Lower the heat when baking with dark-colored pans

One of the first lessons in fashion that I learned is that black clothes make you look smaller while white clothes make you look larger. Just a visual illusion, really, but people who are very conscious about appearing thinner than they really are live by that rule. Much as I’d like to appear thinner than I am, I’m not a big fan of black clothes except for formal wear. Why? Because black absorbs heat while white repels it. In a tropical country, white is a better choice unless you’re more concerned about looks than comfort.

The thing about black absorbing heat is also true for baking pans. Dark-colored pans make cakes, cupcakes or cookies bake faster so it is a good practice to lower the oven temperature by 25F. The normal baking temperature is 350F although some recipes do require a higher or lower temperature. When I use a dark colored baking pan, I set the oven temperature to 325F.

But what is a dark-colored baking pan? The traditional baking pan is made of aluminum. Modern baking pans are made of glass, silicone or metal with non-stick coating. I only apply the lower heat rule when using non-stick metal baking pan. With silicone pans, irrespective of the color, I stick to the usual temperature.

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That said, let me introduce you to my mini fluted tube pan. Six holes in a pan so a pan makes six single serve cakes.

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What’s a fluted tube pan? Regular tube pans are round pans with a hollow tube at the center. A fluted tube pan has fluted sides.

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My full-sized fluted tube pan is made of silicone and I love baking with it (see my tres leches cake and rum cake with limoncello). I also use it as a mold for my gelatin-based desserts (see cathedral’s window).

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I’ve always referred to my silicone fluted tube pan as a bundt pan not knowing that “bundt” is actually a brand and not the generic term for the fluted tube pan. Just like saying “Colgate” for toothpaste or “Kodak” for photographs. I wish that I could have mini fluted tube pans made of silicone but I haven’t been able to find any. Right now, I’m happy with my non-stick metal mini fluted tube pans which create such beautiful single-serve cakes.

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    • Connie says

      Yep, but I had mine with whipped cream and chocolate syrup! I mean the chocolate ones. The ones with blue frosting… they were baked on a different day. :)

  1. Maricel says

    I bought a couple of mini fluted silicone pans at the Landmark Kitchen section in Trinoma. They also come six holes to a pan. Each pan has 3 different designs.

  2. Jhazz says

    Hi Ms. Connie! It’s me again! I’m going to bake your most sinful cake tomorrow and thank goodness I google about using glass pan for baking. I found out that you have to lower the temperature for 25F(-4C) when using glass pan. But my problem is I have a La germania oven with a degree celcius and not farenheight. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko siya maitatapat sa -4celcius since wala naman nakalagay n ganun sa oven? Naguguluhan na ako. I googled it but I didn’t find the answer. Ang problem ko rin wala ako thermometer para sa oven. How much po kaya un? I hope you can help me.

    Thanks!

  3. Melissa says

    Thanks for the infor on the dark colored pan. I had remembered seeing this years ago and needed to confirm. That said, did you know that in my Mozilla browser your Index box (the place where your logo, “How To Bake” subtitle, favicons for linking and the index to your site) is frozen in place such that I can’t ready your entries unless I use the top line or two above it to see all the text ath is hidden “underneath. I found it so distracting that I wouldn’t use your site again unless it were addressed. I only mention this because your advertisers and readers alike may be experiencing the same problem. Hth. In fact, because this text is at the bottom of the page, I have know way of seeing 1/3 of what I write! Yikes!

    • says

      “did you know that in my Mozilla browser your Index box (the place where your logo, “How To Bake” subtitle, favicons for linking and the index to your site) is frozen in place”

      Yes, I am fully aware of that. It is called a STATIC header positioned on the left of the page. It’s meant to make the navigation visible at all times, despite scrolling.

      How To Bake is the site title, not a sub-title. The icons underneath are social icons, not favicons (favicon is what you see IN the browser bar) and the links below that are navigation links, not “index”.

      “I can’t ready your entries unless I use the top line or two above it to see all the text ath is hidden “underneath.”

      There is no “Mozilla” browser that has been updated in ages. Mozilla.org now only distributes Firefox. If you are using the old Mozilla browser, then, you may not be aware how outdated it is.

      This blog’s design is called “responsive.” Meaning, the arrangement of all elements in the page adjust according to the size and orientation of the screen on which it is viewed. That is the way to make it readable on mobile phones and tablets.

      The design has been tested on the Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Maxthon browsers, and it is IE compatible. I can’t vouch for OLD browsers and their OLD versions.

      If you are unable to read the text, it may be time to update and upgrade your browser.

      “I found it so distracting that I wouldn’t use your site again unless it were addressed.”

      Had you been more respectful, I might have checked around again. But with that kind of statement, it’s good riddance if you never come back.

  4. Melissa says

    I’m really sorry —- I had no idea, Re: There is no “Mozilla” browser that has been updated in ages. Mozilla.org now only distributes Firefox. If you are using the old Mozilla browser, then, you may not be aware how outdated it is.
    as I always update whenever they tell me to… I guess I better try another browser.

    Again, I am so sorry. I really was not trying to be disrespectful – just saying that I coudlnt’ rread anything and would probably not come back — nnot because the content but because the usability. Sorry!!!

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