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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.