Most shaped cake pans go for “fancy” or “cute” when it comes to design. The fancy pans include some of the more elaborate bundt pans, the kind that have lots of nooks and crannies that look gorgeous when they are done, but are difficult to get out of the pan. The cute pans include everything from giant sized sandwich cookie pans to pans that produced cakes shaped like little animals or hearts. The Fat Bug Cake Pan, as you might suspect from the name, falls into neither of these categories. Most of the cake pans that feature bugs focus on the cute ones: ladybugs, butterflies, honeybees. This one is large and fairly simple looking pan that is shaped like a larvae.
It would be hard – even with big puppy-dog type eyes to attach – to stretch this pan to be cute, but it does have a niche. You could easy make a cake with some ick-factor for a little boy’s birthday party by covering the cake with white chocolate (or just white frosting) and putting it on a bed of chocolate cake crumbs to simulate dirt. The same goes for halloween, where a creepy cake would be perfect. If you really have to stretch it and want to use the pan more than just once a year, you could even use this as a pan to shape a loaf of no-knead bread into an approximation of a braided loaf, but being a big fat bug is definitely what it does best.