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Cake rings help to bake cakes and pies, ensuring that none of the contents spill out. With their help, real masterpieces can be created. The rings come in different heights and sizes and are often even adjustable in width.

With our cake ring test 2021 we want to help you find the best cake ring for you. We have compared both adjustable and fixed cake rings and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Cake rings are perfect for making cakes with cream or fillings. The ring fits tightly around the cake and ensures that nothing spills out.
  • Adjustable cake rings are particularly popular at the moment, as they are versatile and can be used to bake cakes of different sizes.
  • The classic cake ring is round, but they now come in many different shapes. Among them are also square or heart-shaped. The latter are a big hit, especially on special occasions.

The Best Cake Ring: Our Picks

Cake rings: buying and review criteria

When buying cake rings, there are several criteria that you should consider and distinguish in order to make the best choice for you. These different aspects include:

Below we explain what the different criteria are and what you should look out for.

Height

The height of the cake rings varies. There are different models ranging from 4 cm to 15 cm. Depending on what kind of cake you want to bake, you have to decide which height suits you best.

Low cake rings are therefore good for simple fruit cakes that only consist of a cake base and a layer of fruit and gelatine. If you want to bake tall cakes with several layers of cream, you should go for a taller cake ring.

Shape

The classic cake ring is round. You can use this ring for any occasion. However, it is also available in many other shapes.

In addition to the round models, square models are also very popular.

Both square and rectangular cake rings can be used for cakes of all kinds and are particularly suitable if you want to bake a large cake for several people. For special occasions, such as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, heart-shaped cake rings are particularly good for making your loved one a special cake. A flower shape is also particularly suitable for a spring or summer themed cake.

Material

Cake rings come in a wide variety of materials. The most commonly used materials are:

  • Stainless steel
  • Silicone
  • Plastic

In the following table you can take a closer look at the different materials and make a decision.

Material special feature
Stainless steel dishwasher-safe and rustproof, long-lasting, easy to clean, oven-safe
Silicone very flexible and malleable, oven-safe and dishwasher-safe,
Plastic mostly transparent and dishwasher-safe, often not suitable for the oven,

Accessories

When buying a cake ring, there are often various accessories to choose from. Therefore, before you buy, think about which of them you will need most.

  • Clamping lever/handles
  • Spread plate
  • Base mould
  • Cake server

The handles are usually very practical for getting your cake from A to B. They are also usually ovenproof and you can easily attach them to the cake ring. They are also usually oven safe and you can simply leave them attached to the cake ring while your cake is baking or in the fridge.

The bottom mould can be very handy because you don't have to worry about your cake batter leaking out of the bottom of the ring.

The solid bottom mould keeps everything in place.

You don't necessarily need cake lifters and spreaders to bake your cake, but they do come in handy when you're decorating your cake.

Cake rings: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about cake rings. We have selected some questions for you and answered them below. After reading the guide, you will know all the essential information about cake rings.

What is a cake ring?

A cake ring is a great help when baking cakes and pies with multiple layers or fillings. It fits around the cake so that you can very easily smear cream on your baked goods without anything running.

If your cake ring is ovenproof, you can use it not only to decorate cakes but also to bake the pastry. It's best to line your ring with baking paper so that the liquid batter doesn't run out. The following video shows you the easiest way to do this.

What types of cake rings are there?

If you want to buy a cake ring, there are two options. Either you buy a scalable one, i.e. one that can be adjusted, or one that cannot be adjusted. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

The adjustable models are very popular nowadays. They are very practical because you only need one cake ring and can still bake cakes in different sizes.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Scalable Versatile, practical, easier to loosen Not so stable
Firm Stable Only one size, harder to loosen

The solid rings are usually a little thicker and more stable. However, you can only use them for cakes of the same size. So if you plan to bake different sized cakes, you'd better go for a scalable cake ring.

How much does a cake ring cost?

You can get cake rings for very little money. The regular price range is between €3 and €25. The price depends, among other things, on what the ring is made of and what shape and properties it has.

Smaller cake rings made of silicone or plastic are usually cheaper than rings made of stainless steel because they last longer and are more stable.

Models between €10 and €20 are usually totally fine and also have a certain lifespan.

What are the alternatives to a cake ring?

If you don't have a cake ring at hand but urgently need one, there are several alternatives to simulate a cake ring. For example, a normal springform pan can help you. Aluminium foil can also be a real lifesaver.

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A normal springform pan can also be used as an alternative to a cake ring.
(Image source: Malin Båtmästar/ Pixabay)

The following alternatives work, but are probably not a good solution in the long run because they are not very stable. Therefore, you might want to consider investing in a cake ring. You can often order them online for very cheap.

Alternative Function
Springform pan Take the rim of a springform pan and line it with baking paper. The springform pan is usually not as high as a cake ring, but it's fine for a layer of cream
Aluminium foil Fold the aluminium foil at least four times and form a ring.
Cardboard Fold a round frame of cardboard around your cake,

For which cakes do I use a cake ring?

You can use cake rings for any kind of cake. You can simply fill it with your cake batter and bake it in the oven as normal, as long as your cake ring is ovenproof.

However, they are mainly used to make cakes and pies with creams and fillings and then to store them in a cool place so that the layers can set. Simply pour the cream onto the cake and leave it in the fridge until it is firm and you can remove the cake ring.

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You can therefore use cake rings for almost any cake, such as fruit cakes, cheesecakes, cream cakes, buttercream cakes and much more. As soon as you have a liquid cream layer in your cake that needs some time to set, a cake ring is very helpful.

How do I remove a cake ring?

There are several tricks for removing a cake ring from your finished cake. Just try them out and decide what is easiest for you.

  • Sharp knife: Warm the blade of a sharp knife under hot water and then carefully cut around the edge of the cake to loosen the cake from the ring. Then you can loosen the cake ring or just pull it up, depending on the type of ring you have.
  • Grease and breadcrumbs: Before use, grease the cake ring with something greasy, preferably butter or margarine, and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. This will make the cake ring much easier to remove after baking.
  • Aluminium foil/baking paper: Line the inside of the cake ring with aluminium foil or baking paper. This way the pastry never touches the ring and cannot stick.

Conclusion

Cake rings are very practical when you want to bake, layer and decorate a cake. Before buying, think about which material you would prefer, as each has its advantages and disadvantages. Also be sure to note that not every material is suitable for the oven. A cake ring is a great investment for both beginners and professionals.

Scalable cake rings are particularly popular, as you can make cakes in different sizes with these rings, even though you only have one ring. With the help of a cake ring, you will definitely succeed in all your cheesecakes, cream cakes and cream fillings in the future without running out. Cake rings can often be found at low prices, so it's definitely worth buying one and trying it out.

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