How to Use a Wilton 3D Train Cake Pan

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How to Use a Wilton 3D Train Cake Pan
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Children often enjoy birthday celebrations highlighted by a birthday cake designed to complement their favourite theme. Parents sometimes order custom-made cakes, yet Wilton's products offer parents the chance to make their child's birthday cake at home. The Wilton 3D Cake pan gives users the ability to make a standing 3D train cake that will delight even the most discriminating of junior train enthusiasts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pastry brush
  • Solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Cake mix that yields 6 cups of batter
  • Household string or wire
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Serving platter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dip a pastry brush in solid vegetable shortening to coat the bristles. Brush the inside of the Wilton 3D cake pan with vegetable shortening to coat the entire pan, including indentations.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle 2 tbsp of flour inside the shortening-covered pan and shake the pan to distribute the flour. Turn the pan upside-down, over a sink or waste container to eliminate excess flour. Inspect the pan, and, if any shiny spots appear, apply more shortening and flour.

  3. 3

    Make the cake batter according to the mix or recipe instructions. Ensure the batter equals 6 cups before mixing.

  4. 4

    Pour the batter into the front half of the pan. The batter will come up to the rim of the pan. Snap the other half of the pan in place on top of the front half, and tie the pans together tightly, in two places, to keep the pans in place when the cake batter cooks and rises.

  5. 5

    Place the pans in the oven, at the recommended temperature, on a baking tray. Remove the pans when done and cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove the top half of the cake pan carefully and allow the cake to cool an additional 5 minutes. Replace the top half, flip the cake over and remove the bottom pan. Allow cake to cool for at least 4 hours before removing cake and placing it upright on a serving platter.

Tips and warnings

  • Use vegetable oil spray or vegetable oil pan spray and flour as a substitute for solid vegetable shortening or both solid vegetable shortening and flour.
  • Wilton.com recommends pound cake, yellow or chocolate cake batter, packaged mixes or your personal recipe as choices for the 3D train cake.
  • Do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil to grease the pan.

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