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I had the chance to test out a Baker's Advantage Fillables 2-Piece Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 10-Inch Set of 1 Gray" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" label=" (opens in a new tab)">two-layer round cake pan from Fillables, which enables bakers to create cakes with surprise pockets of fillings hidden in the cake!
My kit came with two, nonstick cake pans: a standard round pan for the top layer and a bottom-layer pan with twelve bumps evenly spaced in a ring.
The manual that comes with the pans has a few basic cake and frosting recipes, and suggestions for fillings that include candies, fruit, marshmallows... even cereal!
The first cake I decided to try with these pans was my husband's favorite: Boston Cream Pie (which is really a cake.) I used recipes from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion for a light Butter Cake and Pastry Cream filling.
Though the manual does not call for it, I used a light coating of cooking spray on the inside of both pans to ensure easy release of the baked cake - especially the bottom layer. Both layers baked up beautifully and came out without a problem, and I was really relieved that the bottom layer had all the pockets intact.
Once completely cooled I filled all the pockets with the pastry cream.
I also spread pastry cream in a layer over the filled pockets to make the traditional middle of a Boston Cream Pie that peeks out beneath the top layer of cake.
A smooth, chocolate ganache poured over the top completed this simple but oh so delicious cake! (I mean pie... but it's cake.)
Each slice of the Boston Cream Pie had its own center of sweet cream, which in my opinion you can't have too much of. It was a pleasant twist on a classic cake.
My second cake with the Baker's Advantage Fillables 2-Piece Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 10-Inch Set of 1 Gray" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" label=" (opens in a new tab)">Fillables pans was for work. I used another King Arthur Flour recipe, this time a rich and dark Devil's Food cake. This recipe called for greasing and then dusting the pan with cocoa powder, and as before both layers baked up perfectly. More importantly there were no issues with getting the cakes out to cool.
For this chocolate cake I made a simple, stove-top raspberry sauce by simmering raspberries with sugar until it was thick. Once this sauce cooled I spooned it into the pockets. I then spread a thick layer of buttercream frosting over the pockets, topping it with the second cake layer. Dusted with confectioner's sugar and finished with a swirl of caramel sauce, it was a eye-catching and decadent dessert. And it was quickly devoured!
These two recipes in my opinion really put the pans to the test: with no coating of frosting on the sides to hide tears or divots, it was crucial that the cakes be able to cleanly release from the pans. And they did!
With the raspberry sauce filling I was a little concerned that it might soak through the bottom of the pockets, but thankfully it stayed put. This is dependent on the type of cake and wet filling you might choose of course, but having the pockets smooth and perfectly formed helps keep the fillings where you want them.
Since the pockets are filled after baking, you can really get creative with cake/frosting/filling combinations.
I even used it to create a King Cake for Mardi Gras. Those pockets made a perfect hiding spot for the baby!
These pans would be fun for new or seasoned bakers, and also to use while baking with kids! Baker's Advantage Fillables 2-Piece Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 10-Inch Set of 1 Gray" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" label=" (opens in a new tab)">RBaker's Advantage Fillables 2-Piece Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 10-Inch Set of 1 Gray" target="_blank">ead more about the Fillable Cake Pans, see the styles available and order your own.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by the companies.
Hi Lauri, If you’re using using both pans you’ll need two boxes of cake mix. You’re right that the layers are thick, but you can add a generous layer of frosting between the two to help balance out the cake-to-filling ratio. Or you could just bake a single layer if you’d rather - that would be delicious too!
I can't find any info on whether to let the cakes cool before removing from the pans. Can you help?
Hi Pam, Let the cakes cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes - having them still be a little warm will help them release cleanly from the pans. Run a plastic knife or thin spatula around the edges before turning out the cake. I also lightly greased the pans before adding the batter for extra insurance against sticking. I hope these tips reached you in time and are helpful!
I like the idea .. but i think the fop pan is useless ...if you stack it. To much cake and not enought filling.
If you need another round cake pan ..the top will be fine.
Will both pans use a single cake mix combimed??
Hi, I received my Fillables pan today. Could you tell me if its possible to use ordinary sponge cake mix in these tins and if so what would the cooking time be 3
Thanks Ros. X
Hi Ros! The pans are nonstick so they should work just fine with any cake recipe. As for the baking time, I would follow the recommended baking time you normally use for cake pans the same size as your Fillables pan. (I have the 10" round Fillables pan, so that would mean baking my cakes for what the recipe recommends for 10" round cake pans.) One tip: with baking in general, always set the timer for 5-10 minutes less than what's listed - this will give you the chance to test both cake pans for doneness and avoid over-baking. A toothpick inserted in the cakes should come out clean.
Have fun with your Fillables pans! What flavor cake & filling are you trying first?
Both cakes look and sound delicious! I love Boston Cream pie! I'll have to try this recipe!
Thanks Jennifer! I hope you will, and let me know how it comes out.
would love more ideas on how to use these pans.
Hi Joanne! I know, aren't these pans cool? To start, check out the company's Pinterest page: http://pin.it/Ihbav-U. There are some neat ideas there. And stay tuned to my blog because I have more ideas in the works!
What a neat idea for a Boston Cream Pie Nan! Interesting pan.
Thanks Mom! ❤️
this I have to have !! so much fun and those cakes look so yummy
Thanks Abby! The pan is very neat.
This cake looks amazing! I bet it was delicious. What a really cool pan!
It's very cool, I have more ideas for it too, so hopefully more unique cake posts to come!