Even my Mexican friends don't know how to say "pie pan" or "pie tin" in Spanish. Google isn't much help, either.

How can I effectively communicate about a pie pan?


Disposable, single-use pie pan, made of aluminum:

Aluminum pie pan

Multi-use metal pie pan:

Metal pie pan

Glass pie pan:

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The first image that comes to my mind is the traditional apple pie dish, baked on top of an aluminum foil plate. It's a hard item to find in Spanish cuisine, but I would use molde para tartas o plato para tartas

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    +1. Looking around on a department store website, the closest approximations I can find to the Google image results for pie pan are simply labelled as molde. Feb 26, 2013 at 13:58

In Spain, pay doesn't exist. Tarta is a generic word used for everything that is a dessert that is round; specialized deserts exist, like bizcocho which is a cake with a hole - like pound cake. Apple pie for example may be tarta de manzana. Pie, like American pie, is not so common so there is not a specific word for it. The pan may be called molde para tartas because it basically means that you want to make a dessert in the shape of a pie.

  • Isn't bizcocho a synonym of coca, and void of implication about shape? Mar 4, 2013 at 15:41
  • @PeterTaylor, well, depending what you mean by "coca" :D But yes, bizcocho can be of any shape, it's a sponge cake.
    – JoulSauron
    Mar 4, 2013 at 17:09
  • There is no pay in English here at all.
    – Lambie
    Jun 29, 2023 at 14:46

I guess it depends a lot on the region, but what I've seen on Northern Mexico (more specifically Chihuahua) is "Base para Pay" (and yes usually pie here is "pay") or "Corteza para Pay"

  • There is no pay in the English. It's pie pan. Pie.
    – Lambie
    Jun 29, 2023 at 14:45
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    Not sure what you mean, if you read my reply I'm not making any claim that there is a "pay in the English", just that the word "pay" is used in Mexico as a translation of the English "pie" instead of "tarta".
    – DarkAjax
    Jun 29, 2023 at 17:37

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