Any thoughts on this cake pan?

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    outsidethebox New Member

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    I am guessing that it is some incarnation of a springform pan, minus the spring. It appears to have a vertical slide in the front that should hold the two edges together. It is probably around 25 years old minimum. I have tried pushing and pulling to no avail. I don't know whether I should put it in a pot of boiling water to see if that loosens anything. Does anyone have any experience with this gadget?

    Thank you for any insight you can give.
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    ChesterV Well-Known Member

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    Yes, this is an old fashioned Angel Food Cake "quick release" pan.

    You turn the cake over in the pan, so it's upside down, and you slide the tab away, which is supposed to make it easier for the cake to be released.

    If the tab is stuck, then it may just be from age and never being used. I would not force this, as it can be broken.

    If you have a pot big enough to stick this in, to have it in boiliing water, then you can try it.
    If it's got years of cake batter baked into it, or it's stuck because of other kinds of buildup, it could be difficult to get free.

    If the boiling doesn't work, then you might try soaking the tab and seam with vegetable oil, coating it really well for about three days. Or, if you want, lay that part of the pan down inside another pan or container and then fill it up with the oil until the entire tab/seam is covered and leave it for a few days. Wash it off with hot soap and water, and then try to remove it.

    If you can remove it, then try and use an old toothbrush to scrub away the gunk.

    If not, then you might just leave it as is. There some OTC acids out there for aluminum that can dissolve the gunk thats built up, but I don't know what it will do to the metal.
     
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    outsidethebox New Member

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    Thank you so much. One further question - Can this also be used for a cheesecake instead of a springform pan?
     
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    ChesterV Well-Known Member

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    You can make a cheesecake in any kind of pan, you just have to know how to get it out of the pan....LOL.

    If the insert lifts out of the pan without having to use the tab, you should be able to just life out the cheesecake by pulling up the center ring. If the tab is still stuck, then you can still use it to make a cheesecake, you just have to be careful getting it out of the pan.

    Hope that helps.
     
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