I love a good cheesecake! There isn’t a cheesecake style I have tried and disliked so far. I think it is definitely my number one dessert!
Given my serious love for this amazing dessert, I started to make my own.
But as an amateur baker, I didn’t realize the importance of having the right cheesecake equipment to hand to make successful cheesecakes, and there were some horrendous cheesecake disasters at the beginning!
Now, I always reach for my springform pan when I’m making cheesecake without even thinking and it has been a total game changer!
But what if you don’t have a detachable pan? Can you make cheesecake without a springform pan? Let’s find out!
What is a Springform Pan?
A springform pan is a pan that is made of 2 parts. It has a solid base that stabilizes the bake, and the second part of the pan is a ring that has a latch on it.
This part enables the outer ring to be removed from the base easily by popping open the latch and taking it off. The bake will then remain on the solid base for stability.
There are so many benefits to having a springform pan and it is a pan I can’t live without!
When baking cheesecake, a springform pan comes in so handy. You can bake it directly in the pan and allow it to cool there.
Before serving my cheesecake, I can run a hot knife around the inside of the ring to loosen the edges of the bake and pop the latch open to remove the ring with no damage to the cheesecake and no fiddly removal.
We all know how delicate cheesecakes can be!
A springform pan is usually used for any bake that cannot be easily removed by turning it upside down to remove (inverting).
Cheesecakes especially aren’t suitable for this method of removal – unless you want a puddle of cheesecake on your kitchen floor!. They have a base at the bottom for a reason!
A springform pan is the most suitable pan for a cheesecake for that exact reason!
A cheesecake can’t be inverted to remove it from the pan, whether it’s baked or not, and the structure is too delicate to try and force out.
Springform pan alternative
Long before I had a springform pan, I used to bake a cheesecake by lining a regular cake tin with aluminium foil or parchment paper and leaving quite a lot of it overhanging the sides.
Once cooled thoroughly, I was able to lift the cheesecake out of the pan. It’s a suitable substitute method, but make sure to be super careful when removing the cheesecake!
It is a good method, but it will leave your cheesecake with rough edges from the crinkles of the paper.
If you don’t have a springform pan, the best substitute option is definitely those amazing disposable aluminium cake pans!
Once your cheesecake has completely chilled, you can literally cut the sides away from the cheesecake with little to no damage. Great, right?
Failing all of that, and you still have the overwhelming desire to create that beautiful cheesecake, but you have no springform pan, no foil, or any disposable pans…Simply use a regular cake pan and serve the cheesecake straight from there.
You might have to write off the first slice as it will most likely fall apart when you are taking it out of the pan!
Cheesecake without springform pan
Although there is the potential that any cheesecake will crack during baking, regardless of which cheesecake baking pan you use, using something other than a springform pan will not make cracking more or less likely.
When you follow the science for baking the perfect cheesecake, the same rules will still apply in every pan.
But, what will happen to a cheesecake without a springform pan? If you don’t use a springform pan for you cheesecake, you run the risk of completely ruining it in the process of trying to remove it.
If you are using a normal cake tin for your cheesecake, line it with greaseproof paper or aluminium foil, leaving lots of excess hanging over the sides to aid removal.
When your cheesecake has completely cooled down, simply lift it out the pan.
And how about making a no-bake cheesecake without a springform pan? Yes, It is possible to make the cheesecake in a pan other than a springform pan.
The best piece of advice I can give to you is to use the disposable pans if you can, fully cool in the refrigerator, and then make cuts in the sides to expose the cheesecake.
If, however, there is absolutely no option but to use a one-piece pan to make a no-bake cheesecake, making the cuts for the first slice needs to be ideally done with a warmed and dry palette knife and a steady hand!
Like mentioned earlier, the first slice will be the “tester” slice designed for the chef!
How to use a springform pan for cheesecake
There isn’t a specific cheesecake baking pan, so a springform pan is the most ideal tin to use.
Using a springform pan for a cheesecake is very simple. Make sure you grease the bottom and the sides of the pan with melted butter or cake release spray.
Greasing your pan is especially important if you are baking your cheesecake. It prevent it from sticking to the sides and makes for an easier removal.
Once your cheesecake has baked and completely cooled down, run a warm knife around the edges of the pan and release the latch.
Gently lift out the ring and you should be left with a lovely, smooth cheesecake!
So, can you make cheesecake without a springform pan? Yes! You absolutely can.
With a few clever pieces of equipment and a steady hand when it comes to removing the cheesecake from the pan, it is achievable!
I would always highly recommend a springform pan for any cheesecake creations! If you don’t have one, what are you waiting for!
They are simple to use and get the best results for a perfect baked and no-bake cheesecake.
There are definitely great alternative ways to create a successful cheesecake even if you don’t have a springform pan.
By lining a regular pan with foil or greaseproof paper and making sure the cheesecake is thoroughly chilled, you can make the delicate cheesecake easier to remove from any pan.
Or failing that, disposable aluminium pans are superb, and this means less cleaning up too!
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