The average vanilla or chocolate cake recipe can be adapted to fit pans of all different shapes and sizes, but once you have a pan selected, that is the only shape you’re going to get for that cake. This is assuming that something doesn’t go horribly wrong with the recipe, resulting in a cake that looks like a science experiment, of course. A bundt pan is going to give you a single pattern, a plain round cake pan is going to give you another. The fact that you’re stuck with the shape of your pan is what keeps people (including myself) from buying too many novelty pans that might only find a good use once or twice. But this is why I really like this Springform Cake Pan with Two Bottoms from Nordicware: it delivers two versatile pan designs for the price of one.
The set consists of a 9-inch springform ring with two interchangeable bases. One is a plain, flat base, the standard type that you see on springform pans. It is good for baking cheesecakes, tarts, coffee cakes and standard layer cakes. The second bottom is fluted ring that essentially turns that pan into a bundt pan. This offers you great versatility, especially if the space in your kitchen is limited and you don’t want to clutter it up with more pans than necessary.