The only shaped pan that wasn’t just a basic shape (heart, etc.) I’ve really put effort into was the 3D snowman pan that Williams Sonoma sells. I made it once, from a box, and did the star tip icing and everything. (It was hard to get it to stick together while standing up). But for the most part, everything just comes from sheet cakes.
The police car is cut and stacked. The wheel ended up coming from cupcakes that I had just made to use up the extra batter. I was glad to have them.
When I conceived the lego, I was thrilled to discover that an 8x8x2 inch cake divided into the correct proportions of lego. I just cut the cakes appropriately and then iced them in the different colors. Stacking as I went. The dots were the biggest challenge. That and that I didn’t account for the thickness of the icing. The blocks don’t line up exactly. But the kids didn’t care. (I did. I’m a perfectionist-procrastinator. Isn’t that a great combination?)
The dinosaur was just cut out of a big cake using a paper pattern. I had to piece the tail, and it’s really big.
I have many shaped pans. Mini Bundts, shells, dinosaurs (small ones), hearts, eggs. I just picked up a daisy shaped one on sale. But, for the most part, they are the dickins to clean. (even the good nonstick NordicWare ones).
If you have an idea, just go for it. Why wait to find out if someone else has thought of it first, and mass-produced a special pan? Run with the vision! Be surprised and delighted with things that just come to you while you are making it. Improvise, be creative.
Keep on Bakin’,
(I guess I’ll go finish up that birthday cake for tomorrow’s party.)
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