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baking a molded cake?

CHandGreeson's picture

I just unearthed my grandma's lamb cake!! It's a two-piece, light aluminum mold, probably circa 1945. I have never made a cake in it, but I feel an Easter challenge coming on.

Does anyone have experience in these? Do you have any advice? I am a very experienced baker, just not in a mold!

sandermom's picture

(post #63465, reply #1 of 13)

FWIW, and I don't even know if you can still get this, I was told that a Dromedary pound cake mix perfectly fills "the" lamb cake mold but you need to remove 1/2 cup of the batter because you have to bake that in a custard cup and when that's done the cake needs 15 minutes more and then it will be done, too.  If you follow these instructions you are braver than I.  All that goofiness said...long, long ago I did one and I followed those instructions and damned if it didn't work.  It was just so bizarre I remembered it.  I do know that to be on the safe side I let the cake cook in the oven overnight.  Are you going to decorate it with coconut?

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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #63465, reply #3 of 13)

There are little bunny ramekins somewhere, they must be for the excess batter.

And, yes! I am going to decorate with coconut and little jelly beans and white, creamy frosting. I even have a picture of my grandma holding the cake.

Maybe I should try it on a test run...

Biscuits's picture

(post #63465, reply #2 of 13)

OMG, I remember those things!  Wow - that sounds like fun!


Don't you just fill each half, bake, and then ice the two halves together?  That's what I'd do.  I'd make a bed on a baking sheet of crunched up aluminum foil to hold the halves level.


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sandermom's picture

(post #63465, reply #4 of 13)

Well, duh...where's the adventure in that!  And your plan makes complete sense.  Maybe even better than foil would be pie beans from blind baking or even rock salt.

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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #63465, reply #5 of 13)

I googled lamb cake and came across a printed description that said to fill half the mold and then place toothpicks in and then close the top and bake with the top on.

Hmmmm....maybe I'll email villaware, which still sells the molds.

RheaS's picture

(post #63465, reply #6 of 13)

The April Marth Stewart Living magazine has a lamb cake that was baked using the molds. There's instructions and pictures. It's just like Biscuit said, put cake batter in each half, bake, and "glue" together with frosting. They did tight white chocolate curls with ends facing out for the "wool." They had some cute Easter cake ideas although the Easter bunny is probably Biscuit's nightmare come to life. The bunny was covered with miniature marshmallows. The hen looks fabulous and I may just make it for Easter. The cake is baked in a bowl and carved into the hen shape.

Biscuits's picture

(post #63465, reply #7 of 13)

COVERED in MARSHMALLOWS????  (Biscuit faints...after she throws up)


Yesterday I was at my favorite ice-cream place, looking for vanilla ice-cream for The Boy's birthday party.  I noticed they had a new flavor - Banana Sundae!  Oh, how excited was I, because I ADORE banana ice-cream!  I grabbed a tub, and luckily, read the description underneath the name.  It was banana ice-cream with fudge swirls, toasted pecans, and - MARSHMALLOW bits!  I almost cried.  Why, oh why, would anyone ruin a perfectly good banana ice-cream with marshmallows? (sad...)


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Gretchen's picture

(post #63465, reply #8 of 13)

But maybe since the cake was Martha's the marshmallows are homemade!

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RheaS's picture

(post #63465, reply #9 of 13)

Nope... not homemade. Those miniature marshmallows out of the bag that some people put in their hot chocolate.

MadMom's picture

(post #63465, reply #10 of 13)

Speaking of marshmallows, unlike Biscuit, I really like them, especially home made ones.  I was in W-S the other day, and they had theirs on sale for 75% off.  Well, of course, saying "75% off" to me is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.  I bought a bag of the chocolate ones.  Yuck.  If anyone else is tempted, save your money.  My home made ones are sooooo much better.  I'm hoping that these will be more edible if dropped into a cup of cocoa.



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soccermom's picture

(post #63465, reply #13 of 13)

<75% off" to me is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.>


We bought those WS chocolate marshmallows at 75% off about 6 weeks ago and they were gruesome then; god knows how much preservative is in them since they've been in the stores since at least November. No one in our family would eat a second one, so they went straight in the garbage.


 


 


 

 

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #63465, reply #11 of 13)

Actually I sort of knew that. Just razzing Biscuit.

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Nihon's picture

(post #63465, reply #12 of 13)

Skip the stuff from Mitchell's and just get a container of Ben&Jerry's Chunky Monkey instead. Huge chocolate chunks and walnuts in banana ice cream, nary a marshmallow in sight.