Chris - from Lorton, VA
A springform pan is a 2-piece pan designed so that the sides can be removed from the bottom. There is a round base and an interlocking band, usually 2-3 inches high; it opens and closes with the flick of a latch. The pan pieces are assembled for baking, then, once the contents have cooked and cooled, the band is opened and removed. Because the cake remains on the pan's base, the springform is perfect for delicate frozen confections, a flourless chocolate cake and both baked and non-baked creamy cheesecakes. They are designed for a firmer, less liquid batter, not for a regular cake mix which is thin and may leak from a springform pan.