Review: Wilton Easy Layers Pan

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A few weeks ago I needed to make a rainbow layer cake.  Short of baking 5 layers of cake, one after another (read: time consuming), my only other option was to stop putting off getting new pans for myself and bake multiple layers at once.

I’ve been coveting the Wilton Easy Layers Pan Sets since we began stocking them, but in the interests of business I have dutifully been sending them out in orders without taking one myself, lest I run out of stock.  With the blog overhaul and the Product Review category, I now have a reason to try out products and report back.

Yesterday was my second time using the pan set in two weeks… and I’m sold!  I liked these pans the first time I used them… the second time I realised I needed to tell someone other than my husband how impressed I was.

 

Here is what I love about it:

  • 5 pans in each set means I can bake all my layers at once.  This cuts my baking time to about 15 minutes rather than the hour and a half or longer it would take with one pan (grease/line pan, measure out batter, bake, cool for 10mins, turn out, start over.  Repeat, repeat, etc)

 

  • I love layer cakes.  I’ll always bake my cakes in 4 layers or more so there is plenty of delicious filling, plus they look stunning when cut.

 

This cake was filled with salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream and salted caramel between each layer
This cake was filled with salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream and salted caramel between each layer

 

  • For uniform results, measure your batter to make sure you put the same amount in each pan.  I used 1 1/4 cups of batter per pan for the recipe I used.  Because the layers are about an inch thick when cooked, you don’t tend to end up with any rounded tops to cut off – if you do, try another recipe because the leavening is off!
  • With 5 layers plus filling, it makes a beautifully tall cake.  Not tall enough that you need supports, but a really nice size that is appealing to the eye.  The one on my bench at the moment is 7 inches tall.

 

All 5 (naked) layers. You can see I overfilled that top pan slightly (by 1/4c), so it has a bit of a muffin top. Easy to fix, but better to not overfill in the first place
All 5 (naked) layers. You can see I overfilled that top pan slightly (by 1/4c), so it has a bit of a muffin top. Easy to fix, but better to not overfill in the first place

 

  • No greasing!  I repeat, absolutely no greasing at all.  I did a test layer last night before committing fully, and with zero greasing or lining, my cakes did not stick.  I turned them out about 2 minutes after coming out of the oven and there was not even a hint of sticking.

 

  • The pans nest inside each other, which means total space taken up is about 7″x2″.  I’ve kept mine in the box for even easier stacking and tidiness.
Total size taken up for the whole set! Nesting pans mean a tidier cupboard
Total size taken up for the whole set! Nesting pans mean a tidier cupboard

My only two downsides:

  • The edges are slightly rounded – good for non-stickability.  I have always preferred straight edges but this is not enough to put me off – the positives definitely outweigh the negatives in this.  The difference is minimal and sharp edges are easily created with buttercream or ganache.

 

  • I’ve found out where my hot spots are in my oven!  This isn’t the fault of the pans, just keep in mind that they may not all cook at the exact same time due to oven temperatures varying.  My pans at the back were cooked a few minutes earlier than the ones in the front.  If you have them on different levels they will cook differently.

 

I would have had a third downside, and that is that the pans are 6″ BUT!  Next week we will have the new 8″ version in stock too!  I’ll definitely be grabbing one of the new sets when they come in.

I hope this review has been helpful.  If you want to find the Easy Layers Pan Set for purchase, click here to be taken to our website for all the details

Finally, the finished products!  The Katherine Sabbath style drip cake is the caramel cake from above; the sprinkles cake is a rainbow layer cake inside.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Wilton Easy Layers Pan

  1. What size/quantity of cake mix do you need to bake five layers? Is it equivalent to a standard 8″ or 9″ cake recipe?

    1. Cake Warehouse

      Yes I think that would be about perfect – the Best Ever Chocolate Cake recipe is a big recipe and would leave about 2 layers spare, so a standard 8″ recipe should be basically right.

  2. Rachel Thompson

    Hi there! Are you please, please, pretty please able to post your favourite vanilla cake recipe? One that is great for making coloured layer cakes. :-)

    1. Cake Warehouse

      I’ve been meaning to but haven’t had a chance to take a good photo! In the meantime, it is the same as the neapolitan cake. Ignore the cake flavourings bit, make the basic batter and add 1/2 c milk when you’re adding the buttermilk.

      Both my vanilla cake and chocolate cake are very similar, but they don’t work for cupcakes!

    2. Cake Warehouse

      What am I talking about, there’s a perfectly good picture of it in this post! Must remember to put Vanilla Cake on the list of upcoming posts.

      1. rachel thompson

        Thank you!!

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