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Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan, Colors Vary
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- Aluminum construction provides even baking and uniform results
- Premium non-stick interior, dishwasher use is not recommended as it may shorten the life of the nonstick coating
- Recipe on packaging, use of more dense cake recommended
- Special insert creates a hollow center to fill with treats for a surprise, great for gender reveals
- Made in the USA
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A true trend-setter! Cut this cake to find a surprise of hidden treasures inside. The special insert allows you to bake a hollow center cake. Cool and fill the center cavity with assorted candies, cookies or other treats and "glue" the halves together with frosting. Let your imagination run wild to create animals, sports balls, celestial bodies, faces and more! Make birthday cakes or baby shower "reveal" cakes with blue or pink inside. A Nordic Ware exclusive and the only pan of its kind. Proudly made in the USA.
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1) DON'T OVERFILL - The instructions say you can use a box mix with the pan, filling the pan 3/4 full. I used a 16oz Ducan Hines mix and thought the pan looked 3/4 full, but apparently not because as the cake baked the semi-liquid batter rose up and spilled into the inverted dome of the pan. I actually had to take the half-baked cake out of the oven and scoop the raw batter out of the dome. What a mess.
2) DON'T OVERFILL Part 2 - For the second cake I removed one cup of the batter before pouring into the cake pan. The batter was barely touching the bottom of the inverted dome, but I still had a little batter spill into the dome while baking. Guess with this particular brand of cake mix I need to remove 1-1/2 cups of batter.
3) DON'T UNDER FILL - If you under fill the cake pan with batter the cakes will not be the same size. Ideally you want the cake to puff up enough to cover the slats that hold the dome to the main pan. You will need to cut the extra cake off the slats before you can turn the slats and remove the dome, but this ensures that both cake halves are the same size.
4) CANDY YOU PUT INSIDE DOES MATTER - I filled my cake with gummy worms. In hind-sight this was not the best choice. It was impossible to cut through the gummy worms. So select candy that a knife can push aside while cutting.
5) USE A DENSE CAKE MIX - LIKE POUND CAKE - The biggest problem I had with the cake was structural. After frosting the cake I noticed that the shape was changing. It was flattening and looking less and less like a rounded ball. I thought it was my imagination so I keep going with my decorating. But soon I noticed a split in the base cake. I tried to fill the gap with icing and hold it together with wooden skewers, but the cake kept splitting. Finally I took a long piece of plastic wrap, cut it into a ribbon shape, tightly tied the ribbon around the base of the cake, and stuck it in the refrigerator. This chilled the cake and stopped it from splitting more, and I was able to finish decorating the cake. So the moral is: don't use a light and fluffy boxed cake mix. You need something dense and heavy enough to hold the weight of the cake, the candy, and the decorations. A dense pound cake would be the best.
6) BAKE AND EAT ON THE SAME DAY - The instructions included with the pan advise to bake and eat the cake on the same day. At first I didn't understand this recommendation, but after watching my cake slowly deflate I understood the warning. The inside of the cake is hollow. Sure you fill the cavity with a little bit of candy, but the candy does not provide any support for the cake. So every hour that the assembled cake sits, the sides will spread and the top will flatten. My cake looked like a soccer ball slowly losing air. And when you cut the cake the sinking problem accelerates. So bake, decorate, and eat the puppy fast.
So this cake pan is a cute concept, but it is not a simple pan to use. It takes a bit of thought, planning, and trial-and-error.
And you need to be sure to nonstick-spray the heck out of the middle piece that attaches to make the hollow, and do so all the way around, on both sides. I didn't do the upward-facing bowl on top. When the cake was done, batter had spilled over into it and stuck, adding to the challenge to remove the whole cake.
Grab a horseshoe, pray to your higher power, eat some four-leaf clovers and wish for the best when you remove your cake from the pan.
I had only one pan. My first one came out okay; I could work with it. The second one though totally cracked in half when I tried to remove it from the pan.
My *second* second layer came out okay, However, when I flipped it to position it to its rightful place on top of the other (frosted by this point), it buckled in on itself.
I threw the whole mess... and pan... away.
One good thing: on one of the baking attempts, batter spilled into the middle hollowing attachment as the cake rose in the oven. I was able to extract a cute little round cake from it at the end, which I frosted and used. Cute, but it wasn't worth the hourrrrrs I put into trying to end up with a pinata cake.
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I was just a bit disappointed to find that you only get ONE in the box. I would have thought you'd get two in the pack so that you can make the whole pinata cake in one go.
Un peu pénible à laver vu les dessins du moule ( je n'ai pas osé le lave-vaisselle ). Qualité irréprochable.