plate works best for double-crust pies and single-crust pies with a generous filling. A 1.5-inch-deep pie plate can be used both for double-crust and single-crust pies.
Pies, once they are cut, can look a bit messy. For a nicer presentation, or to freeze single servings, get a set of mini pie pans.
Additional features also make a pie pan more versatile. If you like to prepare pies ahead, buy a freezer-safe pie pan. Or, to reheat leftovers, check if the pie pan is microwave safe. Also, a pie pan that comes with a lid is convenient for handling leftovers. A pie pan with ruffled or fluted edges lets you create a pretty crimped edge, even if you are a less-experienced pie baker.
Pies, both sweet and savory, are usually served in the pan they were baked in. That’s why looks matter more for pie pans than for other baking pans. Many manufacturers offer different color options and attractive designs.
Tarts, on the other hand, are not served in the pan, that’s when a nonstick coating and removable bottom are helpful to release the tart and transfer it safely to a cooling rack or serving plate.
If easy cleanup is an important consideration, choose a pie pan that can be put in the dishwasher over one that requires hand-washing.
Should you grease a pie pan?
There are a lot of different opinions about whether or not you should grease a pie pan, but generally speaking, a quick spritz of cooking spray on the bottom of a pie dish will help keep your pie from sticking to the bottom of the pan—but there's no need to overdo it. Many people believe that greasing a pie dish will change the texture of your pie crust, making it less flaky. So if you're more concerned with a flaky crunch than easily removing slices of pie, feel free to skip the cooking spray. If your pie does manage to stick to the bottom of the pan, gently heating the bottom of the pan by dipping the bottom in a shallow pan of hot water should help loosen the crust from the pan.
How do you measure a pie pan?
To get the correct diameter measurement of a pie pan, you'll want to measure across the center of the pan from the inside rim to the opposite inside rim. Do not include the thickness of the lip of the pan, handles, or any other decorative elements. To find out if your pie dish is standard or deep-dish, measure from the top of the rim to the crease of the pan at the bottom.
How deep is a deep-dish pie pan?
A deep-dish pie pan can be anywhere from 1.5 inches to 2 inches deep. The depth of the pie dish is typically related to the diameter, with larger 10-inch pie dishes having a deeper measurement and an 8- or 9-inch pie dish having a slightly shallower measurement.
Can you use a pie pan to bake a cake?
Yes, you can use a pie pan to bake a cake, but you should be aware that pie pans typically have angled sides and cake pans have straight sides. Because of this difference, if you're making a layered cake, the edges of the cake will be harder to frost. The cakes can be trimmed to get rid of the angled edges but may still be difficult to frost. Generally, cake pans should be used for baking cakes, but in a pinch, a pie pan will do if you aren't interested in how good the final product looks.
How do you take a pie out of the pan?
A pie is typically served in the pan that it is baked in. For serving, a slice of pie is cut with a sharp knife and a pie server is inserted under the crust to lift the piece out to serve. If you want to remove the entire pie from the pan, the pie should be completely chilled or frozen first. A chilled or frozen pie is easier to handle and less likely to break. Once thoroughly chilled, use a knife or pie server to loosen the pie from the pan and either lift the pie out or carefully invert the pie to remove it. If you're planning on removing the pie from the pan in advance, a disposable aluminum pie pan is the easiest to cut through and remove your pie with the least amount of damage.
How do you put a pie crust into a pie pan?
After you've rolled out a pie crust, you will need to transport it to your pie pan quickly and smoothly to keep the rolled dough from tearing. If the dough is relatively small, you can move it by sliding your hands and arms underneath the dough, lifting it, and quickly transferring it to the pie plate. If the dough is larger or you'd like more support while moving the dough, you can loosely roll the dough over your rolling pin to move it, then unroll the dough over your pie dish.
Once the pie dough is resting on the pie pan, you begin shaping it by smoothing the dough across the bottom surface of the pan and then fitting the dough into the crease of the pan. Next, you'll press the dough against the sides of the dish, allowing any extra dough to hang over the lip. Trim the dough about half an inch past the lip of the dish, and crimp the edge of your pie crust as you like.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie has written for The Spruce Eats since 2016. A seasoned recipe writer and gadget tester, she also wrote the cookbook Make Ahead Bread.
This article was updated by Jenny Kellerhals, who also tested all of the pie pans on this list for The Spruce Eats. She is a professional pastry chef in New York City and a freelance food writer. At home, pies are her go-to dessert and always a crowd favorite.