How To Prepare A Springform Pan For Cheesecake 

How To Prepare A Springform Pan For Cheesecake: Guide

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Lori Walker

Mastering the knack of crafting the perfect cheesecake takes **practice and patience**. The journey begins by prepping a **reliable springform pan**. I vividly recall my early baking days, when my cheesecakes often got stuck or **developed cracks**.

It wasn’t until I mastered the art of prepping the pan that things changed.

Let’s see how to prepare a springform pan for cheesecake and prevent this leaking.

4 Steps to Prepare a Springform Pan for Cheesecake

Hand Holding Sprinform Pan

1. Test the Band to Ensure the Base Will Not Fall

A springform pan is commonly used for baking cakes, quiches, mousses, and cheesecakes [1].

It is a bakeware pan with a removable base and sides, allowing bakers to remove their baked goods without inverting or lifting the pan like usual. 

“Before you dive into that creamy cheesecake dream, learn the art of springform pan prep – it’s the key to a flawless slice!”

– Leonelli Bakery

Various springform pans are available in the market, but you must check the reviews or ratings before choosing one. Choose a pan with a tight, strong seal to avoid ruining your baked cheesecakes. 

Buying a product that is not manufactured well will only cause a leaky mess in your oven and kitchen. But is it okay to use olive oil to grease a pan?

2. Assemble the Springform Pan

A springform pan has two pieces that can be separated by releasing a clamp. Since the texture of a cheesecake is more of a custard than cake, this pan makes it easier to remove the cheesecake after baking it.

However, if the pan is not secured, the base can fall off, or the pan can start leaking. Although you can use aluminum foil to prevent leaking, it would still not be enough to bake cheesecake properly. 

Secure the bottom of the ring and the base of the springform pan, then close the clamp. Prepare a larger pan to place the springform pan on later.

Find out if you can put aluminum pans in the oven here.

3. Add Grease & Flour to the Pan

Before putting in the graham cracker crumbs, ensure that you have already greased the bottom and sides of the springform pan. Some springform pans come with non-stick coating, but greasing is an extra step to ensure the easy removal of the cheesecake later on. 

Melted butter or cooking spray are great options for greasing, ensuring that you would not damage your cheesecake’s appearance after the long process of baking it. 

Moreover, adding grease and flour is also required in some cheesecake recipes. Remember to grease the pan in the sink when using cooking spray to avoid a slippery floor.

4. Line Parchment Paper for Extra Non-Stick Insurance

For extra non-stick insurance, use parchment paper to line the bottom of your springform pan. You can start by unlocking your pan, removing the base, and placing the parchment paper above it. Cut the paper but make it at least one inch bigger than the base. 

You can also cut a smaller circle than the base of the springform pan and place it inside without releasing the base. 

It depends on you which one is more convenient, but our team prefers the first option. You can also line the sides with stripes of parchment paper, but most of the time, greasing would be enough. 

How to Keep Springform Pan from Leaking

You can prevent the springform pan from leaking by placing it in a slightly larger baking pan before putting it in the water bath. The extra moisture that would come out from the pan would evaporate inside the oven.

Ensure the water level is slightly above half the pan’s height. Although heavy-duty aluminum foil is the usual remedy, it is not the perfect solution for thinner batters.

Check out these quick ways to remove cheesecake from the springform pan here.

Is it Necessary to Grease Springform Pan for Cheesecake?

Springform Pan on a White Table

No, it is not always necessary to grease your springform pan to bake cheesecake, especially if it has a non-stick coating. 

“Cheesecake really is worth making from scratch, and an amazing pan makes it even easier.”

– Rachel Knecht, Writer 

However, some recipes would call for it, and removing the cheesecake from the pan would be easier after cooling it. Find out if an 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan is better for baking here.

Tips & Tricks When Preparing Springform for Cheesecake

  • Check the springform pan before using it and ensure it is assembled correctly. 
  • The base might fall off the springform pan, so test the clamp to see if it latches securely to avoid a leaky mess or ruined cheesecake. 
  • Grease the base and sides of the springform pan for easier removal of your cheesecake after baking.
  • An aluminum foil can help prevent your springform pan from leaking, but not always. 
  • A water bath ensures an extra-creamy cheesecake by letting it bake more slowly and evenly [2]. When doing this step, place the springform pan in a larger baking pan.

Also Read: How Long Is The Shelf Life Of Cheesecake Factory’s Cheesecake?


How do you keep the cheesecake from sticking to the bottom of the springform pan?

Use a cooking spray or butter to grease the springform pan and prevent the cheesecake from sticking to the bottom of it. You can also use parchment paper to be more sure. 

But how long does cheesecake need to cool before being put in the fridge?

Can you bake in a springform pan?

Yes, you can bake in a springform pan. Close the ring and grease the springform pan before using it like any other.  Find out if you can bake a cheesecake without a springform pan here.

What are the substitutes for parchment paper for a springform pan?

You can use aluminum foil as a substitute for parchment paper. Cover the springform pan’s base with aluminum foil before pouring the mixture. 

In Conclusion

Springform pans range from 6 to 12 inches in diameter and are traditionally used for making delicate cheesecakes. It has a removable ring and base, making it seem like complicated bakeware. 

But it is easy to use, and you can lock the base and ring in place by closing the clamp. Ensure that you grease your pan every time before using it to remove the cheesecake after baking easily.


Lori Walker

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