The Transformers cake pan is a sweet way to celebrate a birthday! This cake pan is pretty easy to decorate, and could be done by even novices. The good thing is that this cake is current (not retired) so it is very easy to find, and if you were lucky enough to find shaped cake pans in your area this is one you would probably see. It’s far more likely you’ll save money on this cake pan by shopping online. In this post I want to show you some quick decorating tips for this cake and where to get it for a great price.
This cake is definitely not tough to decorate, but it is important that you have a bit of practice with the icing bag before hand. You’re going to have to create a lot of straight lines, and a steady hand and even squeeze will help with that. To practice, get a sheet of parchment paper and test it out there. Once finished, you can put that icing right back into your bowl for use later.
The Transformer birthday cake pan will take some tight attention to detail when decorating to get the “shadows” right and all of the lines parallel, but aside from that it should be a fun experience.
Shopping for the Transformers cake pan online is a good decision. With Amazon you can get all of the party supplies that you need, and have them all shipped right to your door at a great price. With eBay you can save a ton of money over shopping anywhere else.
Here’s what Amazon has to offer-
Here are the current listings for eBay. With some scrolling through the items you’re bound to find the Transformers cake pan at a lower price than most other places.
I never understood Wilton’s thinking behind discontinuing cake pans. The Mickey Mouse cake pan is always in high demand, yet it was retired a long time ago. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that there are four different Mickey Mouse cake pans and one set of mini cake pans. There are some small details that make one of them a collector’s item, while others aren’t. In this post I want to show you how to get black buttercream icing, the difference in the four cake pans, and where to get these pans at a smokin’ price.
If you try to make black buttercream icing from white vanilla it will take a ton of coloring, turn teeth black, and taste nasty. Instead, start with chocolate icing and it will only take a tiny fraction of the coloring to get a black color.
The Mickey Mouse Cake Pan Collection
The most desired (but not most expensive) Mickey Mouse pan is the one that is simply his face. This traditional icon is perfect for any party, and simple to decorate. You can usually find this pan for between $15 and $30, depending on its condition. If you plan on baking, rather than collecting, don’t worry about spending the extra money to get the insert, the instructions are all available for download from Wilton’s website.
The oldest and least expensive of the cake pans is the Mickey Mouse Band Leader cake pan. Why this pan is the least expensive, I’m not sure, but it always has been. He’s wearing a band leader hat that could be easily decorated to be something totally different. Expect to pay between $5 and $20 for this pan.
My favorite of all of these is the “Arms Behind The Back” cake pan. You’ll understand why the arms bit is important after you read the next paragraph. Mickey is standing up with his arms behind his back and wearing pants and a shirt. You can expect to pay between $15 and $25 for this one.
The collector’s item cake pan is the Mickey Mouse Waving cake pan. This pan was produced as late as 1995, so there are still tons in circulation. I think that the reason it costs so much is because he’s wearing his traditional shorts and nothing else. Expect to pay over $50 for this pan, only the Darth Vader and the the rest of the Star Wars cake pans cost as much as this one!
If you want to get one of these cake pans for baking instead of building your collection, shop eBay. You can save a ton of money over buying them from anywhere else. Below you’ll see the most current listings for Mickey Mouse cake pans. Use the arrows to scroll through the listings, click on them for more details, or use the search bar to track down a specific pan.
The Cookie Monster cake pan (both of them) has been retired, but you can still find them without much work. Seriously, who wouldn’t love a Cookie Monster shaped cake for their birthday? I don’t know anyone, and if you do they probably shouldn’t be your friend anymore! In this post I want to show you the difference between both of the retired cake pans, and where you can get them from without breaking the bank.
The first Cookie Monster cake pan was discontinued in 1981 by Wilton, but somehow manages to be easy to find in the secondary market. This goes to show how popular baking was then, and how popular it’s once again becoming! This cake pan is very similar to the later one (next paragraph) except there isn’t anything in his hands. He’s wearing a chef’s hat (?) and is very blob shaped. The pan from the 90′s has more detail in the neck so his head doesn’t look like it’s attached to his chest, like it does in this pan.
The later Cookie Monster pan was discontinued in 1996 and has a much more logical shape than the 70′s pan does. The biggest different is that he’s holding a cake in his hands. Obviously, you could decorate it so that the cake is anything (gift, cookie, nothing) so that shouldn’t be something that turns you away from this pan.
Somehow both of these cake pans avoided collector’s item status (unlike the Star Wars cake pans and Mario cake pan). This is great for you if you plan on actually baking with it! You can get these pans very cheap, usually less than the price of a new cake pan on eBay (see below).
There is also a rare Muppet cake pan that’s really hard to find, but it could be used as Cookie Monster, Grover, Animal, or any of the Muppets.
Here are the current eBay listings that you can use to buy or bid on the Cookie Monster cake pan. Use the arrows to scroll through the listings, or use the search bar to track down exactly what you’re looking for.
Shopping for a Curious George cake pan can be disheartening since one doesn’t exist, but there are other options! In this post I want to show you some cool alternatives as well as some old-school decorating tips that can help you get the perfect Curious George cake!
The problem is that there aren’t any licensed Curious George cake pans, but there are monkey cake pans and round pans that will give you the space to decorate his cute face right on top. Luckily, Curious George is a very simple looking cartoon character, so even people with limited artistic skill can get his face right on the cake’s top.
In order to decorate his face on a round cake pan, you need to start with a good picture. Pick one that shows his face clearly, and save it so that you can blow it up and print it. The size of your round cake pan will determine how big you blow the picture up. After you get the picture printed, check out this how-to on decorating a Curious George cake. She does it and explains it much better than I could!
If freehand cake design isn’t your thing, you can check out this pan by Wilton. It’s not Curious George, but it is a cute monkey that wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to make it look like George.
When shopping for a Spiderman cake pan, you have to realize that there are lots of different versions out there. Some of the older cake pans are collector’s items and can fetch well over a hundred bucks when they’re for sale. In this post I want to show you the differences in them, as well as where to buy them from without breaking the bank.
Spiderman has gone through some (minor) costume changes throughout the years, but his popularity has never faded. Which has led Wilton to release lots of different Spiderman cake pans, three to be exact, and they are all extremely popular.
The newest Spiderman cake pan is a shot of his head and his hands in action. This cake is tough to decorate. The perspective of his hand in the front in relation to his head and other hand make getting the outlines to look right a bit of a pain. If you’re new to decorating cakes, I recommend giving this cake a test-run before you bake the final one.
The second cake is the Amazing Spiderman cake pan. This cake pan has Spidey in his signature crouched position. I was almost positive that this cake pan had been retired, but I guess that it is still active. You can usually get this one for a great price since it’s been around for a long time and isn’t as popular as the pan above.
The old school Spidey cake pan is my personal favorite. This pan was retired in 2002 and is now a collector’s item. I’ve seen this pan sell for well over $100 and should increase in value as time passes, like the Star Wars cake pans. Like the first pan, this one is tough to decorate. There are the same perspective issues of his front hand to the rest of the body that the first pan has.
Here are all three Spiderman cake pans from Amazon, as well as some other party favors. Amazon will usually have good deals on shipping when you bundle things together.
Here are the listings for all of the Spiderman cake pans on eBay. On eBay you should be able to find lower prices, but shopping for multiple items is a bit of a pain.
Using character cake pans to bake someone’s birthday cake is one of the easiest ways to make a birthday party as fun as it can be. It will also help hone your skills as a cake decorator. In this post I want to take a quick look at the history and future of character shaped cake pans as well as show you where you can buy them without breaking the bank.
Character cake pans got their start by Wilton in the mid-70′s with characters such as Holly Hobby, Sesame Street, and Strawberry Shortcake. Back then it was extremely easy to find these pans since they were in grocery stores and even corner drug stores. Their popularity continued to surge into the late 80′s with characters like Super Mario, Bart Simpson, and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’m not really sure what happened after 1989, but it suddenly became en vogue to stop baking and buy gross birthday cakes from the grocery store. After that, these cake pans became very hard to find and many styles were retired.
Now, baking is surging in popularity once again. There are multiple TV shows on Bravo and the Food Network dedicated to baking cakes, and people are once again getting out their mixers and spatulas. Unfortunately, with the “new” popularity of baking stores have yet to catch up. Finding shaped cake pans in your local grocery store is still impossible, so you have to turn to the internet or specialty kitchen store.
I have two favorite places to buy my cake pans from, and I’m sure that if you’ve seen any other pages on this site you already know what they are! Amazon and eBay constantly have the best prices for cake pans of any size, shape, or character. Amazon is the best when you need a pan that is current and need it shipped to your house along with other things (party favors, gifts, etc.). eBay is best when the pan you need is retired or are just looking for the best price.
To see all of the character cake pans that Amazon has to offer, click here.
Here are the current listings for character shaped cake pans on eBay. You can use the arrows on the right to scroll through them, and if you don’t see the character that you’re looking for use the search box on top. I would be extremely surprised if there was a cake pan that you couldn’t find on eBay. If there is, leave a comment below and I’ll help you track it down!
Click on any of the pictures below for more information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the entire collection here.
This is a really cool idea! If you’re looking for a dramatic cake this is the way to go. The idea is simple, create a simple stacked tier cake and add these castle towers to it to make it a spectacular castle scene.
The castle scene is perfect for those that are just getting started with cake decorating. You will have to do some freehand designing on the cake and on the towers, but the dramatic effect of the towers will make a simple design stunning! The level of detail that you wish to use is completely up to you, so even the most advanced cake decorators can have a lot of fun with this.
You can also decorate this however you want. It can be a dark and epic castle, or a bright and fairy filled one!
Castle towers are made by Wilton, so you know that you are getting the highest quality products available. This cake will be so much fun to look at you might have a hard time cutting into it!
The Castle Cake Set retails for over $20, but Amazon has it for much less. It’s also eligible for free shipping on orders over $25.
Alternatively, you can check out eBay for the Wilton Romantic Castle Cake Set. They tend to have lower prices than Amazon. This is great when you only want to get the pan. If you’re planning on getting more than pan, Amazon will help you get everything that you need and have it all shipped to your house. Below you’ll find the current eBay listings for this pan where you’ll be able to bid on or buy them.
Shaped birthday cake pans are what takes a plain cake to extraordinary. Even something as simple as a square or teardrop can make a birthday cake feel like it’s special. It shows people that you really care enough to create them a custom cake, rather than the “plain Jane” cakes that we all get. That’s a major part of the reason I started this site in the first place. I love baking cakes that fit someone’s personality and style, and I love the way that it makes them feel.
Baking cakes is cool again thanks to popular TV shows and cake competitions all over the country. If you develop some skill with baking and decorating cakes, you will be the hit of every party that you go to and you may even be able to start a business out of it!
We are all trained to expect the rectangular birthday cakes with insanely sweet frosting that come from grocery store. That’s what we’re used to since it’s much easier to go buy one instead of creating one. You’re obviously here because you either don’t like those cakes or you really want to create something special for a loved one. I applaud your efforts, and you’re going to make someone very happy!
Birthday Cake Pans
Birthday shaped cake pans can range from a set of simple squares up to an elaborate football stadium or train set. The pans that you choose should match the party or the person that the party is for. Birthdays are a special event, and a well planned cake will make it even more special!
Kids birthday cakes are easy. You figure out what their favorite cartoon character is and find the pan to match. Almost popular cartoon characters have their own shaped cake pan. Bob The Builder, Dora The Explorer, and Spongebob are all some of the most popular cake pans right now. The classics like Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, and Barbie will always be around, but are becoming harder to track down.
Grownup cakes don’t always depend so much on the cake shape, but on it’s decoration. My favorite cake pans are a set of three squares from Wilton that are the perfect sizes to stack on top of each other and decorate from there. I always start with a smooth layer of icing, or a sheet of fondant, and add things from their life or personality from there. Another design that I like to do is come up with a pattern or swirls that fit their style well. These small touches are really what takes a cake to the next level.
All great birthday cakes start with the right shaped cake pan. Be sure that it’s the right one for you before you get baking!