This is all great news for budding bakers and kitchen connoisseurs alike but with all of these nifty things available but you might start to find your cupboards become a bit jam-packed with different shapes and sizes of cake and bread tins. What if you could find one tin that could magically transform from one shape to another so you didn't have to have one mould for every occasion? Let me introduce you to the Magic Baking Tin!
Open the sturdy box and you will find 21 metal pieces (curves, angles and straight edges), metal pins that hold the pieces together and a silicon baking mat.
The website says that these pieces (and a little imagination) can create over 100 different shapes. I didn't try to make 100 but think beyond the simple shapes, letters and numbers you might need to be quite creative on the decorating front for the cake to actually look like say, handcuffs, a flying saucer or a flute.
Some of the shapes I did try were really easy to put together - you just need to make sure that the joints of the pieces are smooth on the inside and fix them all together with the metal pins.
To try out the baking tin I wanted to bake something that was fairly straightforward so thought about doing a simple bread but I've seen so many mouthwatering posts on Pinterest about pull-apart garlic bread so decided that was what needed to christen my Magic Baking Tin. A cloud shape seemed the logical option to encase some fluffy garlic bread!
The recipe was simple - I just used the recipe from the side of the strong flour packet (there are also about a zillion bread recipes online that would also work), let the dough rise, roll into balls, dunk into melted butter and garlic then put inside the baking tin. Simple! I put two layers of dough balls in the tin and then let them rise again. I followed the baking instructions from the side of the flour packet and was delighted with what came out!
It was super easy to get the bread out of the tin - I just took out the metal pins and pulled away the side pieces.
As I was baking bread I didn't line the tin but as there are a few little gaps in the joins of the tin the instructions that came in the box recommend lining with baking paper.
If you're a baker, what do you think? Does this sound like something you'd want to try? The good people at from The Magic Baking Tin company have given me a link to use so you if you did want to try it out, you can get 10% off (you just need to fill in your name and email address on the site).
The Good Stuff:
- because you can make so many different shapes, you don't need a different baking tin for every different shape you want to make
- the box it comes in is sturdy and keeps all the pieces together
- nonstick and dishwasher safe
- good quality; it feels tough!
- really good price considering what you get from it
The Not So Good Stuff:
- the instructions were very basic and you need the website for ideas on shapes
- it's a bit gappy by the joints so you would have to line the tin for any runny batters
- if you lost any of the pieces it would limit the shapes you could make (maybe they need to start selling individual pieces and pins?)
*The Magic Baking Tin sent me this for free to try in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.