I have been baking with Wilton pans pretty much all of my adult life. Once I discovered the non-stick Wilton pans, I never looked back! They are fabulous pans that are available in a lot of different shapes and sizes.
I confess that as a newlywed (over 30 years ago), baking in my own first kitchen and having very limited funds, I was enticed by the lower price of the basic aluminum cake pans. It didn't take very long for me to realize they weren't worth the cost of an ugly cake. I don't remember burning any cakes in those old aluminum pans, but they did stick, even when coated with shortening, and tear chunks out of my cakes when trying to remove the cake from the pan. Then I had to force the chucks in place & "glue" them with icing. That simply didn't make a very pretty cake, even if the cake did taste good. I kid you not, once I tried the Wilton non-stick baking pans, I tossed those aluminum pans and never shed a tear.
Of course, there are a few downsides to the non-stick coating. For one, you don't want to use a sharp knife to cut a sheet cake still in the pan. Plus, it is best to wash the pans by hand and not in the dishwasher. Yes, they are dishwasher safe, but the coating will last a lot longer if you hand-wash them. Is it worth it? You bet! I would much rather hand wash a non-stick pan than to try to "glue" a cake back together.
You now know why I love Wilton baking pans, but I have found another use for a specific size Wilton pan that I must share! The 18" x 12" Perfect Results pan is my favorite to date.
The 18" x 12" Wilton Perfect Results Cake Pan
Of course the 18" x 12" size is perfect for baking a huge crowd pleasing cake. It is simply doubling or tripling a cake recipe (16 cups of cake batter) to fill and will serve 54 people depending on the serving size. The number 54 is based on cutting 2" square cake pieces. If you need to serve more, you could cut smaller piece. If you use boxed cake mix, according to Wilton, it will take 4 boxes.
But, this huge cake pan is NOT JUST for cakes!
I use mine for dinners like my manicotti (holds 14 stuffed manicotti shells - 1 box) & enchiladas (holds 18 stuffed enchiladas). Using this one pan is so much easier than splitting the meal and cleaning two standard casserole dishes. Plus, I love how lightweight it is when filled! I can easily put it in the oven and lift it out myself. Because of the 12" width, I can easily place the enchiladas end to end without mashing the ends together to force a fit like was required in a 10" wide casserole dish.
In addition to the manicotti & the enchiladas, I recently baked 6 pork chops on a bed of wild rice & soup. The meat was perfect and tender, and so was the rice. Therefore, it can be used for meat as well as pasta meals.
The size fits in my 27" wall oven without touching the oven sides.
It is so nice to be able to cook an entire recipe of manicotti or enchiladas all at one time in one oven. Previously, I either had to use both of my ovens for just the main course, or cook one dish, set aside and cook the second dish.
When cooking for a large family, or cooking a recipe that will provide enough leftovers for a second meal, having this 18" x 12" baking pan is essential.
One word of caution: I found out the hard way that reheating leftovers is this pan is not advisable. Sadly, I ruined my first pan that way. When reheating, the residue on the sides from the eaten half burned on the pan and took the non-stitch coating off with it when cleaning. So, do move leftovers into a different pan for reheating.
Wilton is a name we all associate with baking cakes, cupcakes & desserts. However, their non-stitch pans should not be limited to just baking cakes in our homes. They can do so much more!
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