How to Make Cheesecake Without Springform Pan

Mmm, cheesecake. I’m drooling at the thought. In my opinion, cheesecake is one of the most delicious and sophisticated desserts out there. 

Unfortunately, though, they can be a little complicated. And it only gets more difficult when you don’t have a springform pan to bring the cheesecake recipe to life.

Is a springform necessary for cheesecake, though? No. Although I admit that they make the job much easier (and you should consider buying one for the future), you don’t “need” it. You can use almost any other pan, but a 9×13 round pan, tart pan, or disposable tin foil pan works best. 

Hello! My name is Michelle, and my family and I are big cheesecake lovers. That said, we make cheesecake relatively often. While I have a springform pan at home, I have had to find ways to make cheesecakes at my mom’s house without this type of pan. Surprisingly, it’s not too tricky!

Let’s discuss how to make cheesecake without a springform pan.

How to Make Cheesecake Without a Springform Pan

Cheesecake can be tricky to make, so you might consider nixing the recipe if you don’t have the “proper pan.”

Well, although a springform pan will make cheesecake-baking much more straightforward, you don’t have to use one. Any other pan will work like a charm. 

You may need to adjust the baking time, though. For example, a shallower pan will bake faster, so you will cut down on the overall baking time, while a deeper one may be slower and require additional baking time.

So what are the springform pan substitutes? 

1. Round Cake Pan

If you want to stick with the traditional appearance of a cheesecake, you can’t go wrong with any kind of round pan. However, 9×13 round pans tend to be the best choice as you won’t have to fuss with baking times too much. 

When you use this type of pan, make sure to line it with parchment paper before baking. That way, you can simply pull the cheesecake out of the pan instead of trying to wiggle and jiggle it out. This will cut down on the potential for nix, cracks, and other undesirable mishaps.

2. Tart Pan

The best thing about using a tart pan as a springform pan replacement is that they are relatively similar. Each has a removable bottom, so you can ensure your cheesecake can be removed with ease.

The only potential issue is the decorative lining of the tart pan. While some may love the creative aesthetic, others might not. If you want a classic, clean-cut cheesecake look, you need to line the sides with tinfoil to hide the decoration.

3. Pie Pan

If you’re a pie lover that’s decided to try cheesecake for a change, you can still use your handy pie pan. Just keep in mind that pie pans are much shallower than other pans, so you will need to adjust the baking time.

Most pie pans also come with a decorative lining. Again, you can indulge in the added flare for your cheesecake or mask it with tinfoil. Regardless, line your pie pan with parchment paper to lift the cheesecake out quickly and effectively.

4. Muffin/Cupcake Pan

Do you love miniature treats as I do? There is something just so cute and convenient about handheld goodies – and yes, you can be successful making miniature cheesecakes in a muffin pan

5. Silicone Pan

Silicone pans are easy to bake with (Yes! silicone can go in the oven!), regardless of what type of treats you’re making. They’re especially great for cheesecakes, though, because their flexible shell allows for easy removal of the cheesecake.

While you can use silicone pans for baked cheesecake, they tend to work best with no-bake cheesecake recipes. Don’t worry – no-bake cheesecakes are incredibly simple, possibly more manageable than the baked version. Give them a try if you haven’t already!

6. Disposable Aluminum Foil Pan

The last best option for making a cheesecake without a springform pan is disposable cake pans. The benefit of using an aluminum foil pan is you can cut the edges off, exposing your picture-perfect cheesecake that’s ready for slicing.

Don’t want to buy any aluminum foil cake pans? You can make your own – as long as you have some aluminum foil at home. All you need to do is line aluminum foil inside a regular cake pan tightly, then pop it out and use it as a makeshift aluminum foil cake pan. Voila!

When you’re done baking your cheesecake inside the DIY pan, you can simply roll the sides down and remove the cheesecake or serve it on top of the remaining aluminum foil. Talk about easy-peasy, lemon squeezy (by the way, I love lemon cheesecake!).

FAQs

Springform pans are 100% handy for cheesecakes, but they aren’t essential – and now you know how to successfully make cheesecake without one! Here are some more questions you might want to know the answers to.

Can you bake a cheesecake in a regular cake pan?

Definitely! Just make sure you pay attention to the size and depth of the pan. Shallow cake pans will need less time, while deeper ones may require additional baking time. Your best option is to use a 9×13 cake pan. Line with parchment paper for easy removal.

How do you remove a cheesecake from a non-springform pan?

The best way to remove cheesecake from a non-springform pan is by lining it with parchment paper before baking and pulling it out gently. If you forget the parchment paper, you can wiggle it out with a flexible spatula – but be careful that it doesn’t break.

Can you use a glass pan for cheesecake?

A glass pan can be used for cheesecake, but you will want to reduce the oven temperature by 25F. Otherwise, your cheesecake may burn.

Final Words

A springform pan is the best choice for cheesecakes, but you can still be successful without one. The best option is to line a round pan with parchment paper. However, tart pans and disposable aluminum cake pans are excellent choices, too. 

How do you make your cheesecake without a springform pan? Share with us below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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