Although the weather in all parts of the country might not reflect it at the moment, fall will be here before we know it with color-changing leaves, cool evenings and plenty of excuses to bake spice cake and pumpkin pie. Another thing that might give you an excuse to make some spice cake is the new Autumn Cakelet Pan. The pan bakes 16 small cakes in the shapes of acorns, pumpkins, autumn leaves and turkeys. I actually really the mix of designs because, not only are they all very appropriate for fall, but it is easy to use just a few of the cavities at a time to get a whole set of matching cakes for Halloween (pumpkins) or for Thanksgiving (turkeys). The cakelets are a bit larger than some similar designs I’ve seen in previous years, so the shapes and details will be clearer in the finished cakes.
As the pan is manufactured by Nordic Ware, it is made of heavy duty cast aluminum and the pan is thick and durable enough to allow you to fill only the cavities that you want to use if you do want to make a matching set (just remove the cakes and allow pan to cool before refilling, if you’re not going to use all the shapes at once). The pan also has a nonstick coating that should make the cakes easy to remove. I’ve generally had very good results with the release even on very detailed pans from Nordic Ware, so the designs on the cakelets should come out clearly and make the little cakes easy to decorate.