A few years ago I discovered the joy of Nordic Ware pans. This company created the origianl bundt pan and they've taken their creations to wonderful heights. The pans are usually quite expensive, but when I find them on sale I snap them up! They come in "standard" designs and flights of fancy for every conceivable occasion and holiday. They're coated with non-stick finishes, but I never use them unless they've been liberally sprayed with non-stick coating. I don't want to risk a cake breaking up when it's inverted to cool. I've amassed quite a nice collection of these now and these are some of my favourites.
This was my first one was a real steal at Williams-Sonoma - I found the pumpkin patch loaf pan one December for $9.99, reduced from around $48!
My former boss was always very generous with gift cards at Christmas, which is why I didn't worry about a sale when I picked up the castle pan. Both the girls and the guys in our family get a kick out of this one and it's been used for quite a few birthdays. It looks really cute with flags on the tops of the towers and I'm looking for some knights in armour and a little dragon to use one day. ;)
(All photos courtesy Google.com)
The gingerbread cake with orange glaze was made in my most recent acqusition, the "Heritage" pan. It made the most crisp, lovely edges on the bundt cake and, even though the cake was very tender, it removed from the pan absolutely cleanly. You can see the results in my previous post and I know I'll be using that pan as one of my "regulars" in the future.
I highly recommend all of the Nordic Ware pans and don't expect to stop buying them any time soon!