Yup, I've got one of these too. I don't exactly know why I bought it other than that the photograph on the top of the box showed an enticing checerboard dessert topped with strawberries. Looks as if this is pretty straight forward, you take a chocolate cake mix and a vanilla cake mix and go from there by using the cutter that is enclosed but does anyone have any creative ideas to try with this?
I went online to find a photo of what I bought and struck out. Guess there aren't too many people out there interested in piecing their cakes back together from a bunch of log shapes after they finish baking.
If your set has 3 round tins and an insert, then that's not meant to be a cutter -- it's meant to be a divider to use while pouring the batter (2 colors) into the pans. If you're careful lifting the divider out of the pan once the batters are poured, they will pretty much stay put during baking (like doing a swirl in a marble cake, but more precise). I have a set like this but confess I haven't used it yet. :-)
3 layers... for the top and bottom later, for example, put chocolate batter in the center and the outer ring and yellow in the middle ring. For the middle layer, reverse that (chocolate batter in the middle ring, yellow cake batter in the center and outer rings). When you assemble those three layers and cut a slice, you'll get the checkerboard pattern.
Quoting: it's meant to be a divider to use while pouring the batter (2 colors) into the pans. If you're careful lifting the divider out of the pan once the batters are poured, they will pretty much stay put during baking (like doing a swirl in a marble cake, but more precise).
I was having visions of myself sitting at the kitchen table with a bunch of little squares trying to piece together a cake. Ridiculous was the thought that came to mind particularly because once I finished it, they would have wolfed it all down and no trace of the pretty checkerboard desing would have been left.
The link you have is similar to what I have but mine is a rectangle and it is split in thirds with the cutter or rather the divider. Same concept, different shape.
You wouldn't even have to mess with 2 different types of batter... if you've got a light colored cake, just add a generous amount of food coloring to part of the batter. I think it's be fun to see the pattern as you slice into the loaf... post a photo when you try it! :-)
Posting photos of anything current right now is an issue for me. I'd like to post some photos of some other gadgets I bought that I can't quite find the right description for but I can't do that either.
The food coloring is a neat idea. I'd do that rather than mixing up two different cake mixes. That's a time saver idea! Good suggestion!
i used to use Wilton's food coloring. warning! use toothpick, very, very sparingly. small amount goes a long way. i used to make my son, nephews and nieces molded cakes. i had a blast decorating cuz internet was not "in" yet. i had to use my imagination on how to decorate, which decorating tip to work with. those were the days. :(
Well, in and amongst all the goodies I bought was a cake decorating kit. I am relatively confident decorating a cake is out of my skillset but for a couple bucks I figured what the heck. I think it would be neat to have deep green ivy foliage scrolling around on the top of a cake but I guess for now if I want that I'd have to order one from a bakery made that way. I'm still happy with this checkered loaf thingie.
Lauren, u indeed is very lucky. i remember when i was in the catering business, i wanted so badly to buy certain gadgets for ease in my chores... but had to wait, until i have enough $$ save that will not interfer with the running the business.
i will not be surprise, if u gather enough nerve to try ur "new" tools. give it a shot, u can do it.
I am going to try my new toys! All of them except the cake decorating thingie. Maybe some day down the road. I saw a Wilton Cake decorating class available and Hobby Lobby and sort of half way entertained the idea of going but I've got way too much on my plate right now.
Everything I bought was dirt cheap. That's why I bought so much from that one table. We're talking any where from .50 to a few dollars. I was thrilled. No where near the prices they charge at specialty baking retailers and such.
i used to have a Holly Hobby cake pan made by Wilton. i never had the instruction, but i just look at the cake pan box to produce the same outcome from the photo. it was fun. my nieces love the outcome too. i make one for every niece birthday. Holly Hobby is their favorite. they do not appreciate the Raggedy Ann cake pan.
i know i spent a fortune on all my gadgets and kitchen appliances, albeit large or small.
I didn't spend a fortune on anything other than the Dutch ovens. Those we blew the wad on but we use them several times a month right through winter. They have served us well. I think the largest one is by Lodge but I don't recall what the other two manufacturers are.
Yes, I was really lucky to stop at that particular garage sale. It's certainly been an adventure figuring out what everything is and what to do with it.