The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. A good cake pan can make or break your baking experience. If you decide to skimp on bakeware, you might end up with a pan that rusts, warps, or burns the batter you carefully prepared. On the other hand, when you buy one of the many excellent cake pans in our guide, you can look like a pro with minimal effort. For me, the right pans have made baking with my preschooler that much more enjoyable for both of us. In this guide, we help you find the best cake pan, whether it’s round, square, or rectangular. There are a wide variety of cake pans, but for the purposes of this guide, we are going to focus on traditional, flat-bottomed, high-sided metal pans. So here, we will not cover Bundt pans, springform pans, baking sheets, baking dishes, or muffin tins  — You’ll have to check out our other guides for those pieces of bakeware. The best cake pans are made of metal, specifically aluminum or aluminized steel. Aluminum is the best material for baking the perfect cake because it distributes heat quickly and evenly. W...