Some cake pans and baking dishes have handles that make them easy to slide out of the oven when the baking time for your cake, casserole or other dish is up. Other pans have virtually no edge beyond a thin roll of metal at the top of the pan. It can be very difficult to get a good grip on these pans when pulling them out of the oven, especially when you’re wearing thick, chunky potholders that don’t give you a lot of flexibility of movement. I know that there have been many times when I’ve touched the top of a high-rising cake – deflating a small portion of it in the process – much too firmly with a mitt-clad hand in my attempts to get the pan out of the oven.
Occasionally, I’ve used tongs or a knife to slide the pan to a flat surface, such as a wire rack, that I can more easily lift it from. There is a gadget out there that is specially purposed for solving this problem, however. It’s called a Cake Pan Gripper (scroll down on the linked page to see it). The spring-loaded gripper is made of a heat resistant material and has what looks like a small lobster claw on the end. It fits over the vast majority of rolled-edge pans and gives you a very strong grip, enabling you to lift the cake out of the oven.
I still wouldn’t rely on this entirely with a very heavy cake, but you could still easily use it to grip the pan and pull it safely to a spot where you can take a better hold of it. No burns from the oven and no deflating the cake with a misplaced finger or edge of a potholder.