Reported by Heather Voinski
When I was looking around a local craft store, I found this pan and knew I had to have it. I love cupcakes!! (Whewww….I just had to get that out of the way.) The Wilton Dimensions Large Cupcake Pan creates a 3D cake measuring approximately 7 1/4 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide!! It is made out of cast aluminum and has a non-stick surface for easy release and cleanup. The package states that after baking you assemble the two halves with a thin layer of icing and decorate. Who could resist right?
Once I washed the pan, I sprayed it with non stick cooking spray. I made my cake according to the box and split it evenly between the two half’s. 40 minutes later I pulled it out of the oven to cool. According to the directions on the packaging, it says to let it completely cool in the pan before removing. I did just that and then removed it to a wire rack.
I was surprised to find it did release easily from the pan. In the past, I have never had a specialty pan like this one release in one piece. In the past there was always something left behind that I had to piece together with icing, but not with this one.
After cooling, I turned my cake pieces over to assemble them. The two pieces has a dome top to them, so I had to use a knife and trim the excess cake off so that they were flat. This was easy enough for me to do. I put a layer of icing on top of the bottom portion and added the top to assembled my large cupcake. I added icing and sprinkles to mine and was done.
I’m no cake decorator, but I was happy with the results! It was as adorable addition to our Christmas dessert until we cut it. I say until we cut it because we had a little surprise when we did. It did not cook evenly. The top half was fine, but the bottom was gooey in the center towards the top. There was nothing about this in the packaging.
We were really bummed out about the cake at Christmas, but it didn’t stop me from wanting to get it right (it’s the cupcake addiction my friends). I made a second one for a New Year’s party and the second time around I put the pan in the oven at a different angle. This time I put the top half of the cupcake towards the front of my oven instead of side to side.
The second time around, we found the cake to be cooked completely and we all enjoyed every last bit of it! I’ve included a few more pictures from the Wilton Website below as examples for this cake. Like I said, I am no cake decorator!
- Easy release
- Easy cleanup
- Can be decorated in lots of ways for lots of occasions
- Bakes unevenly. It takes a few attempts at making it, to get it to come out right.
- Smaller size cake when using a box cake mix
The MSRP for this pan is $30.99 on Wilton.com. You can also find it online at Amazon.com, and Target.com. The best price I saw was at Amazon. For those who don’t like to shop online, you can also get it at local craft stores. The stores near me, Michael’s, AC Moore, and Joanne’s all carry it and you might be able to use a coupon on it there to get it for a even better price!
Has anyone else used this pan and had these results? Do you have any tips you can share with us? We would love to hear your Pros and Cons to this product! I can tell you, that I still plan on using the pan in the future but I will remember to have a back up cake plan just in case!!