Which brand of baking pans do you like the most or would recommend?
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Actually, Wilton Decorator Preferred, LloydsPans [lloydpans.com], and Bakery Craft also make perfectly fine, straight cornered/edge pans. The heavier the gauge, the better.
I also prefer the older versions of all of those pans, when I can find them--the metal is sturdier than brand new ones.
I definitely second MB and Morgan. The few Wilton pans I have are very lightweight, so perhaps, as Maybenot said, if they were a heavier gauge they would bake a bit better.
So, I'm baking cake tonight and thought I'd take a quick picture to illustrate (you know, because I don't feel like washing dishes yet and my 2nd batch of cakes are still in the oven- LOL). I have two 8 inch pans, one a Wilton and one Magic Line. I'm slowly replacing my Wiltons but haven't quite gotten there yet. Anyway, the cake on the right was baked in the Magic Line and the cake on the left was baked in a Wilton pan. As you can see, the Magic Line gives really nice straight lines and a sharp edge. The Wilton pan, not as much. It's a bit more rounded. I used Bake Even strips (which I love) so they are roughly the same height but quite different around the edges. So, why does it matter? Because when I got to torte, fill, stack, and frost my cake, I'm probably going to have to work a bit harder to get them nice and even. I find using Magic Line consistently makes that process a bit easier.
Anyway, I hope this helps
The sets of Wilton pans that you find at Michael's and Joanne--round, oval, petal, hex, etc.--are generally NOT the Wilton Decorator Preferred pans--they are Wilton Performance. The Performance pans don't have very crisp edges and they are a thin gauge.
Walmart does carry a set of round DP pans: http://www.walmart.com/ip/25211979?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227017984432&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=35475559956&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=50615076756&veh=sem
If you place a Wilton DP pan next to an ML pan of the same shape, you can't tell the difference. If you place a Lloyds Pan next to an ML, you also can't tell the difference.