Why I Love (And Love To Hate) Specialty Cake Pans


Note to any secret admirers, this cake pan would totally be welcome on my doorstep. Just sayin'.

When I first stared writing this entry, I was convinced that I wasn’t a fan of specialty cake pans. But, um, upon further reflection, that’s not exactly the case. It’s not that I think they’re practical, or useful, or particularly well made. In fact, in my head I know that they’re just a way for stores to sell more bakeware around the holidays.

But in my heart? I seriously I love them. Like, love them. They appeal to everything that is girly and cutsey and domestic in me. Every time Williams-Sonoma sends me an email desperately hocking their latest cake pan (in case you haven’t heard, things aren’t so good in the profit arena), I kind of secretly want to buy them.

My latest obsession? This Oreo cookie sandwich shaped cake pan. I know that it’s the most impractical thing ever and we have no more room in our cabinets – but, OMG, I want it! I would totally make a chocolate cake and fill it with the mint frosting I used on the whoopie pies.

So, all my secret admirers, take note: I wouldn’t turn this down if it showed up on my doorstep. Not at all. I might even write a post about it.

Photo via Williams-Sonoma.



  1. Rebecca said

    The problem is, how often will you make the Oreo cookie cake, and how much of your kitchen storage will it occupy? I am wondering when I will ever make a rubber duckie cake again… and if I do I’ll need to plan ahead on how exactly I plan on cutting it. But I digress, because cutting a specialty cake is another issue entirely. Specialty cake pans are like wedding dresses. It had better be a pretty important event to necessitate something you will only use once. The rubber duckie was for a baby shower for my best friend so that qualifies.

  2. moderndomestic said

    Oh, I know – specialty cake pans are completely ridiculous and impractical and take up valuable storage space in one’s kitchen. But it’s like jewelry – it’s not something you ever really need, but it’s something that you always lust after.

  3. Bonnie said

    Has Wonk weighed in on the speciality cake pan issue? I would be happy to buy it for you but I don’t want to incur his wrath. Mom

    • moderndomestic said

      Hah, Mom, you totally don’t have to buy me a specialty cake pan – in my heart of hearts I know I would just use it once and then it would forever take up space in our tiny kitchen. I just like to lust after them. Really.

      And I think it would drive Wonk up the wall to have even less cabinet space than we already do.

  4. Oh my gosh. Are you kidding me? That is the cutest thing I’ve seen all year. I totally need that cake pan for my grand children. Maybe I waste money on things like this but hey, what is life without a little baking fun?

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