A springform pan is a kind of baking dish with sides that can be separated from the base. The pan has a latch on its exterior wall that can be opened to release the base from the sides. Closing the latch tightens the sides around the base, securing it in place. These pans are often used for cakes that cannot easily be removed from regular baking dishes or inverted to release it from the pan.

Springform pans can come in a variety of shapes, but the most common shape is the 9 inch round, often used for baking cheesecakes, tortes or other cakes with delicate crusts.