The Baker's Secret Basics Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan gets high marks from both professional reviewers and consumers, who say the pan browns muffins evenly and releases them easily. Users report successful baking results, and they also praise the pan's sturdy construction and price. The pan features the company's proprietary nonstick coating and is enhanced with rust protection, although there are a couple of reports of rusting (either after the first use or upon arrival). A better choice, though it costs a few dollars more, is the Wilton Avanti Everglide Metal-Safe Non-Stick 12 Cup Muffin Pan (*Est. $14), which also gets good reviews and includes handles -- a nice feature that's missing on the Baker's Secret muffin pan.
The Baker's Secret pan is included in a short test of three muffin tins at Cook's Illustrated magazine, where editors test by baking two types of muffins. We also found coverage on Amazon.com, which tends to be a good source of user reviews of cookware and bakeware.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This three-pan test includes metal muffin tins of three types: Included are one lightweight coated aluminum pan, a heavyweight coated aluminum pan and an air-cushioned pan (which sandwiches and air pocket between two metal layers). Overall, editors recommend pans with a dark nonstick finish to promote even browning, and further say that handles are a nice-to-have feature. The Baker's Secret muffin tin is included in this test.
Review: Muffin Tins, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2005
Muffin pans get fewer reviews than other cooking products on this website, but the reviews that are posted tend to be thorough and detailed, with users describing actual baking experiences. The more than 10 users posting to Amazon.com combine to give this pan an average rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5). Most applaud the pan's sturdy construction, nonstick performance and price, although there are a sprinkling of reports of rusting and sticking.
Review: Baker's Secret Basics Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Contributors to Amazon.com