Every once in a while a product comes out that is a total game changer. To me, that game changer is the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan. It’s such a simple concept – a giant cupcake – and can be used for dozens of occasions with endless decorating opportunities.
The first time I bought this pan, I was a senior in college. It was before I worked at Wilton and before I really knew ANYTHING about baking. It was…a disaster. I did not read the instructions at all. I completely overfilled the pan with batter and it spilled all over my oven. My roommates were less than thrilled.
It’s been several years since my first experience with the Giant Cupcake Pan and I have learned many, many things since then. Over the past few years, Wilton has received lots of questions about this amazing pan so I wanted this post to be your one-stop-shop on how to use this pan. Please see the guidelines below:
- Use Cake Release to prepare the pan. You can also use pan spray, just be sure to spray the pan well.
- Use a dense cake with this pan. If using cake mix, prepare your mix this way.
- Top of cake uses 2 ½ cups of batter
- Bottom of cake uses 3 ½ cups of batter
- Bake at 325F for approximately 1 hour. If the top of your cupcake seems to be baking faster than the bottom, tent it with foil halfway through baking to slow it down.
- Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to cooling grid until completely cooled.
- Level both cakes. A helpful hint to level the top of the cupcake: place the cake back in the pan and use the pan as a guide.
- Use icing between the two layers to adhere the top and bottom together.
When it comes to decorating, there are tons of ideas on Wilton.com, but there are also endless opportunities to be creative! You can leave the bottom un-iced like a regular cupcake and just decorate the top, or you can ice them both!
If I had known then what I know now about this pan (or if I had read the instructions, haha) I may have been able to save my roommates from a headache or saved myself the trouble of cleaning burnt batter off of my oven. This cake really is a total show stopper. When you make it for your next event, follow the guidelines above and prepare to be amazed!