A sheet cake pan is the tool of the restaurant trade. They’re used for everything from brownies to cooking bacon in the oven. At home you can get just as many uses from them, even baking cakes! In this post I’ll give you the run down on all of the different uses that you can use these for as well as where to get them at great prices.
Baking large cakes and brownies are the regular uses for sheet cake pans. Most traditional ovens aren’t big enough to fit a full sheet cake pan, but half sheet cake pans work great. You can use these for baking cookies or as a tray for heating anything in the oven, like french fries, baked chips, roasting garlic, or baked cheese.
You don’t need a non stick surface on a sheet cake pan. Aluminum sheet cake pans can maintain their pretty shine if you use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat when baking things. Having a few of these pans on hand is very helpful when big baking projects come up. Having four pans works best for me so that I can bake two sets of cookies on both racks of my oven and get the next two ready while they’re baking.
Amazon has an excellent selection of sheet cake pans that you can check out by clicking here.
Here are the best prices from current eBay listings. Use the arrows to scroll down, or use the search bar on the top to track down exactly what you’re looking for.
Finding a Star Wars cake pan can be tricky. They are all out of print, and can fetch prices over $100. The good news is that they are out there, and if you know where to look you can find them for much less than that.
The cheapest way to buy Star Wars cake pans in to find them at a garage or yard sale. Doing it this way is a total shot in the dark, but it can work. Cake pans seem to be the kind of thing that people tend to sell at yard sales (along with lame books!). Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll stumble across one eventually.
I know that rummaging through garage sales doesn’t help you find a Star Wars cake pan right now, so I’ve found some for you that I want to share. Scroll through the list to see what eBay has to offer. From everything that I’ve found they have the best prices and biggest selection. More about Star Wars cake pans after the jump.
Obviously, most of these pans are going to be used (they are from the early 80′s) but they should be in good condition. I bought my Darth Vader cake pan from eBay and it came to me in fantastic condition, although without instructions. Luckily, Wilton makes these cake pans so they have all of the instructions downloadable from their website.
It seems like the C-3PO cake pan is the hardest to track down, I don’t even have this pan yet! It looks really cool because it has a section off to the left of his head that will fit a good amount of text or even a Star Wars logo.
The Darth Vader cake pan is a bit of a pain to decorate. Black food coloring is hard to get and work with, so you actually end up decorating his mask in dark brown and use gel to get his eyes and the outline black. It takes a good amount of skill with the icing bag to get all of the lines to line up with the direction of the mask, but it’s certainly doable with a little bit of practice.
The R2-D2 cake pan is a lot of fun to decorate, and it’s the easiest pan of all of them to find. There are some small details on his body, but nothing is too tough so it would be a good cake pan for someone who’s just starting to get the hang of cake decoration.
There is also a Boba Fett cake pan that is very difficult to find. eBay is the still the best place, but as of this writing it’s nowhere to be found!
You also have the option of never baking with these cake pans. They have a hole at the top of the pan so that it can be easily hung up on a wall as decoration. Either way, this is the perfect gift for yourself or the Star Wars fan in your life!
We’ve had so much fun with shapedcakepans.net we decided to stretch our legs a little bit and get another site up and running. The site is cupcakestands.net. There isn’t a whole lot there as of this writing, but in the next few days it will be up and running as a full site just like this one. Give it a quick CTRL+D to bookmark it and come back in a few!!