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Updated: 7 Jan 2022

Best cake tins

We tested cake tins from Argos, John Lewis & Partners, Lakeland, Le Creuset and more, to find out which tin bakes a perfect cake and is durable as well as easy to clean
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford

A cake tin is an essential piece of equipment for baking, but they can vary in price and cost from £3 up to £30. We wanted to know whether it's worth investing in a pricier tin to make sure you get the best cakes.

In November 2021, we compared nine round 20cm cake tins from John Lewis & Partners, Le Creuset, Lakeland and more, to see if you can still get delicious, moist and fluffy cakes without breaking the bank. 

We looked at build quality and durability, as well as the effectiveness of the non-stick coating and how easy each one was to use. Find out which we recommend below. 

We originally tested 10 cake tins, but since then one was discontinued.

Pricing and availability last checked 7 January 2022.


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The best cake tins from our test

Only logged-in Which? members can view the full test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see the list in alphabetical order. 

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AnyDay John Lewis & Partners Non-Stick Sandwich Cake Tin

AnyDay John Lewis & Partners Non-Stick Sandwich Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £3 available from John Lewis (out of stock)

Weight: 125g

Key features: Dishwasher-safe

This cake tin from the John Lewis & Partners AnyDay range is cheap, simple and is claimed to be non-stick. 

In our tests, we bake a cake without greasing or lining the tin to test this non-stick coating. 

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Argos Home Pack of 2 Round Sandwich Cake Tins

Argos Home Pack of 2 Round Sandwich Cake Tins

Cheapest price: £9 available from Argos

Weight: 260g each

Key features: One-year guarantee

This set from Argos is a simple and affordable option if you want two loose-based cake tins to make a classic Victoria sponge.

How did they compare to pricier tins?

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ASDA George Home Extra Deep Cake Tin

Asda George Home Extra Deep Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £3.50 available from Asda

Weight: 320g

Key features: Five-year guarantee, dishwasher-safe

This simple loose-based cake tin from Asda's George range has extra deep sides.

In theory, this should protect your cake's top from getting burnt or going crispy. 

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Lakeland PushPan Loose Based Cake Tin

Lakeland PushPan Loose Based Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £11.99 available from Lakeland (stock due in February)

Weight: 287g

Key features: Three-year guarantee

This loose-based cake tin from Lakeland is one of the more expensive tins in our test.

It has an extra ring of rubber that's meant to give you more control when pushing the baked cake out. 

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Le Creuset Non-Stick Springform Cake Tin

Le Creuset Non-Stick Springform Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £21.30 available from Amazon. Also available from Le Creuset, John Lewis

Weight: 510g

Key features: Lifetime guarantee

This springform cake tin from Le Creuset is described as having a high-performance, non-stick coating that will easily release your cake.

It's six times the price of the cheapest in our test, but it does come with a lifetime guarantee.

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MasterClass Non-Stick Cake Tin with Loose Base

MasterClass Non-Stick Cake Tin with Loose Base

Cheapest price: £10.53 available from Amazon

Weight: 493g

Key features: 20-year guarantee, dishwasher-safe

This loose-based cake tin has has a springform clasp, which should make it easy to remove your cakes intact.

Find how easy it is to use and clean, and whether we recommend buying it.

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Prestige Inspire Carbon Steel Non-Stick Round Springform Cake Tin

Prestige Inspire Carbon Steel Non-Stick Round Springform Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £10.49 available from Prestige

Weight: 520g

Key features: 25-year guarantee, dishwasher-safe

This 20cm springform cake tin from Prestige is described as having a premium non-stick interior to ensure removing the cake is effortless.

We put this to the test by baking cakes without greasing or lining the tin first. We also gave it a thorough clean afterwards.

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ProCook Non-Stick Springform Tin

ProCook Non-Stick Springform Tin

Cheapest price: £9 available from ProCook

Weight: 436g

Key features: 10-year guarantee, dishwasher-safe

This is described as having a superior double-layered coating.

We tested the durability of each tin by washing them with wire wool and scratching it with a metal spatula. 

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Wilko Shotblast Round Cake Tin

Wilko Shotblast Round Cake Tin

Cheapest price: £6.50 available from Wilko

Weight: 344g

Key features: 10-year guarantee, dishwasher-safe

Wilko says this round cake tin needs little or no greasing when you're baking with it.

But were we able to remove the cake from the tin, or did it get stuck and rip apart? 

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Do you need to grease and line a cake tin?

To our surprise, we found that there were a few non-stick cake tins in our selection that worked perfectly fine without greasing or lining with greaseproof paper. 

That being said, we always recommend you do this, as the last thing you want is to have it fall apart due to it sticking to the base or sides.

Also, as we've found in our research that even the best non-stick coatings degrade over time, especially if you clean it in your dishwasher, or use wire-wool or a scratchy sponge to wash it.

What type of cake tin is best?

Cake tins come in a variety of shapes, sizes and even have various methods to help you get the cake out more easily. 

In our test, we looked at the following types:

  • Solid tin This is shaped with no extra features. 
  • Loose base These have a loose base, as the name suggests, which you can push up to get the cake out. Be careful when doing this, though, if the tin is still hot.
  • Springform This type has a clasp that can be released to expand the diameter of the tin and free the base. Cake mix can get stuck in the ridge where the pan sits, though, so they take a bit more effort to clean.

After completing these tests and working with all those in our selection, our researchers said springform tins were generally the easiest to use to get great results. 

How we tested cake tins

How we chose the cakes we tested

To find you the best cake tins, we put our selection through the following series of tests:

Build quality

To begin, our researchers examined each of the cake tins, checking the quality of welds and joins, looking for any manufacturing flaws and any other issues.

The best in our test were well-crafted, smooth, and had mechanisms that worked well and felt durable.

Some of the worst had rough edges, warped sides and other manufacturing flaws.

Ease of use

To test how easy they are to use, our researchers used each one to bake two cakes, and made notes and observations on how easy it was to get the cakes out undamaged. 

We found the best had smooth working parts, which made getting the sponges out very easy, while the worst ones could leave you looking at a pile of crumbs.

Non-stick

To test the non-stick coating, we baked a cake without greasing or lining the tin first. 

Each cake was prepared using the same ingredients in exact quantities and baked on the same shelf in an oven for an identical amount of time.

While we don't recommend you do this at home, the best worked just as well without greaseproof paper or the grease from butter or margarine.

Baking when greased and lined

For this test, we used each tin again to bake a cake, but this time they were lined and greased. 

We used the same type and quantity of margarine and greaseproof paper for each one, and the cakes were baked in the same oven for the same amount of time. 

Burning and evenness of cooking

In this test, we examined each cake we baked to see if they were crispy at all and to make sure they had properly cooked through. 

Washing

After each tin was used to bake a cake it was washed in eight litres of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of washing-up liquid. We washed each one twice for this test. 

Most of them were easy to wash, but some needed a bit more care due to their design as baked cake mix was stuck in the grooves and indents.

Durability

We conducted two tests on each cake tin to test its durability. 

In the first, we washed each one with a ball of wire wool, and in the second we ran the edge of a metal spatula up and down the base of the tin 10 times.

The best suffered breezed through these tests, showing few scratches or gouges, but the worst were torn up and unusable by the time the test was over.

How we chose the cakes we tested

The cake tins needed to be 20cm (8 inches) diameter round tins, as this is what is most commonly asked for in recipes. 

They also needed to be sold by at least one leading UK retailer.