A springform pan is a type of bakeware that features sides that can be removed from the base. Springformrefers to the construction style of this pan. The base and the sides are separate pieces that are held together when the base is aligned with a groove that rings the bottom of the walls. The pan is then secured by a latch on the exterior of the wall. This tightens the 'belt' that becomes the walls of the pan and secures the base into the groove at the base of the walls.
A springform cake pan gives you extra control over the baking of delicate types of cake, such as cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake. Both types of cake require you to handle them as little as possible after baking, which springform cake pans make possible. With a normal cake pan, you tip the cake upside down onto a rack to cool. A springform pan allows the cake to remain right-side up. Instead of removing the cake from the pan, you remove the pan from the cake.