Remember this tiered cakelet pan? I got a chance to try it out, and I used it to make Easter dinner desserts. It's awfully cute, and easy to use, too.
I have always been impressed by Nordicware's elaborately shaped pans; they nearly always release well and include clear, well-tested recipes. But there aren't many cake pans I would actually make space for in my cupboard (anyone want to start up Netflix for cake pans?). This cakelet pan, though, is one that I would buy. I think it's delightfully fun to play with, and the cakelets I made in it for Easter were raved over by my guests. I just used the recipe included with the pans and they turned out beautifully. I also dipped a spoonful of jam into each cakelet before baking, so there was a jammy blackberry center waiting for the guests when they cut open the cake.
They were also easy to decorate; I just glazed (very quick and easy) and then (OK, painstakingly, I admit) attached pastel dragées.
Depending on your household and your baking habits, this might be a fabulous pan to own. Tea cakes, fairy cakes, tiny wedding cakes — you can dress these up in lots of ways. Baby showers, wedding showers, Mother's Day — it could come in handy. If, of course, your baking tastes don't run to such frilly tiers, that's fine. If they do, though, this pan was a snap to use and clean up, and it gets two thumbs up from me.
What sorts of fun cake pans do you use? Is there any space for them in your cupboards? Or do you eschew them just for the basic rounds?
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(Images: Faith Durand)