Can You Make Cheesecake Without a Springform Pan?

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Turns out, you don't need to add another pan to your kitchen because you CAN make a cheesecake without a springform pan.

Smooth, creamy cheesecakes are a sweet way to elevate any special occasion. And if you’ve ever tackled one yourself, you know that most cheesecakes recipes call for a springform pan. But what if you don’t have one? Get the scoop on making cheesecake without a springform pan.

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What is a Springform Pan?

Springform pans are great for bakes that can’t be inverted, like cheesecakes and quiches. They include two parts: the base and a removable ring that forms the sides. After baking your cheesecake in a springform pan, you can easily remove the ring to reveal your cake and make it easier to slice and serve. If you don’t have one, try the Taste of Home springform pan.

Can I Make Cheesecake Without a Springform Pan?

As Alton Brown puts it, “A cheesecake needs a springform like a fish needs a bicycle.” In other words, yes! You don’t need a springform pan for your cheesecake.

What Can I Use Instead?

You can use almost any baking pan for your cheesecake. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to consider how different sized pans will affect the cooking time. In other words, if the pan is shallower, the cake will cook faster. There’s no need to adjust the baking temperature, especially when you know how to tell when a cheesecake is done.

If your recipe calls for a 10-inch springform pan, a 9×13 pan, 9-inch tube pan or 10-inch Bundt cake pan would be good substitutes. You can also use multiple pans for the batter, though you’ll need to double the crust. Two deep-dish pie plates, 9-inch cake pans or 8×4-inch loaf pans would all work well.

If you would like to remove the cheesecake from the pan, be sure to line the base and sides with parchment paper first. You could also bake the cheesecake in an aluminum foil pan and cut it away to reveal the cake.

If you’re craving cheesecake but don’t want to deal with substituting the pans, try our ultra-easy cheesecake pie, these adorable mini cheesecakes or one of these nontraditional cheesecake recipes.

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Alexa Hackfort
Alexa is a writer who believes there’s always room for ice cream. Based in Milwaukee, she enjoys exploring the city, tackling new recipes and planning her next trip.