A Forgotten Baking Pan

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While looking for some sheet pans I found this muffin top pan buried underneath.  I had completely forgotten about it.  Is this even on the market anymore?  It looks brand new probably because it wasn’t used much.  I decided to dust it off and find a new use for it besides muffin tops.  I like finding kitchen items that have been ignored over the years.  In addition, I also found something else called a “Henny Penny” mold.  They are small molds shaped like a roast chicken except it’s flat.  That’s the only way I know how to explain it.  Why would anything want to be shaped like a flat roast chicken?  Or the more baffling question, why do I have them?  I must have found them at a garage sale long ago.

But back to the muffin top pan.  I had a big container of strawberries along with some whipping cream I needed to use up, so what popped in my head was strawberry shortcake.

I made the rounds of a basic vanilla cake and they turned out just the right size to pile on some sliced strawberries and sweetened whipped cream.

How cute is this?  Just in time for a Spring dessert.  My husband Bill and son-in-law Joe loved them.

What would you make in a muffin top pan?

Or dare I ask, in a Henny Penny mold??

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Little Vanilla Cakes for Strawberry Shortcake
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin top pan; set aside.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer beat sugar and butter until blended. Add eggs and vanilla and mix.
  3. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl and add alternately with milk to butter mixture until blended, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan, about ¾ filled. Bake for 7-8 minutes until golden and the top springs back when touched in the middle. Remove from oven and let sit in the pan for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Makes 18 little vanilla cakes.



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3 Responses to A Forgotten Baking Pan

  1. May 3, 2023 at 8:43 am #

    Wondering if it would make the perfect individual, mini Savory Dutch Pancakes with Vegetables from the recipe from your 5/1 Blog?

    • May 3, 2023 at 9:16 am #

      Kim, since the muffin top is very flat, I don’t think the very thin edges would puff up as a Dutch pancake does. The edges need to “climb” up the sides. But who knows- I also haven’t tried it! It’s just my guess. They would be darling if it was possible!

  2. May 3, 2023 at 10:35 am #

    Great idea!

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