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11/26/2013 10:04 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

The Best Cake Pans For Spectacular Desserts

By Lynn Andriani

Whether you're baking from scratch or using a boxed mix, these molds are an easy way to make a spectacular dessert.

  • A Modern Take on an Old-School Sweet
    Sur La Table
    This mini pineapple upside-down cake pan is both on-trend (cakelets: so hot right now) and retro (when's the last time you had a cake with a pineapple ring on it?). $36 | SurLaTable.com
  • A Reason to Start Saying, "It's Time to Make the Cake"
    Nordic Ware
    Three words: Giant donut cake. Oh, and don't forget the sprinkles. $19 | Amazon.com
  • The Cakewich Everyone Will Be Talking About
    Fred & Friends
    The plain old PB&J becomes a thing of beauty when you turn it into a cake. It's easy with this silicone mold, which is shaped like a big slice of sandwich bread. Once you bake the cake, remove it from the pan and slice it in half horizontally, spread the inside layers with peanut-butter frosting and jelly (or marshmallow fluff). $20 | Casa.com
  • The Torpedo-Shaped Treat That'll Take You Back To Third Grade
    Fat Daddio's
    Sure, you could use this pan to make éclairs or hot-dog rolls -- but the real reason to use one is clear: DIY Twinkies. The classic snack cakes are actually a snap to make (especially if you have a box of yellow cake mix and a pastry filling set) and are guaranteed to fly off the dessert table. $9 | SurLaTable.com
  • The Pop We've Yet To See On An Ice Cream Truck
    Norpro
    We don't know why food is more fun to eat when it's on a stick, but putting that issue aside, the important question to ponder here is: What kind of cakesicle should you make? A few ideas: Dip vanilla cakes in chocolate frosting and sprinkles, or make devil's food cakes and dust them with powdered sugar. (And you don't have to stick to cakes; brownies and cookies work well, too.) $14 | Fab.com
  • The New Alternative To Petits Fours
    Wilton
    For a small dinner party or lunch, a filled, 4-inch wide cake is sure to impress. This pan's recessed cavity creates space for you to add whatever filling you'd like, from ice cream to fruit to mousse or pudding. $12 for 4 | Wilton.com

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