I have been admiring book cakes for some time and was looking forward to making one into a bible for my daughter's First Communion next year. So, I was really excited to get the opportunity to try out a Book-Shaped Cake Pan from Gone Reading, a site dedicated to selling tons of great gift ideas for people who love a good book. The Wilton Book-Shaped Cake Pan is approximately 16″ wide x 12″ tall x 2-1/2″ deep and takes three cake mixes. It also includes decorating instructions.
Review: The possibilities with this cake pan are truly endless. Cake ideas include creating a yearbook for a graduate, a bible for a communion or confirmation, a children's book for a baby shower, or a illustrations from a favorite book for a birthday. We love the Harry Potter series so I decided it would be fun to make a cake that represents Tom Riddle's diary from The Chamber of Secrets.
The cake was quite large (about 1/2 sheet). I did have a bit of difficulty with the pan. Despite really greasing it well, I either left the cake in the pan too long after cooling or the pan does not do to well with very moist cakes because it crumbled quite a bit when I tried to remove it. I was able to piece most of it back together nicely with some help of frosting.
Besides having more crumbs show than I would have liked due to the crumbling, the final cake did turn out good considering I was only making this cake to test out the pan. I used a whipped frosting but would probably suggest using fondant or a buttercream to achieve a bit more definition.
It was a nice test run with the pan and I look forward to making my daughter's First Communion cake with it next year!
Buy it here: You can purchase the Book-Shaped Cake Pan from Gone Reading for $22.99.
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