Can you bake a cake in a glass dish?

What will you do if you are about to bake a cake and find out that you don’t have a metal cake pan in your kitchen? You don’t need to go to the store and buy one, because a glass dish from your cupboard will work just fine.

Can You Bake a Cake in 8×8 glass baking dish?

The answer is YES. Baking a cake in a glass dish is possible, but there are some things you should keep in mind. First of all, make sure that the dish pan is oven-safe. If its not, then dont use it. Secondly, because glass is a poor conductor of heat, it retains heat for longer and can cause uneven baking. You should lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit and increase the baking time.

A little tricky, huh? Don`t worry. We will guide you through the whole process of how to bake a cake in a glass dish and tell you everything you need to know.

How to Bake a Cake in a Glass Dish?

Before everything, you need to make sure the glass dish you are about to use is heat-proof.

You can read the instructions for your dish carefully to see if it is intended for heating in an oven and does not have any restrictions on temperature, such as saying not to exceed 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Be aware that some sturdy-looking glasses may melt or break when exposed to heat. If there are doubts about this glass dish, you can call the manufacturer or change it to a safer one.

1 Preheat your oven

Preheat your oven
Preheat your oven

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. And this will help keep the glass dish from getting damaged and make sure that your cake turns out perfectly. The lower temperature will make your cake browned and bake more quickly with glass.

2 Mix up cake batter

Mix up cake batter
Mix up cake batter

Follow the cake recipe to prepare the cake batter. Combine all the ingredients you want to add to the cake and mix up them like you regularly do when baking a cake.

Remember, don’t overmix the cake. You can get different results depending on how long you mix the batter before baking. The 15-minute mixed cake was generally fragile and tender that could barely get out of the pan without breaking. The less mixed cakes will be a bit stronger in the structure.

3 Grease your dish

It is essential to grease the glass dish thoroughly before adding the batter when making a cake. This will help prevent the cake from sticking to the sides of the bowl and making it difficult to remove later. To do this, you can take some butter and rub it on the inside of the dish or grease the pan with vegetable oil. Be sure to cover as much surface area as possible. No section should be left without butter.

 You can also line your glass pan with baking paper and lightly spray the surface with oil. As you pour batter, it will help prevent sticking to preserve all of those delicious browned edges.

4 Pour in cake batter and bake the cake

Once the bowl is greased, you can then proceed with adding the batter and baking the cake. Pour it carefully into your pan using a spatula or spoon to help guide the batter.

When the heat is evenly distributed around the oven, insert your glass dish into the oven and ensure it’s not on a bottom rack. Place the glass pan in the center of the oven will give you an even bake across all parts. And if you want to get your cake crispier quicker, you can put it near the top.

5 Bake for the appropriate time

While baking with a glass dish, keep an eye on your cake. Though you reduce the temperature to prevent overcooking, be sure to check the oven 10 minutes early than what is mentioned in the cake recipe and remove it from heat if necessary. You don’t want your delicious dessert overcooked.

You can check for doneness before the time on the recipe by using a toothpick. A toothpick stuck into the cake near the center should come out clean without any batter, then the cake is ready. If the toothpick appears slightly moist, with a crumb or two on it, then it’s perfect.

6 Get the glass dish out

When the cake is made and you take it out of the oven, always use mittens or insulated gloves to prevent your hands get burned.

Make sure to place the glass pan on a cooling rack, cutting board, or dry cloth after baking to cool off quickly and efficiently. 

Be careful not to set it in on anything wet or a cool surface because an abrupt temperature change, known as thermal shock, may cause shattering or breaking. 

7 Remove a baked cake from a glass dish

After taking out your freshly baked cake, how do we get this delicious treat from the dish without damaging its shape? That’s why before baking, we need to grease up the glass dish and put batter into them so that they don’t stick when removed later on.

After the cake cools slightly, you can use a thin-bladed paring knife and run the edge around the glass dish. Then use a spatula to separate them just enough to get the cake out without breaking anything.

Turn the bowl upside down, tap your knuckles against the bottom, and the cake will slide off easily.

Using greaseproof paper will make it easier to lift the cake out without sticking it in a second.

8x8 glass baking dish
8×8 glass baking dish

Is It Better to Bake in a Glass dish or Metal dish?

selling 8×8 glass baking dish

There is a lot of debate about if baking a cake in a glass dish is better. Some people say it will come out ideally, while others claim that the cake will be dry and overcooked. 

The differences in conductivity, etc., for these two materials, are not that huge, given the relative lack of precision in most home ovens. It is all personal choice in the end, and here I`ll list below some of the advantages of using glassware.

  1. The cake bottom crusts brown a little better with glass dishes.
  2. Glass dishes are naturally nonstick and easy to clean.
  3. Glass will keep our food warm as it is an insulator, and it retains the heat for longer.
  4. Glass dishes can be put in the dishwasher, which is convenient.

Tips for Using Glass Dishes

glass baking dish
glass baking dish
  • Always use an oven-safe glass bowl because not all glass dishes are created equal. 
  • Be careful with your glassware, and make sure you don’t put them in very extreme temperature conditions too often. This damages their structural integrity, significantly reducing these items’ shelf life.
  • Don’t add liquid to hot glassware under any circumstances.
  • The best way to avoid slipping and crashing is by placing your hot bakeware on a towel or cutting board. This will reduce the coefficient of friction.
  • Ensure the oven is preheated enough before putting the glass dish in so it is less likely to suffer from thermal shock. And heating the oven gradually is vital for preventing any damage to your glassware.
  • Using cooking spray before putting the batter will help ensure that your cake easily comes out of its dish.
How long does to bake a cake in an 8×8 glass baking dish?

The 8×8 glass baking dish is about 64 square inches and is generally used for baking cakes, brownies, or cornbread.

The baking time can vary as there are no rules about how long it will take. But generally speaking, baking your cake in an 8×8 glass baking dish needs about 20-35 minutes. Making a layer will take longer depending on how tall and thick each slice is, and if you bake a giant single-layer cake, it may need 30-35 minutes.

What we recommend

We highly recommend using borosilicate glass bakeware, which is stronger than regular glasses and is specifically designed to handle high and low temperatures.

High borosilicate glass is used widely from industrial to cooking to scientific equipment and shatters at more than 580 ℃.
Our PIELOCK 8×8 glass baking dishes have been the best-selling type of dish for baking cakes and bar cookies. They will not corrode or rust, even with heavy use.
This beautiful borosilicate glass dish is perfect for any kitchen, and the material makes it safe to use in the microwave, preheated oven, and fridge. Without worrying, you can also put the glass pan in your dishwasher’s racks. They’re BPA-free, so there won’t be a plastic taste left behind when eating from them. They are all-natural.

Also, glass is the best material to store food as it’s nonporous. The lid is 100% leakproof, and you won’t have any worries about smells or germs seeping into your dish as the locking lid shuts tightly down.

PIELOCK 8×8 glass baking dish will be your favorite glass dish. You can find more information on our product page.


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