Back around Valentine’s Day, Williams-Sonoma was promoting a fantastic little pan that produced cupcakes and muffins with heart-shaped crowns. The trick to that pan was a shallow, heart-shaped depression in the pan’s surface around each of the muffin cavities. When the cups were filled up to the top, the batter would spread as they baked and form a heart top.
As much as I liked those, I think I have to give Chicago Metallic’s Daisy Cupcake Pan a nod for being even sweeter than the heart pan. The nonstick pan operates on much the same principle as the heart pan, but has more pronounced depressions for forming the petals of the daisies for a slightly better shape and a more dramatic – by which I mean “adorable,” in this case – effect. Plus, the pan makes a full batch of 12 muffins, rather than the 6 of the heart pan.