Disney Eats: Captain America Pan Set Review!!

Captain America Pan Set

 

Hello Bakers!

It’s Nelson and I’m back this time with a review for all of you!

First of all, I have to say I LOVE Captain America! He is my favorite Avenger, so I had to buy this pan when it was on sale.

First impressions when I opened the box is the pan was made of a decent metal that was very sturdy. The set includes the pan, the divider and a star cookie cutter. When I first placed the divider into the pan I noticed the divider was elevated a bit. Which means it didn’t fully touch the bottom of the pan. Not sure if this is the case for all the pan sets or just mine. All I did was bend the pieces that hung onto the pan a bit so the divider was flush with the bottom. Simple fix.

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For the cake, I made a Red Velvet cake mix for the red, and then a white cake mix that I then dyed part of it blue for the white and blue parts. I should mention that the size of the cake pan is 10 inches. Anyone who hasn’t baked cakes before, or might not know this, it takes two cake mixes or possibly a double batch of your favorite cake recipe depending on the size of batter your recipe yields. I didn’t notice this until after when I was cleaning up but the divider does have a full line in it where you fill the batter up to. Anyway back to baking.

So I mixed the cake batters following the directions on the box (I used Betty Crocker as the brand this time but anyone who knows me or if you have read previous posts by me, knows I usually swear by Duncan Hines). I filled in the red velvet first, then divided and dyed my batter for the blue. I then filled in the white and blue portions of the shield for Captain America.

Captain America Cake Pan Disney Eats
Captain America Cake Pan Disney Eats

Then came the “not so easy part” in my opinion. The directions then illustrate that you have to remove the divider. I will admit I got a bit scared when I was supposed to do this. I tried to do it fast but that seemed to run the colors together. I am assuming the reason you remove the divider is because it isn’t the kind of metal to withstand the heat of the oven, but the instructions were a bit vague in my opinion. The box does say the whole set is dishwasher safe but not microwave safe (due to obvious reasons). I always wash my pans by hand to help make them last longer.

I then tried to remove the divider slowly which seemed to work better. I did make the mistake of waiting a bit to put the pan into the oven to try and take a picture. The batters started to run together. So another suggestion I’d make (I will do when I use this set again) is don’t wait. Put the pan into the oven RIGHT AFTER removing the divider.

While in the oven I noticed a few things. First I noticed that while baking the Red Velvet part of the cake kind of “took over ” the white on top which worried me a bit. I just was hoping that the blue and white still showed up on the bottom when I flipped the cake out of the pan. I think the reason was probably that they were two different cake mixes.

It also took the Red Velvet a bit longer to bake so the white mix was a bit over baked but not too dry since both the mixes had different baking times. I think it could have been a bit better if I had used the same cake mix.

The reason I decided to not use all white cake mix is that I didn’t want to change the taste of the cake while using a lot of red food coloring. Using too much food coloring could change the taste. Especially when using Red food coloring!! It will give your cake, frosting or whatever you’re dying a bitter taste. There are some companies like Wilton who make a “No Taste Red” food coloring but even then you want to be careful you don’t use too much. I wanted a very vibrant red for the Captain America Shield that’s why I went with a Red Velvet cake mix.

Captain America Cake Pan Disney Eats
Captain America Cake Pan Disney Eats

After baking the cake I did kind of find a “flaw” I guess you can say with the pan set. Although it was cool to dye the cake mix I did realize after taking the cake out of the pan that to get the effect you’d have to serve the cake without icing which would cause the cake to dry out.

To answer my concerns from the previous paragraph, when I flipped the cake out of the pan and twisted the cake I was able to see all the colors from the layers. I didn’t want the cake to dry out before I served it, so I decided to ice it with Cream Cheese Icing. I just dyed the icing and followed the pattern of the cake pan.

Overall, I enjoyed this pan and glad I got it on sale. Personally, I don’t think I would have bought it at full price. I guess I would give this pan a 3 out of 5 Mickeys!! But that’s just after using it once. Maybe if I had used the same cake mix or fix other issues I had then I would like it more.

Well fellow bakers, that’s all I have left to say about this pan set. I made this cake actually for my brothers going away party. He went off to boot camp so Captain America went with the theme. Let me know if you had any questions, comments or concerns. I hope to hear any questions you have.

Be on the lookout for my next Disney Eats product I review; Beauty and the Beast Bread Mold Pan!!!

Thanks for reading everyone!!

Have a magical day!!

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Bird Nest Cupcakes

Hello DisBakers!

Happy Easter weekend everyone, and if you don’t celebrate Easter, Happy Discount Candy Day in a few days. Both are great for different reasons!

Usually my family goes all out on holidays. When I was first dating my husband he couldn’t believe how many family get togethers there was. As time goes on my family gets together less and less. I think most families are like that. As the family grows people get super busy. So this year we are keeping it quiet. Just a little family breakfast and spend some time together.

When I saw Sprinkles Cupcakes promoting their Easter Cupcakes they are serving at Disney Springs I thought they were adorable. They weren’t flashy and complicated like so many holiday cupcakes. They were simple and sweet. I knew we should make them.

The description said the cupcakes were chocolate and since we have their chocolate cake recipe I got to work making them. For the official recipe check out the official source: The Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson.

Today will be making the birds nest design which is the first of the three designs we will make this weekend. First we need to make the cupcake and the frosting before we can discuss how to decorate it.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe:

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (shaken)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 10 tbsps unsalted butter(slightly softened)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large egg

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place cupcake paper liners in a cupcake pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together well.
  4. In a small bowl,  mix together the buttermilk and vanilla.
  5. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, white sugar and the light brown sugar. It will become light and fluffy. Do this on medium-high speed.
  6. Change the speed to medium-low speed, add half the flour mixture, mix, half the milk mixture, mix, remaining flour, mix, remaining milk and mix. Beat well until properly combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Icing:

Yield: 2 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 3 Cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
  • 5 tsp. Whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, and the salt. Mix on medium speed. It will be light and fluffy.
  2. On low speed, slowly add the sugar. Mix well.
  3. On medium speed, slowly add the milk and vanilla. Do not combine too much air while mixing.

Let’s get to decorating!

Ingredients:

  • Shaved Sweetened Coconut
  • Sprinkles Vanilla Icing
  • Sprinkles Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs

Instructions:

  1. In a frying pan, toast the coconut until a light brown colour. Let cool completely.
  2. Frosting the cooled chocolate cupcakes with the vanilla icing.
  3. Scoop the toasted coconut in your hand and press it into the sides of the cupcake. Press firm to make sure the coconut stays.
  4. Place 3 candy coated in the centre of each cupcakes.

I’m happy to say these have been a big fan favourite in my family. I think it’s because they just give off these sweet and happy vibe. They are so tasty too.

Tomorrow we are going to make the Jelly Belly Cupcakes. My family had fun dyeing the coconut and eating jelly beans while making them.

Happy weekend friends!

Win a copy of Eat Like Walt

Eat Like Walt's Marshmallow Pudding

 

Hi DisBakers!

Today I’m super excited to tell you how you can win your very own copy of Eat Like Walt – The Wonderful World of Disney Food by Marcy Carrier Smothers. You’ve heard me talking about it for weeks, and now you can win one. Everyone that I was spoke with about it loves it. Whether you are a history buff, a foodie or a Disney Parks fan, you’ll love owning this book.

Before I tell you how, let’s make a recipe from the book first.

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Eat Like Walt: Tahitian Terrace Punch

Cosgrove Juicers

 

Hi Dis Bakers!

Today we continue our series creating recipes from the book “Eat Like Walt” by Marcy Carrier Smothers. I don’t have to go on about how much I love this book because it’s a lot. I am also excited to tell you this week about the contest we are running so you can win a copy of the book. Stayed tuned on Friday to find out how you can win your very own copy of Eat Like Walt – The Wonderful World of Disney Food.

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The hunt for Disney Park recipes in the parks!

The hunt for Disney Park recipes in the parks!

 

Dear DisBakers,

This Disney community is filled with some pretty rad people Whether they have blogs, vlogs, small shops, and everything in between, they are spreading the Disney love.

Today we are teaming up with some awesome Disney bloggers to share some Disney Tips. Follow the link after this article to learn a variety of tips you need to know before your next trip.

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Disney Community Spotlight: Obscure Disney Podcast

Obscure Disney Podcast

Hi happy bakers,

You guys have really liked in the past when we showcased members of the Disney community. We have talked about bloggers, vloggers, and podcasters. If they are part of the Disney community, we want to promote them. Around here we believe there is enough room in this community for everyone to succeed. It might sound cheesy but if we just help each other out then we will all shine.

Today in our Disney Community spotlight we are talking about the Obscure Disney Podcast. They have new episodes ever Tuesdays and Thursday. I listen to them on iTunes and you can find all their information at www.obscuredisneypodcast.com .

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Eat Like Walt – Chris’s Cold Pie

Hello DisBakers,

How is this beautiful ________ (fill in day you are reading this) day going?

I’m currently sitting down enjoying a piece of pie, it is Pi Day after all. You know the 3.14###### thing? Like a lot of people, those are the only numbers I know. Side note: Have you seen those genius children who can recite the number to 100 decimal points? They make me wonder what I’m doing with my life. At the age of 6 they are already smarter than I am. Sorry I went off topic.

Today we are continuing our series baking our way through the book “Eat Like Walt – The Wonderful World of Disney Food” by Marcy Carriker Smothers. If you have been following the blog series or our social media, you’ll know I’m a big fan. Big like how much Canadians love hockey and how much puppy’s loves treats. Real big fan.

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Disney Friends Loop

Hey DisBakers,

Today we have a special blog post, and I’ve been really looking forward to sharing it with you.

We have teamed up with a bunch of other Disney community bloggers for a Disney Friends blog loop. Basically this means you read this post and when you are done click NEXT and you will be sent to another really great blogger. Help us share the Disney community love around. This is not like that thing that went around your college dorm… sorry let’s keep it PG.

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