Nov 112010

For as long as I have been a mother, I have been dreaming of owning a kids cake pan, so that I could make a cool homemade birthday cake. My wish finally came true, as I am now the owner of not one cake pan, but three fantastic Nordic Ware cake pans.

Nordic Ware generously sent me three awesome kids cake pans to review for them, and I opened the box from Nordic Ware with very excited hands.

Since my husband’s birthday was coming up my three sons were told that they could choose whichever cake we were going to make for my husband. Apparently that was a very difficult decision to make, so we ended up making two cakes.

I have never made a bundt cake before, so I decided to find a very simple recipe.

The recipe is from

I changed the ingredients just a bit, and I doubled the recipe below.

* 11/2 cups butter, softened
* 2 1/4 cups white sugar
* 6 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 cup sour cream


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan or 9 inch tube pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and; mix into the batter just until smooth. Stir in sour cream. Spoon batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
3. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool for at least 10 minutes before inverting pan onto a plate, and tapping out the cake. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Since my husband’s birthday was  on a week day, I had to split the cake making into two. My four-year-old and fifteen-month-old sons helped me bake the cakes in the morning, while my oldest son was at school.

We made turned into the cake batter into a marble cake by adding a bit of cocoa to a bit of the batter before mixing them together. Just like I remember my mom used to make her marble cakes.

My four-year-old was very excited about pouring the cake batter into each cake pan.

Now, the Nordic Ware instructions specifically says: “Fill the pan no more than 3/4 full to avoid overflow.” I had a little leftover dough, so I decided to add it to the pans….

Now, next time I’ll have to use the third pan instead up putting everything in two.

We left the cakes to cool down, while I went to drop off my four-year-old off at school.

When I returned home with my eight-year-old, we started decorating. When my four-year-old returned a couple of hours later we put the final touches to the cakes. My oldest boys made the flags to make it perfect.

The cake tasted great, and my husband was very impressed with his homemade birthday cakes. However, the most important thing was that my boys LOVED their cakes and the new cake pans.

Just take a look at this cake! My husband’s favorite candy, Haribo gummibears worked perfectly as pirates, and the twizzlers are supposed to be cannons.

We had all the ingredients except for the sprinkels, the icing and the candy, so it was a very frugal cake.

Now, if you like our cake pans make sure to go enter our Nordic Ware giveaway here at Frugality Is Free. Nordic Ware is generously giving away 3 fantastic cake pans to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.

Disclaimer: I received the cake pans from Nordic Ware for the purpose of a review and giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

  One Response to “Frugal Baking: Home Made Birthday Cakes w/ A Nordic Ware Cake Pan”

  1. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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