Easy cake removal
Patina develops over time
We purchased the Fat Daddio's Round Cheesecake Pan so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Cheesecake is often cited as an item you have to try making in an Instant Pot, but it requires a special pan, such as the Fat Daddio's Round Cheesecake Pan. We were curious about the loose-bottom design of this cake pan, so we stocked up on cream cheese and graham crackers to put it to the test. A lot of baking took place, and now we know exactly what the pan is good for.
Design: Simple and sturdy
This 7-inch pan has straight sides with a thickly rolled rim, and it features a removable base that’s placed in the bottom of the pan before baking. This feature was great because when our baking was done, all we had to do was push up from below and the cheesecake lifted right out of the pan. For cakes that were stuck to the sides after baking, all we needed to do was run a thin spatula around the inside to loosen the cake for removal.
The pan has 3-inch sides, so it’s taller than many standard baking pans. We liked these high sides, particularly when making our cheesecake, as it rises a lot during baking and sinks as it cools. With a standard 2-inch pan, there would be a risk of the cheesecake overflowing, which would make a mess inside the Instant Pot.
The pan has 3-inch sides, so it’s taller than many standard baking pans.
Unlike a springform pan, the Fat Daddio’s latchless design takes up less space inside the Instant Pot’s cooking pot, and the cheesecake pan can remain perfectly centered since there’s no latch sticking out on one side.
Performance: Good for more than cheesecake
The first thing we made with the Fat Daddio’s Pan was naturally cheesecake. We usually wrap our cheesecake bottoms in foil to keep moisture from creeping into the crust, but we left the foil off during testing. Happily, the crust wasn’t soggy at all, so we’ll definitely be eliminating that extra step for future cheesecakes.
While this is sold as a cheesecake pan, we found that it can be used for other Instant Pot desserts as long as the batter is sufficiently thick. Brownie batter, bread dough, and most cake batter would be fine since the weight of the mixture presses down the removable base and keeps it in place. Thin, watery batters would be risky, however, since they could leak out of the bottom of the pan, making a mess in the oven or your Instant Pot.
While this is sold as a cheesecake pan, we found that it can be used for other Instant Pot desserts as long as the batter is sufficiently thick.
When we used the pan to bake four cinnamon rolls, there was room to spare, and the rolls released easily from the pan even though we didn’t oil it ahead of baking. It worked well for our pull-apart dinner rolls, as well, though they did stick on the sides a little. A quick spray of baking spray would have helped.
We also baked a banana bread recipe in the pan and had no issues with leaking. Taking the finished cake out of the pan was amazingly easy, too. When we pushed from the bottom, it lifted with no sticking, and we just had to slide it off of the base and onto a serving plate. This pan also worked well for a small deep-dish pizza, and we’d also recommend it for other topped or filled breads, since there’s no need to flip the pan over to remove the food.
The one downside of the pan’s loose bottom is that you have to be especially careful when carrying the pan if it’s full of batter. There’s a wide enough rim to hold the bottom securely, but if the center is pushed up, it could lift and let batter spill out of the bottom.
While the bottom of the pan can be used for serving, we recommend moving baked goods to a serving plate to avoid scratching the base when cutting. That also means the base and pan can be washed at the same time and kept together when stored.
Material: Anodized aluminum
The pan is made from anodized aluminum, and it has a matte silver color. The company website notes that the pan may darken over time, acquiring a patina that commercial bakers say improves the performance of the pan. However, some users may find it unattractive.
When baking in a conventional oven, the pan is safe to 500 degrees. That’s much higher than a cake would need, but it's handy for baking other foods, such as artisan breads, which often require higher baking temperatures.
Cleaning: Hand wash only
This pan needs to be washed by hand, unfortunately. It’s not just a suggestion, either—just ask the reviewers who tried using the dishwasher and ruined their pans. However, hand washing is simple enough, so it’s not much of a hardship.
When removing cakes from the base or loosening the sides, a plastic or silicone tool should be used to avoid scratching the metal. The good news is that if you do scratch the bottom piece, it’s reversible, so you can simply use the undamaged side.
The Fat Daddio's Round Cheesecake Pan is at a mid-range price point, typically costing between $10 and $15. There are cheaper springform pans designed for use in your Instant Pot, as well as some that are more expensive, and given this pan’s versatility, we think the price is reasonable.
Fat Daddio's Round Cheesecake Pan vs. Nordic Ware 7-inch Leakproof Springform Pan
Cheesecakes are traditionally baked in springform pans, like the Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan. Users praise the Nordic Ware pan for its leak-free baking and nonstick cooking surface, which make cake removal and cleaning easy. However, the downside of latched pans is that their closures can loosen over time, no matter how well designed.
While we’ve been happy with springform pans in the past and still may use them, we’re awfully fond of the push-up base and clean sides of the Fat Daddio’s pan.
- Product Name Round Cheesecake Pan
- Product Brand Fat Daddio's
- MPN PCC-73
- Price $12.49
- Product Dimensions 7 x 3 in.