If you’re snowbound, why not bake? The Chicago area was digging out from a blizzard yesterday, and it seemed like the perfect day to try the Snowflake Mini Cake pan.
The Dimensions® Pans are my favorite in the Wilton line-up. They’re cast aluminum, easy to clean, and the results are nearly perfect every time.
The Snowflake Pan has a lot of crevices. I started by spraying the pan with Bake Easy™ to help ensure the cakes release completely from the pan. I filled each cavity approximately three-quarters with Lemon cake mix batter. If the mini cakes rise above the pan, simply trim the cake bottoms with a knife. The pan label also suggests using this pan for ice cream molds – another fun snow day idea!
While the cakes were cooling, I braved the elements and attempted to clear the snow from my 120-foot-long driveway. Unsuccessful, I returned to the kitchen to start decorating the mini snowflake cakes.
If you’re a Wilton employee, you probably have all you need for impromptu baking and decorating – it’s an occupational hazard. Even if you don’t have exactly what you need, it’s a good opportunity to experiment with what you have available.
Each cavity of this pan has a different design. On this mini cake, I followed the pattern of the snowflake using a blue candy decorating pen.
The candy pens are super easy to use. I placed the unopened tube in a tall coffee mug filled with hot water to soften the candy. After a couple minutes, remove the tube from the hot water, knead the tube a bit, and you’re ready to go. I don’t have the best control when writing on a cake, but these tubes are easy to handle and do a great job boosting my confidence. Plus, they taste great.
Decorating a glistening snowflake is easy. I used piping gel, a decorating brush and white sparkling sugar. Pour sugars on a plate or in a bowl. Dip a decorating brush in piping gel, then paint over the pattern on the top of the mini cake. The piping gel will help the sugars adhere to the cake. Dip the gel-painted cake into the sugar. Now you have a shimmery snowflake!
I painted a white candy star/snowflake in the center of the mini cake below using a white candy decorating pen. They are topped off with yellow cake sparkles™. I outlined the pattern of the other mini cake using white sparkle gel. These tubes are also small, and easy to use. I placed blue sugar pearls on top of the gel to help hold them in place.
My driveway is still covered with two feet of snow, but I have some nice-looking treats to comfort me and my aching back.