I am a newbie and have never made a cake besides a shaped pan or 13X9. I am off to the store today to find a new pan to experiment with. Is a square or round pan easiest to get the cake to bake evenly?
For me, I think a square pan bakes more evenly. But honestly, sometimes it depends on your recipe. If your recipe has shortening in it, it bakes more level in any pan.
I also use bake even strips to have the cake bake more evenly. And depending on the size of the pan, I might use a flower nail in the center (to help the center cook as fast as the outer edges, so that the edges aren't done and the middle still goopy).
I would say round cakes, hands down.
Round--I believe--because there are no corners.
I sort of envision the heat being able to circulate without accumulating in a corner.
Don't know if that's accurate, but I feel that's how it works for me when I bake.
i feel like any shaped pan bakes evenly as long as i have my bake even strips on them. they are the key to perfect cakes every time for me! you don't waste any cake b/c you don't have to level anymore (except on a rare occasion). you can buy them at michael's and worth every penny!