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I think I've thoroughly demonstrated my attraction to cute cake pans, but I held off from actually buying one until recently, when I gave in and bought this Nordicware castle bundt pan ($27.75, Amazon).

A small friend was having a birthday and I just couldn't resist the chance to finally try out a fun pan. This was surprisingly easy to use and clean, given the level of detail.

Pictures of the final product below...

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Milk chocolate cake, just out of the oven.

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Garish? Rather. Too much artificial food coloring? Definitely. Way fun? Yes! Birthdays are sometimes an opportunity to suspend the principles of good taste anyhow.

The other thing I like about this cake pan is that it can be flexible - a sandcastle cake for a summer party, a princess castle for a little girl, or a medieval keep, like this one.

This is certainly not a necessity for small kitchens, but it can be a sweet surprise for small people.