One thing that I liked right away was that the cake pan comes with instructions on the back. It lets you know how much cake you will need to make and the best ways to decorate it. However, considering it's a Wilton cake pan, of course they want you to decorate it exclusively with Wilton products. Which, I suppose you can do if you want, or you could go against the grain and use your own homemade frosting/fondant to decorate with.
Once I mixed up three cake mixes (yes, this baby takes three mixes to make a full sized cake) I poured it into the baking pan. However, I held onto about a box worth of cake mix because the directions said to fill the pan half way, which left me with some extra. No worries though, I just poured it into a resealable bag and put in the freezer to thaw out and bake with later. I did read later on that people said they put all 3 cake mixes in with the outcome of the cake rising above the pan. That way they just sliced the cake along the top of the pan, leaving a flat level base when you take the cake out of the pan.
The cake came out of the pan with ease. I didn't hit any bumps when baking. Now decorating was a whole other issue. This sucker is HUGE! It didn't fully fit on my cooling racks, and it just barely fit on my 9x13 baking sheet shown above. So considering it's just the Mr. and myself, this pan is a bit much. However, I could see myself taking this to book club meetings where I can share this with others. Like I said it makes a HUGE cake.
My only complaint is that the pan is fragile. My pan arrived bent (shown in first picture). As you can see, it didn't really change the shape of the cake. I suppose I got lucky, had the dent happened anywhere else, who knows if it would have been easily hidden.
In the end, this is a great pan to have in your kitchen. It's different enough to add a little something extra to what would otherwise be a sheet cake. You can decorate it like a book, write a message on it for birthdays, graduation or even use it to announce the sex of your baby. The possibilities are endless. I of course went the easy route. After all, I'm still living out of boxes at the new house but I'm not going to lie, this book-shaped cake definitely cheered me up. It's pretty cool seeing a recipe come to life on a cake. I will definitely be getting my use out of the pan. Just need to make some friends at the new place so that I don't become obese eating all this cake by myself.
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