With so many different choices of bakeware available on the market now, you may be wondering if you can bake a cake in a glass pan. Discover if baking in glass vs. metal affects the baking results.
Having a sweet tooth isn't easy. Craving a sweet treat can be irresistible, but sometimes having the right ingredients and a baking pan becomes an obstacle.
Have you ever tried to replace ingredients by experimenting with the baking outcome?
But nothing compares to the feeling of satisfaction when you play with different bakeware and end up with a delicious sweet treat.
Baking is a breeze using metal pans and recalculating recipe ingredients with this cake pan size calculator. But do you know that glass pans can also do the trick? Let's find out.
Can you bake a cake in a glass pan?
You can bake a cake confidently in glass bakeware, one of these trusty oven-safe glass dishes in the market.
But the safety of the glass pans in the oven depends on the pan material they are made of.
Borosilicate and tempered glass are heat-resistant and withstand sudden temperature changes, with borosilicate superior.
Different types of glass break in different ways. For example, borosilicate glass breaks into large glass chunks, while tempered glass - into multiple cube-shaped pieces.
Interestingly, while borosilicate glass is more resistant to thermal shock than tempered glass, the latter is more durable with accident dropping.
Soda-lime glass is a poor candidate for baking. It isn't that heat-resistant and doesn't tolerate rapid temperature shifts.
In addition, it can shatter into long, thin shards in the oven, messing up your bake and damaging the oven.
And if you have ever heard about exploding glass, this could happen with untempered soda-lime glass.
Baking cake in glass pan
If baking with glass dishes is oven-safe, have you ever wondered how to bake a cake in a glass dish? With an understanding of baking safety and some helpful tips, you can master this.
There is a single issue when baking a cake in a glass dish. Glass baking dishes heat slowly, but once heated, they retain that heat for longer.
So when baking with glass, you may discover that the sides and bottom of your cake become brown faster than the center of the cake.
All this means that you might end up with a more browned, burnt-looking cake.
So for the best baking results, you should lower your oven temperature by 25°F (about 15°C) than the recipe suggests.
For example, if your recipe states to bake the cake at 375°F, set the oven to 350°F instead.
Or, in Celcius, adjust the oven temperature to 325°C instead of the recommended 340°C in the recipe.
Always keep an eye on your cake baking with glass. Even with the reduced temperature, it might bake faster than the recipe suggests.
So it makes sense to check your bake for doneness 10 minutes before the baking time recommended in the recipe.
Baking in glass vs metal
Baking in glass has pros and cons. One of the main benefits of baking in glass pans is that glass is non-reactive, chemically, and odor-free.
Food doesn't react with the glass material compared with some metal pans. It means no risk of leaching harmful chemicals into the food with heating.
You can easily watch the baking in steps through the sides and bottom of the pan.
Glass pans tend to cook food slower than most metal pans. A glass pan heats up gradually, but once hot, it holds its temperature more steadily.
So when you bake a cake in a glass pan, the cake's sides and bottom brown faster than baked inside. That is why you should adjust the baking temperature with baking in glass.
Food served in a glass dish that works as an insulator stays hot for longer. Since glass keeps heat better than metal pans, isn't it an advantage for cooking and serving Brioche French Toast Casserole, lasagna, cobbler, and bread pudding?
In short, glassware is perfect for those bakes that require baking at low temperatures for a prolonged period.
However, glass baking dishes are breakable and sensitive to abrupt temperature changes. That is why you can't use glass pans under a broiler.
Metal pans are a good conductor of heat, so the food interior cooks more evenly. Metall bakeware withstands higher temperatures, making it perfect for roasting and broiling. It is used for making a classic Sponge Cake, cupcakes, and muffins.
Metal pans are made with different materials, from stainless steel or aluminum pans to cast iron pans. Interestingly, the color and coating of metal bakeware affect the baking results.
For example, dark-colored pans and matte metal bakeware heat up much faster than light-colored pans.
Choose a dark pan if you look for browning on the bottom and sides of your brownies. However, a light-colored metal pan provides even baking for your baked goods.
If you own a dark pan and your batch of brownies doesn't need a brown crust, lower the oven temperature by 25°F or about 15°C than recommended.
The downside of aluminum or unseasoned cast iron pans is their possible reaction with acidic ingredients. There is a risk of leaching food with a trace of metal, giving the food a metallic flavor.
Safety tips for baking in glass
It might sound obvious to bake and treat your glass bakeware with care, but let's list a few simple tips:
- When buying, look for an oven-safe symbol or Pyrex logo items on the bottom of glass items, or read the manufacturer's instructions.
- Check if the glassware has chips or blisters that weaken the glass, making it susceptible to breakage. If your glass baking dish has chipped during use, discard it.
- Avoid stacking hot glass dishes out of the dishwasher. Let them cool first, then take them away. If you want to stack glass dishes together, place a cloth or at least a paper towel in between.
- Don't place a glass pan directly on a hot oven rack. It causes rapid temperature change and may break the glass. Instead, put your dish on a baking sheet at room temperature before transferring it to the preheated oven.
- Make sure to preheat the oven first before placing your glass bakeware inside. Due to temperature shifts, while preheating, the glass can shatter.
- Don't place a hot glass plate straight from the oven onto a cool surface, including a kitchen countertop or a damp towel. Preferably, put it on a dry kitchen towel or a cooling rack.
- Avoid any situations that create thermal shock: don't bring a glass dish from the fridge or freezer straight to the oven, and vice versa, don't wash the hot plate with cold water, etc.
- Never use glass bakeware over direct heat, for example, on the stovetop, under the broiler, in a toaster oven, or on a grill.
- Avoid exposure to extremely high heat - 425°F (218°C) and above.
- Always handle the glass dish with dry oven mitts. Being wet, they can burn your hands.
It would be a good idea to check the oven temperature with an oven thermometer to ensure it is accurate.
The best glass bakeware
Due to high heat and thermal shock resistance, you can always count on borosilicate and tempered glass bakeware for your baking projects.
While the popular choice - European PYREX®, is safer, it is more expensive than its American cousin - pyrex® glassware. Read more about the difference between PYREX® and pyrex®.
You will want to stock up your kitchen with different baking equipment, including glass round cake pans, a glass loaf pan, a glass cake container, a large glass dish, etc.
Here is a list of my favorite glass dishes:
- Pyrex glass baking dish
- Pyrex oven dish
- Borosilicate glass baking dish set
- Borosilicate glass pie plate with a lid
- 3-piece glass bakeware set
- 3-quart glass baking dish
If watching the food through the bottom of your dish doesn't matter, look for ceramic bakeware. Nowadays, most ceramics are oven-safe and affordable to buy.
Finally, if you are looking for durable bakeware to last for years, stable for high temperatures and thermal shock, invest in metal bakeware (an aluminum pan, iron cast, or stainless still pans).
Choosing the right pan is one of the secrets to making a moister cake.
Baking in glass is an exciting baking experience if you follow the manufacturer's guidelines and safety precautions.
The standard advice is to decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit or about 15 degrees Celcius below recommended.
Also, check your cake for doneness using a toothpick or a cake tester 10 minutes earlier than the recipe instructions suggest.
You can bake in oven-safe glass bowls, such as borosilicate or tempered-glass Pyrex dishes. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions.
You can safely bake in a glass pan if labeled oven safe. With baking in glass, reduce the oven temperature by 25°F (about 15°C) below your recipe indicates and increase the baking time by 10 minutes.
You can bake bread in a glass pan by reducing the oven temperature by 25°F (about 15°C) that the recipe suggests and increasing the baking time by 10 minutes.
Bake brownies in a 9×13 pan at 325°F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes clean. With baking brownies in a glass pan, lower the oven temperature by 25°F (about 15°C) than the recipe indicates and increase the baking time by 10 minutes.