Cornbread pans. The pan you choose will determine the kind of cornbread you bake. Want crusty, crunchy cornbread? Use cast iron skillets. A crunchy crust? Clad stainless steel pan. Square cake pans are most suitable for cake-like cornbread. Cornbread molds are often cast iron and give a crunchy crust on all sides. Choose your pan for the kind of cornbread you prefer.