Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I was not financially compensated for this post.
While I cook pretty much daily, I don't bake or make desserts that often. When I do make desserts, I rarely make cakes, as the whole process is honestly a bit intimidating to me. I get easily stressed out about maintaining their shape and decorating them in a way I can be happy with. Though lately I have been thinking about giving it another chance and facing my fear of cake-making.
It felt fortuitous when I heard about a cake pan from Trudeau that had won an award at the
2017 Housewares Design Awards (honoring products offering design innovation and new ways for improving everyday living) and was offered the chance to review this cake pan myself. Anything that could take some of the possibility for error out of the cake-making process was enough for me to give it a try. I made my first cake using this pan this past weekend, and today I am sharing my full review. Thanks to Trudeau and C.I. Visions for the opportunity to review this product!
I received the Trudeau 9" Structure Round Cake Mold, which has an integrated steel frame. The main part of its form is made from silicone, which is non-stick and allows for easy removal from the pan. It is also safe for the freezer and microwave, which was surprising given that the pan is still rigid around the top (which allows the mold to hold its shape).
According to Trudeau President Philippe Trudeau, “Our pan designs allow baked goods to cook evenly, brown better and release from the pans while holding form every time. The reinforced steel rim provides a sturdy frame to transfer baked goods effortlessly from prep to oven to table, and to hold shape and form during the baking process."
Let's see how it stood up to my first test!
I had some extra dark chocolate fudge cake batter leftover from the cupcakes and cake pops I made for my Oscar party last weekend, so I decided to make a single-layer round cake for the party with the leftovers.
The cake did cook very evenly, however it took at least five minutes longer than the recipe instructed (which is why you can see so many toothpick poke marks in the photo above). Perhaps this is because of the silicone itself, or the dark silicone coating. Either way, it still cooked evenly, though took longer than expected.
I found it interesting to see that the cake actually pulled itself away from the edges of the pan during the baking process (as you can see in the photo above). It did this without sacrificing its shape, and it stayed perfectly round.
While the overall shape stays because of the rigid reinforced ring on top, as you can see, the main body of the pan is completely flexible. I did use some non-stick spray, but as you can see the cake just lifted right out of the pan as I flexed it.
Not a spec was left stuck to the pan! I didn't use a knife or spatula to remove the cake... I just flexed the mold.
...and bam! Just like that, the pan pops back into shape.
I left the cake to cool completely (as it was still warm after removing it from the pan) before attempting the very minimal decoration I had in mind.
To coordinate with the star theme of my Oscar party, I cut out a star (using a large star cookie cutter as a guide) from some cardstock, and placed it on top of the cake. I then sifted some confectioner's sugar over the cake before removing the cardstock star. This left a blank star decoration on top of the cake.
Overall I was very pleased with how this cake mold worked for me! It was effortlessly easy to remove the cake from the pan, the cake didn't stick or crumble, and the cake was fluffy and evenly cooked (no burnt edges). The only thing I'd note is that the cooking time seemed to take longer than usual.
Fab Everyday gives this one a stamp of approval! It might even result in my making more cakes! If you want to give it a try yourself, click here to get your own Trudeau reinforced silicone cake mold. If you do, let me know how it works for you and show me what you make with yours by commenting below, or hitting me up on social media (@fabeverydayblog on all channels)!