Baking Tip: It’s All About the Details!

Baking, Cook, Learn, Tips & Techniques

It’s easy to be intimidated by some of the intricately detailed cakelet or Bundt pans gracing the pages of the Williams-Sonoma catalog. But in fact, these pans were specifically designed so anybody can create beautifully decorated baked goods with minimal effort.


Just follow these easy tips and you’ll surely impress friends and family alike at your next dinner party, birthday, or celebration.


Use a pastry brush to apply shortening evenly over the pan. Make sure to coat all of the tiny nooks and crannies.
Flour the pan, tilting it to coat the bottom and sides. Flip the pan upside down and dump out any excess flour.
Pour and Tap
Fill the pan with batter and gently tap it on your kitchen counter. This helps remove air bubbles that may distort detail on the finished baked good.
Using a small spatula, carefully spread the batter to the bottom edge of the pan. As the batter rises, it will cling to the edges and capture all of the detail.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar or coat with a simple sugar glaze.


About the author: Jillian Locks

Jillian’s love affair with food began shortly after she joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and was delighted by all of the amazing produce delivered in her weekly food box. If she’s not frequenting local farmer’s markets, she’s usually covered in flour from testing new baking products in the Williams-Sonoma kitchen. As the bakeware buyer, Jillian spends her working days brainstorming product ideas that help customers make beautiful, tasty treats at home.

6 comments about “Baking Tip: It’s All About the Details!

  1. Jacqueline

    These look delightful! Can’t wait to try them out, I’d love to get the recipe!

  2. Meghan

    Too cute! I love getting amazing results (and praised for it) with little effort. Ideal for someone with little free time to bake. Thanks for sharing, Jillian. Are these pans typically available in the store?

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