This is a new seasonal pan, made by Nordic Ware just for Williams-Sonoma. The pan makes up to 18 little acorn cakelets, and even the pan itself is shaped like an acorn.
Nordic Ware's pans are always very well made; we have an elaborate castle cake pan from them, and it has always performed beautifully. Great baking, easy cleanup.
Of course, these seasonal specialty pans are not nearly as flexible and multi-function as an ordinary cake pan, but it can be fun to have one or two around. We especially like this one because of its small cakelet openings; you could use it for bran or corn mini-muffins; mini oatmeal cookies; cupcakes and chocolate flourless cakes.
This pan also seems well-designed and less demanding for the baker. Some of these specialty pans seem to depend on post-baking decoration; we suspect it takes a lot of work to make their proposed cake look like the picture on the packaging. But these acorn cakelets seem to be much simpler - no decorating or special work required.
What do you think?
• Acorn Cakelet Pan - $36 at Williams-Sonoma
See the previous Williams-Sonoma and Nordic Ware release here: New Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan from Williams-Sonoma