Good Use and Care of Bakeware

December 23rd, 2009 by Desiree Smith

Having quality pans is an asset for any baker and taking good care of the bakeware will ensure that your pans continue to provide superior results for a long time.  Here are some tips on the use and care of bakeware:

Prior to first use, wash your bakeware in warm soapy water and rinse well after removing the label and any adhesive used to make the label stay in place.

Baking a Round CakeI make sure I have something in my pan if it’s in the oven and the oven is turned on. My Mother likes to put cookie sheets in the oven for drying. I don’t because I may turn the oven on to preheat and forget the pans are inside. Dry baking is not a good idea for your pan.

Avoid using sharp knives to cut in non stick pans or you’ll get scratches in them. Performance is still good, but they don’t look as attractive.

If I’m baking cookies, I use parchment paper between baking batches so I don’t have to remove any crumbs or sugars before the next batch. It makes clean-up very easy.

Avoid letting baked goods sit in the pan too long. Allow them to cool and then remove the item from the pan so they don’t stick……a better baking hint. I like to wash my pans after they have cooled. If the pan is still hot when you try to wash it in cold water you might get warping if the metal is on the thin side. I don’t have that problem with my Wilton pans, but I did before I converted. I use warm, soapy water and a sponge to wash all of my pans. I do not use an abrasive pad.

I don’t put my metal pans in the dishwasher. Aluminum that has been placed in the dishwasher can discolor. It’s still usable but not always as attractive as it was before its exposure to dishwashing detergent which can be strong and abrasive. Silicone multi cavity pans and muffin pans can go in the dishwasher. I try to make sure most of the crumbs are removed prior to loading in the dishwasher. I’m also careful not to bang my pans on the stove or countertops.

Make sure your pans are totally dry prior to storage. To save space in your kitchen, do what I do….stack all cookie sheets and cookie pans. Smaller ones fit inside or on top the larger ones. Depending on the type of bakeware you have, some rounds, squares, and 13 x 9 pans will stack inside others while the straight sided versions stack but not inside each other. This will sound funny but I put my Dimensions® cast aluminum pans in pillowcases on shelves out in the garage. They stay dust free and if my husband puts something on top of them, they’re protected. You could also use paper plates or paper towels.

I try to take good care of my baking pans because I know if I do, they will last me a very long time.

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

44 Replies

  1. Debbie Wronker says:

    I love you ideas about washing your pans I wash mine the same way. I have been baking and decorating cakes for over 15 years. I am teachering my granddaughter how to bake and decorate cakes, cookies and cupcakes and even making candy with me, she only 6 years old and can decorate a great looking cake I been baking with her from the age of 2 and she learning about cleaning up the right way. What ever I can teach her she wants to learn she got a talant already
    I plan to open my own shop selling Wilton supplies and I hope to teach decorating and candy making also.
    I love reading everything from the comments

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  3. Cindy Butts says:

    I am trying to find out how much batter and the cook time for an 11x15x2 pan.

    • lisa says:

      find out how much water it takes to fill the pan about 2/3 full, that is your amount of batter needed. If you are using a box mix,(and there is nothing to be ashamed of if you are, my best tasting cakes have often come out of a box) each box mix is right about 5 cups. so you can easily figure out how many mixes you will use. I use 2 box mixes for a 13×9 and I get a nice almost perfect 2″ layer.


      this causes them to bake slower, and eliminate the wasteful HUMP in the middle casued by the outer edges cooking too fast & forcing the cake to rise 3 inches in the center. Just watch your cooking time, be sure to turn your pan for even more level baking and you will have well baked, nice even layers that usually just need a bit trimmed of the top to make a perfect level.

      you can use the strips they sell to create the same effect, they simply cool the sides of the pan so it bakes evenly. lowering your oven temperature does the same.

      Also, put a half full pan of water in your oven to see how level it is inside. most oven have feet that can be turned to level out the shelves. but getting to know your oven & realizing it’s a bit off level will help you even more, just turn your cake layers about 15 minutes into baking, earlier if they are smaller. this will help them stay level before they have baked too much & one side is already “set” in it’s way.

  4. Suzanne Galazka says:

    My large baking pan has been “dry baked”. Is there any way to clean it now? I’ve tried soaking in hot soapy water, “teflon-safe” scouring pad, to no avail. Just got the pan for Christmas and am afraid I’ll have to ask for another this Christmas. Can this pan be saved?

    • Nancy Siler says:

      You didn’t say if your pan was aluminum but it sounds like it is. If it is aluminum, it may be discolored however it will still function just as it did prior to the dry bake….it just doesn’t look as pretty and new.

      • Phyllis B. says:

        I had a similar problem. We baked a sweet potato casserole in a 13x9x2 non-stick Wilton pan. After serving them, I popped it back in the (still) hot oven to keep it warm. The areas we served from that were “exposed” became brown and I’m afraid to use anything too harsh to get the stains out. Is it alright to try Easy-Off or similar product?

  5. Pat Fawcett says:

    Do I need to spray my fluted tube pan before I use it each time. This is the first Wilton fluted pan I have ever had. I was given another brand for Christmas and I could never get the cakes from it. they stuck and were all tore apart by the time I got them out. In desperation I tried everything. Spray, oil, flour nothing worked. Well it got threw out finally and for my birthday I was given a Wilton and I want to do it right. Is it safe to use anything it or does it even need anything.
    Thank You

    • Nancy Siler says:

      I really like to spray “everything” as insurance for easy release and clean-up. If you have a regular fluted tube, just spray with vegetable pan spray every time you bake. The Wilton Bake Easy product is good to use.

      If you are using the Wilton Dimensions Cast Aluminum fluted pans you should spray with vegetable pan spray that has flour in it everytime you bake. The Wilton Cake Release product is quite good and does contain flour.

  6. Sally Zalud says:

    I recently purchased a muffin pan. The instructions do not say if you need to spray the pan with coating spay. Please let me know. Thank you

    • Emily Tatak says:

      Is the new muffin pan a non-stick pan or an aluminium pan? Just in case I like to spray all my pans (non-stick or aluminium) with a little cooking spray and lightly wipe it with a paper towel; this way there is no pooling. If you are using baking cups you do not need to spray your pan. Hope this helps!

  7. Patti Price says:

    I just purchased a Wilton scalloped cookie pan and made my first batch of cookies today. I love the pan but am not crazy about the recipe. Is there anywhere I can find other recipes that will work in that pan?

  8. shirley says:

    I have a vintage Mickey Mouse Pan that I just put in my dishwasher. I am so upset. It came out chalky looking and it has lost its luster. On the outside of the pan, it seems as though some of this chalky stuff can be rubbed off, but the inside looks a dull “chalky white” Is there anything I can use to bring back the shine? I would appreciate a response. Shirley, Massachusetts

    • Emily Tatak says:

      Unfortunately once you dish wash an aluminium pan there is nothing you can do to get that shine back. Dish washing causes oxidation of the metal giving it that chalky white appearance. Although it does not look as nice there is no performance issue or hazard as a result of the oxidation. Just give it a thorough hand washing before using it again.

  9. Nidhi Shah says:


    I recently got a Wilton non stick 6 piece bakeware. I am very new to baking so I just made my first batch of granola bars by greasing the pan with light olive oil and also used parchment paper. But unfortunately my pan is stained after baking. I tried washing it as per your instructions but of no use. Please help me to get my old new shiny pan back.

    I would also appreciate if I get tips on how to use a non stick pan for baking to prevent stains.

    Thank you.

    • Emily Tatak says:

      I’m sorry to hear your pan stained! Out of curiosity, what type of granola bars did you make? It is very surprising that there would be staining through the parchment paper. Normally once a pan stains there isn’t much that can be done to remove the stain. After time and multiple washes there is a chance the stain will fade. And I know it does not look as pretty but the pan will still function the same, despite the discoloration.
      Some tips for the future would be to make sure your pans are completely clean and use parchment paper or a baking cup as a barrier. Unfortunately, sometimes certain foods like cherries or chocolate chips will just stain a light pan.

      • Nidhi Shah says:

        Thank you for the suggestion. I just saw the recipe on youtube for making the granola bars, it mentioned greasing the pan and then placing the parchment paper. Is it not the correct way?
        I was curious to know if bake a pizza then I would just need to dust the pan with some flour at the bottom, I fear that even that would cause burnt marks of the flour used for dusting. Is there an other way to avoid stains.

        • Emily Tatak says:

          It is fine to grease the pan then line it with parchment paper. I also like to do that because it helps hold the parchment paper in place.
          As far as baking a pizza, you can put a little cornmeal or lightly spray your pan with vegetable baking spray, but you should not have any issues removing a pizza from a non-stick pizza pan.
          Unfortunately, stains are just a natural occurrence with light non-stick bakeware. If you’d like, you can call into our customer service line and they can help you. Make sure to have a picture of your stained pan for them to look at. The Wilton customer service number is 1-800-794-5866.

        • a says:

          I know you asked the question long ago, but to answer you, and warn others, it was most likely NOT the granola bars, but the olive oil you used to grease the pan-it has a tendency to turn into almost “glue” like substance in this circumstance! As I have had that happen before, with olive oil! Better to use nothing if using parchment paper. Wilton non-stick generally doesn’t need oiling.

  10. Elaine Smith says:

    I have new Wilton nonstick baking pans that are stained after using them. I has them lined with foil, so no oil or food touched them. I hand washed them, but the stains are still there. What can I do, or is this the nature of your nonstick pans? If so, I am very disappointed in their quality.

    • Emily Tatak says:

      What did you bake on your pans? Like I mentioned above, some foods (like red sauce, cherries, chocolate chips, etc) tend to stain pans. The stains might fade after washing but remember that the pans will still work the same, they just don’t look new anymore. If you’d like you can contact our customer service line and they can help you. The Wilton customer service number is 1-800-794-5866.

  11. GAYLEN COX says:

    I just baked muffins in paper liners in my Wilton non-stick aluminum pan and the color from the liners stained my pan. Is there something that will remove the stain? The liners were striped but only the red stripe stained.

  12. Lisa says:

    I purchased a Wilton meat loaf pan at least 15-20 years ago.

    The packaging included a recipe for the best meatloaf I have ever eaten in my whole life. I have no idea what I did with the recipe. If anyone has a recipe from around that time would they please post it on here for me. I would love to make it for my parents.

  13. Wendy says:

    Can you tell me why my muffins always stick in my non-stick muffin tins? Someone told me that you don’t need to spray them with cooking spray as they’re non-stick———but it doesn’t matter if I spray, don’t spray, use Crisco or just leave them plain, 0———everything sticks and I’m so fed up with them, they just might end up in the garbage!

  14. Gail says:

    My non-stick loaf pans have started refusing to let go of my bread. Is there anything I can do?

  15. Karen Pritchard says:

    I received the dark bread loaf pans as a gift. I am used to using lighter aluminum pans. The bread crust got very brown at 350 degrees. Are darker pans supposed to be used at less temperature than the recipe calls for or cook for a shorter period of time?

  16. Sunnie Elsey says:

    I recently purchased an 8 well mini loaf pan..i am pleased enough with the pan, but the 4 lNels or whatever you want to call them were quite firmly in place and while I managed to get them outk of the pan, it is all over my fingers and will not come off. It is like super glue..not like rubber cement..this stuff is horrible. I am hoping it will wear off.

  17. Maureen says:

    The white cookie sheets have dark stains on them. My daughter burned some cookies on them, would this stain them?

  18. Mark Brink says:

    I have a 15X11 double thickness Wilton pan (with the air between the layers) and the coating is flaking off. It started the first time I used it. I no longer have the receipt so cannot take it back to Target and they no longer carry it either. Can I just scrape the remaining coating off and use it safely?

  19. Cathy says:

    I have 2 pizza pans, 2 large cookie sheets and I’m throwing them all away! My pizza’s got so stuck I had to destroy them to get them off the pan! My crescent rolls left permanent marks on the pan and with repeated use just became worse to the point that a sticky oil residue built up in the corner of the pan.

    I’m off to buy the old fashioned traditional pans.

  20. Rhall says:

    I have an aluminum cupcake pan. I used spray oil before cooking egg and cheese muffins, but they stuck. Do I need to do something to the pan?

  21. Campbell says:

    I just purchased Wilton 6donut pan. I sprayed with cooking spray thefirst time andCrisco the next in both cases the donuts stuck. I always spray my non stick pans and never had a problem. Can’t figure out what to do next.. please advise

  22. Larry Weaver says:

    I like how you mentioned using parchment paper when baking cookies. That’s something I haven’t ever thought of doing, and my family likes to bake cookies at least once a week. We’ll have to start using parchment paper to better take care of bakeware.

  23. Adrienne Thornton says:

    I have two baking pans that I bought at the same time, have cooked the same things in, and cleaned in the same manner. One is peeling and flaking majorly! Every time I try to use it, it gets worse and worse even when using foil to protect the pan. Is the pan just toast and I need to toss it? Or can it be saved?

  24. Regina Phalange says:

    Can I put my cake pans in the Microwave?

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Regina,
      Metal items should never be placed in the microwave. Silicone bakeware would be acceptable, but you cannot put metal cake pans in the microwave.

  25. Bryna says:

    I recently bought a Wilton 8 inch aluminium cake pan.But unfortunately some scratches are in the pan …is it safe to bake cake in it ??

  26. Elaine says:

    How do you clean the springform pans properly? There’s bits of cake stuck in the groove where the bottom pan goes and I can’t reach it even with a toothpick 🙁 Please help!

  27. EL Mehdi says:

    This is very helpful, Today will be my first time to try bake cookies. I’ll keep your advices in mind while I bake and will surely let you know how it goes. Altho I’m a bit worried xD since the whole family will get to taste my cookies

  28. Maria says:

    My wilton pans have turned into a brownish colour similar to rust after cooking vegetables on them for some time. I have washed them thouroughly but the brownish colour is still there. Is it sFe to keep using them?

  29. Kim says:

    I have a Wilton that is not laying flat. Is there an idea how to get it back to not have a warp. It is a good heavy cake pan.

    Thank you

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