Nordic Ware Tree Cake Pan
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Create a stunning finish to a holiday meal with a festive, three-dimensional tree cake. Pulled from Nordic Ware's archives, this clever pan yields two halves of a highly detailed Christmas tree – including branches, ornaments and a star at the top – which can be put together with icing and then decorated. Crafted of cast-aluminum with our exclusive nonstick finish, it releases cakes smoothly and easily, with defined, awe-inspiring details.
- Makes a three-dimensional cake in the shape of a Christmas tree.
- Durable cast-aluminum construction ensures even baking and beautifully defined details.
- Our exclusive nonstick finish guarantees fast release and makes cleanup a breeze.
- Sold individually or as a set with our Williams Sonoma Quick Bread mixes.
- Made in USA by Nordic Ware, a family-owned company famous for its fine bakeware since 1946.
- Dimensions & More Info
- 12" x 12" x 3" high.
- 10-cup cap.
- Made in USA.
- Use & Care
- Before each use, wash pan with hot, soapy water.
- Oven safe to 400°F.
- Use only wood, silicone, plastic or other nonmetal utensils to avoid scratching the surface.
- For best results, brush pan with a nonstick baking spray with flour. Turn pan upside down and tap to remove excess flour. These steps will help ensure easy release and excellent pattern definition.
- When pouring in batter, begin with a small amount, making sure that the liquid fills in all of pan's details. Pour in remaining batter.
- To prevent overflow, do not fill more than 3/4 full.
- Gently tap pan on counter several times to release excess air bubbles from batter.
- After baking, cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- To unmold, tap pan firmly a few times. Invert onto a cooling rack and lift pan away.
- Allow cake to cool completely before decorating.
- Hand-wash. Dry thoroughly.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners such as metal scouring pads, as they can damage the surface.
- A soft sponge or kitchen brush will remove baked-on food particles. You may need to scrub lightly.
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- Gingerbread Cake Recipe
3 3/4 cups (15 oz./470 g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
18 Tbs. (9 oz./280 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups (1 lb./500 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
3/4 cup (8 1/4 oz./260 g) molasses
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) water
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously butter the wells of the Tree Cake Pan and dust with flour, or spray with Bak-Klene.
In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, add the eggs and egg yolks one at a time and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the speed to low, add the molasses and vanilla and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds.
With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture and slowly pour in half of the water. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and water. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat on medium speed for 10 seconds.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling each well about three-fourths full, and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan on a baking sheet. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. If the top begins to darken too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto the rack and let cool completely. Using a sharp knife, carefully trim the domed cakes to create a flat surface. Using frosting, assemble the cakes into a tree, then decorate or frost as desired. Makes 1 cake.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Sitges from Beautiful Tree Cake!!! I made it and it came out beautiful, cake didn't get burned or got stuck to the cake pan. Put some confectioner' sugar on top of it and the cake looked really nice.Date published: 2018-11-22Rated 1 out of 5 by lovemykitchenforever from SKIP this one! top of cake burns until the rest is done... AND... cake sticks terribly.Date published: 2018-01-09Rated 1 out of 5 by CTGirl from The Cake got stuck in all the tiny groves First, This cake pan does not have baking instructions - you have to guesstimate how long to bake your cake. (I went online to find the answers) This also does not give you an optimal cake recipe, leading you experiment what will work best for this cake pan. I sprayed the cake pan very generously.... The cake was stuck in the little grooves, I had to pull chunks of cake out.. disaster. I am unable to return the pan because I bought it after the holiday.Date published: 2018-01-08Rated 5 out of 5 by Cassadaga from Make a Forest! I used vegetable shortening and followed up with a pastry brush to get into the fine detail of the design. I dusted the mold with flour and tapped out the excess. I used two loaf/pound cake mixes, one for each cavity. I nudged the batter into the star and the side branches of the tree. I didn't document the baking time. It was more than 35 minutes, but less than an hour. The cakes released beautifully. Unfortunately I did not read, the reviews before I leveled the cakes with a serrated knife while they were still in the pan...I scratched the edges of my pan. However, the cake halves matched perfectly and the seam was well hidden. I tinted a vanilla glaze/icing and drizzled it over the top and garnished it with crushed peppermint candy canes. I placed it on a pedestal cake stand and served it with fresh whipped cream. The cake stood up straight on its own with no toothpicks or skewers for support. I soaked the pan and used a wooden skewer to remove any crumbs, before hand washing. My most difficult challenge was figuring out how to slice the cake without ruining the design. I'll take that challenge any day. The cake disappeared so quickly, I will need to bake a forest in the future! I love this pan!Date published: 2017-12-13Rated 4 out of 5 by enjay54 from Pretty but you need 4 hands! It made a pretty village scene. Maybe this year I'll decorate it instead of just powdered sugar "snow" it's impressive to others, but easy to do. Also used the little village cake pan.Date published: 2017-12-03Rated 5 out of 5 by TX Bound from Fantastic design I have had this for awhile and love it. It's easy to clean as is all of the NordicWare spray a light coat if Pam before using and it comes out Beautifully. In case you have little crumbs just use a soft brush (small soft tooth brush works great too). These are truly quality pans. I wouldn't bake in anything else.Date published: 2017-10-10Rated 5 out of 5 by ItalianGirlcanCook from But it is difficult to clean i let coconut oil get liquid to first to coat every nook & cranny, and then when i wash it, i take cotton swabs to get any stuck cooked cake out of the tiny nooks & cranny. it takes extra time, but you really would have to Love to bake in order to use this....I simply believe it is worth the effort. cakes come out Beautiful in Nordic ware.Date published: 2016-12-08Rated 5 out of 5 by KathyRhodes from One BIG Christmas Tree This Tree Cake Pan is Large!!! With just a dusting of Non-stick spray...but NO flour, your Christmas bread or cake will pop right out! This tree is impressive. I was not expecting it to be as tall and pretty as it turns out! Be sure to put this one on your order form. It is worth the investment as the quality also impressive and the non stick finish is easily cleaned! Have fun with this wonderful cake pan!Date published: 2016-11-21
I bought this cake pan last year and really struggled to find a recipe that worked. Suggestions???Hi Phoenix103, We have developed a Gingerbread Cake recipe that works with the Nordic Ware Tree Cake Pan. You can view the recipe on the product information page by clicking on the "Gingerbread Cake Recipe" tab: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/nordic-ware-tree-cake-pan-2016/Date published: 2018-11-23
Does anyone have tips for how to bake this? This issue I had last year was with the tip of the cake burning; the top three inches of the pan is so shallow that it browns much more quickly. I tried covering that part in foil; is there a better way?