Round Cake Pans. What's Your Favorite...

Decorating By tokazodo Updated 14 Mar 2011 , 5:41pm by cvoges

tokazodo Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 11:07pm
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What is your favorite brand? Size?
2 inch deep, 3 inch deep, 4 inch deep?
Is there any advantage of one depth over the other?

Do you like odd sized round cake pans or even sized?
Are any better then others?

I need to make a purchase and I'm looking for free advice.

Thanks!

tokazodo

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ShandraB Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 11:18pm
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I was just about to post this same question! Magic line or Fat Daddio's or something else? I would love to know what people think.

Minstrelmiss Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 11:19pm
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I love my 5", 6", 7", 8" and 9" magic lines pans. All of them are 3" high. icon_smile.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 11:41pm
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I though all along that I had magic line pans in round and one day I discovered that they are bake mate. I bought them through the bakery that I was working at. In any case I have a couple of odd sizes , 7 and 9 in. I don't always use them but I don't do too many wedding cakes but I will use them when I am desperate for another pan in a different size. LOL!! They are 2 in in depth but I love them.
Oh and by the way I have some magic line ones but they are in square and they are wonderful!!!

SunshineSally Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:00am
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I have Magic Line, 2 inch deep pans. I have even and odd sizes from 3 inches to 14 inches. Wonderful investment! LOVE these pans!!! icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:10am
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Hands down I love Magic Line. I have some 3 inch pans (6, 9, 12, 15) and the rest I have two each of the two inch pans, 2 x 2 up to 16 x 2. Now, only one pan do I own that's a Fat Daddio's and that one I bought out of desperation -- and I love it! It works fabulous and the cake baked up amazingly well. Who knew?? icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

newbaker55 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:26am
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All my pans are Magic Line icon_biggrin.gif I have at least 2 each of the even sizes up to 14", 2 each of the 7 & 9". All are 2" deep. I have some of the square ML pans in 3" depth.

I think the advantage of a 3" depth lies within the torting for deeper layers or, if you're fortunate enough to own an Agbay, one swipe for 3 layers.

I started this hobby with Wilton and learned the hard way that straight sided pans are the way to go icon_biggrin.gif plus, I'm a firm believer in bake even strips and I haven't heard of or found any that will accomodate a 3" depth pan. I suppose you could use custom towelling strips, but I didn't have good luck with that.

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:32am
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Originally Posted by newbaker55

All my pans are Magic Line icon_biggrin.gif I have at least 2 each of the even sizes up to 14", 2 each of the 7 & 9". All are 2" deep. I have some of the square ML pans in 3" depth.

I think the advantage of a 3" depth lies within the torting for deeper layers or, if you're fortunate enough to own an Agbay, one swipe for 3 layers.

I started this hobby with Wilton and learned the hard way that straight sided pans are the way to go icon_biggrin.gif plus, I'm a firm believer in bake even strips and I haven't heard of or found any that will accomodate a 3" depth pan. I suppose you could use custom towelling strips, but I didn't have good luck with that.




For three inch pans just put the bake strips up under the lip and it works just fine. I also do the flower nail thing when I bake (along with the bake strips.) Works like a charm! icon_biggrin.gif

newbaker55 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:40am
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Good to know, Bob! I'm also a flower nail user icon_smile.gif Thanks for the info icon_biggrin.gif

leily Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 3:56am
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Magic Line all the way, i had a Fat daddio and gave it away.

I have 2" pans and i have doubles in even and odd sizes from 2"-12", I'm going to be investing in more 6, 7, and 8 inch pans too as they're ones that i use a lot. As for how many of each size you need will depend on what demand you have.

leah_s Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 4:09am
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what leily said. 2", Magic Line. I have multiples of every size, 4" through 18", except 13". I do have a couple of odd brands that we hand offs from others, but if I was buying new, it would be ML pans.

Kitagrl Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 4:11am
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If anyone has time, and you've used both magic line and fat daddio, could you list the pros and cons of each?

Believe it or not, most of my pans are overused Wiltons that I have ruined in the past in the dishwasher. haha. I have a few Fat Daddios that I like just fine. I've never tried Magic Line.

I'm thinking about completely overhauling my pans in a few months....so this is the perfect thread for me to be reading! If Magic Line is way more $$$ than Fat Daddio though, you'll have to convince me really well why its worth it...

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 10:34pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

If anyone has time, and you've used both magic line and fat daddio, could you list the pros and cons of each?

Believe it or not, most of my pans are overused Wiltons that I have ruined in the past in the dishwasher. haha. I have a few Fat Daddios that I like just fine. I've never tried Magic Line.

I'm thinking about completely overhauling my pans in a few months....so this is the perfect thread for me to be reading! If Magic Line is way more $$$ than Fat Daddio though, you'll have to convince me really well why its worth it...



Well I like Magic Line because A) they bake up perfectly every time (I've never had a problem) and B) they have super straight sides and edges. This is important if you're doing fondant work. Frankly I think I get a more professional looking end result from my magic line pans than any other pan.

leily Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:08pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

If anyone has time, and you've used both magic line and fat daddio, could you list the pros and cons of each?




There was a post, oh probably 2-3 years ago now, that did this and it got deleted after a couple of days. There was a were pictures of how they baked, they used the same recipe, there were lots of good comments from the OP and others, but... There were people on both sides of what they liked and i don't remember it getting heated or anything, but it dissapeared.

Kitagrl Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by leily

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitagrl

If anyone has time, and you've used both magic line and fat daddio, could you list the pros and cons of each?



There was a post, oh probably 2-3 years ago now, that did this and it got deleted after a couple of days. There was a were pictures of how they baked, they used the same recipe, there were lots of good comments from the OP and others, but... There were people on both sides of what they liked and i don't remember it getting heated or anything, but it dissapeared.




Hm. Well darn. What good is the forum if people fight and argue and get helpful threads deleted?

haha. Oh well. Will probably think about going Magic Line...I've heard a lot about it.

Later...just invested a few hundred in silicone mats, a Fat Daddio turntable, a chef coat, etc....

Magic Line will be later, along with custom made chef coat I really want...haha...LATER!

Normita Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:21pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

If anyone has time, and you've used both magic line and fat daddio, could you list the pros and cons of each?

Believe it or not, most of my pans are overused Wiltons that I have ruined in the past in the dishwasher. haha. I have a few Fat Daddios that I like just fine. I've never tried Magic Line.

I'm thinking about completely overhauling my pans in a few months....so this is the perfect thread for me to be reading! If Magic Line is way more $$$ than Fat Daddio though, you'll have to convince me really well why its worth it...




I personally own round fat daddio and square magic line 3 inch pans. I always bake 2 layers of each for a nice tall tier....usually 5-5.5 in height. I love FD round...never had a problem. And i love that I can place in dishwasher with no problems. ML I use strictly for squares because of the perfect angles....but one thing for sure NO dishwasher!! I learned the hard way with one of my pans....works great....but it all ugly now icon_sad.gif

Everyone will give you a different opinion on these pans....but I love and use them both. And plus, FD is cheaper than ML.

Kitagrl Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:34pm
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Can you really put Fat Daddio in the dishwasher? Really really? Ohhhh that is a selling point for me...all of my old Wilton pans are UG-LY from the dishwasher so I have been handwashing my FD pans (I have a few 9" ones) to make sure I don't ruin any more.

Normita Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:47pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

Can you really put Fat Daddio in the dishwasher? Really really? Ohhhh that is a selling point for me...all of my old Wilton pans are UG-LY from the dishwasher so I have been handwashing my FD pans (I have a few 9" ones) to make sure I don't ruin any more.




I have been doing this since day one. Unless they changed their pans, which I dont think so. I loooooove that I just plop in the dishwasher and there good to go. This also states they are dishwasher Safe

http://www.globalsugarart.com/cat.php?cid=819&s=&name=Fat%20Daddio's%20Cake%20Pans%20&%20Bakeware

Kitagrl Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 7:53pm
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Wow thanks, you just made my decision for me. hahaha.

I do have the 9" Fat Daddio's and like them so there we go. Dishwasher safe. Excellent. thumbs_up.gif

Normita Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 8:18pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

Wow thanks, you just made my decision for me. hahaha.

I do have the 9" Fat Daddio's and like them so there we go. Dishwasher safe. Excellent. thumbs_up.gif




Your welcome icon_smile.gif I was looking at my FD pans and honestly, they look fine, with the exception of one which looks a little discolored. But I'm ok with that. But like I mentioned earlier, do not place ML in dishwasher!! They will ruin them with just one wash.....will work fine....but definately ugly!!

Try washing one of your pans to see for yourself icon_smile.gif

Cupcakeboy85 Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 1:50am
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Are the wilton pans any good like the Decorator Preferred?

bobwonderbuns Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 2:20am
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The decorator preferred are very similar to the magic line pans. The other wilton pans aren't great at all.

Cupcakeboy85 Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 2:36am
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

The decorator preferred are very similar to the magic line pans. The other wilton pans aren't great at all.





What makes them not good?

tokazodo Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 2:45am
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Thanks guys!

I made a purchase last summer of 7inch pans for bd cakes. I went to a cake supply store in Ohio. (I live in N.C.) I saw some Fat Daddio's and made the purchase. I think I bought the 4 inch. I love the way the bake a layer, two, 7 inch round pan holds a cake mix nicely, and the layers come out very nice and tall. I like that look.
Ware and tear:
The cake pans have gotten a lot of mileage. I have used them in the dishwasher and they do well, but I prefer to hand wash the cake pans. It only takes a few minutes soaking in hot water and they clean up like new.

I will definitely check out the Magic Line though. My wedding cake set is needing some re-vamping.

Now another question: Why are cake pans measured in both odd and even numbers?

platinumlady Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 3:20am
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does anyone have the website to magic line? I tried to google it but only finding other merchants that may carry a few items...TIA

tokazodo Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 3:53am
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I put a first time order in with globalsugarart.com. I was very satisfied and had my order quickly.

They have magic line cake pans.

http://www.globalsugarart.com/cat.php?cid=1103&s=&name=MAGIC%20LINE%20Cake%20Pans%20and%20Bakeware

tryingcake Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 4:46am
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I end up using my standard 6-9 and 12" magic line, 2" high most. I own the entire contour set (I think Fat Daddio's, not sure). I own the all the hearts, ovals, rectangles and squares.

I think I use my 9" more than any, though.

I really like the quality of the Magic Line best. They are thicker, seem to bake more evenly and give me consistent results. I don't own any Wilton pans except, I think, three character pans.

Kitagrl Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 1:25pm
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Originally Posted by tokazodo

Thanks guys!

I made a purchase last summer of 7inch pans for bd cakes. I went to a cake supply store in Ohio. (I live in N.C.) I saw some Fat Daddio's and made the purchase. I think I bought the 4 inch. I love the way the bake a layer, two, 7 inch round pan holds a cake mix nicely, and the layers come out very nice and tall. I like that look.
Ware and tear:
The cake pans have gotten a lot of mileage. I have used them in the dishwasher and they do well, but I prefer to hand wash the cake pans. It only takes a few minutes soaking in hot water and they clean up like new.

I will definitely check out the Magic Line though. My wedding cake set is needing some re-vamping.

Now another question: Why are cake pans measured in both odd and even numbers?




I think with the odd numbers you have more variety as far as what you can put together, and also more variety of combinations of serving amounts.

jen3487 Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 6:27pm
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I have the Wilton pans. The major problem I have with them is that the sides are not straight and the cakes bake up and out, so I need to trim all my layers to ice them smooth. This is a huge pain, and they never turn out completely smooth. It is especially problematic for a large wedding cake because you waste a LOT of cake by trimming all of the layers.

I am looking for some new pans to invest in as well, as I have a square damask wedding cake to cover in fondant coming up. It needs to look crisp for this design to work, plus we are using a styrofoam bottom layer to have 5 layers total. I don't want to the bottom to look better than the rest of the layers!

It seems like Magic Line is coming out ahead for squares.

platinumlady Posted 13 Mar 2011 , 7:13pm
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I just realize I had a couple of magic line sheet pans...1/4 & 1/2 I got them locally but don't want to go back to her cause she has a huge mark up on her prices. I finally found a place online that markets excusively magic line pans...this way I can compare Magic Line & Fat Daddio.

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