Nordic Ware Tree Cake Pan
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.
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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Nordic Ware Tree Cake Pan
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