Did you ever wonder why dark clothing makes you feel warmer than lighter clothing? Dark colors do not radiate energy back. They absorb it instead.

Did you ever wonder why I am writing about clothing on a baking website??

Dark things, whether they are clothes or baking pans, behave the same. Baked goods that are baked in a dark aluminum pan, for example, will bake to a darker color than a baked good placed in a glass Pyrex pan.

You may not realize these pearls of wisdom now, but wait until you bake something. The advice comes in handy and can really make the difference between a dark almost burnt cake and a lightly browned cake that looks much more appealing.

If you bake in a dark pan don’t worry. Some of my favorite pans are dark metal. Just watch and make sure the baked good is not getting too overdone. There are times when a darker color is desirable. A pie crust will always become more golden brown in a darker pie pan. That can be desirable when making a pumpkin pie, for example, which can create a soggy bottom crust if it is not baked well enough.