Popsicle-style cake pans – or pans that make small, flat cakes that can easily be skewered with a popsicle stick for a whimsical presentation of a cupcake – seem to be popping up all over the place lately. I’ve seen heart-shaped caksicles in addition to the classic popsicle-shaped Caksicle. The G&S Design Lollipop Cake Pan is a new spring-themed pan of the same type. The pan features three daisy-shaped cavities, three tulips and two butterflies, for a total of eight cake molds per pan. The pans are nonstick, for an easy release, and have just enough detail that the finished cakes will have a nice shape without too many nooks and crannies for the cake batter to get stuck in during baking. You can bake cake batter in these molds, but can also use them to shape cookie dough or even plain chocolate. The designs can be enjoyed year round, but really are perfect for spring and summer use.
Each pan includes a number of popsicle sticks so you’ll be ready to bake right away. Cookies, shortbread and other dense baked goods hold up well to the popsicle concept. For lighter or more delicate cakes (most, in my experience), the best way to serve these is by pairing up the shapes and sandwiching them together with frosting, inserting the stick and then dipping everything into a glaze (or melted chocolate) to coat the popsicle and keep hold everything in place.