cutthecake Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 9:52pm
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I'm wondering...............has anyone tried to bake the Topsy Turvy cakes in clay flower pots (maybe lined with aluminum foil) so that the tapered shape is built-in? You'd waste less cake (no need to carve it away), and the edges would have fewer loose crumbs (they'd be baked edges). There are so many clay pot shapes (tall, short, wide, thin, squatty) and sizes available, and they're so inexpensive.
The down side...no cake scraps to eat.
I'd like to make a TT just for fun, but I don't need so much cake (because I would eat it ). My pans are standard sizes. With flour pots, I can make a smaller cake!

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mrscromer Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 10:01pm
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flour pots? Dumb question.....still new to this icon_smile.gif

dutchy1971 Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 10:19pm
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lol I read that and automatically thought flower pots, I didn't see the spelling.

I would assume from the description it would be flower pots, the terracotta kind, but who knows maybe there is something called a flour pot.

chefjess819 Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 10:25pm
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yes flower pots...not flour pots. and i never thought of using those for a cake....i know you can bake in them if they are brand new. wrapping with aluminum foil would probably be better than trying to grease them. personally, i've never made a TT cake but wanted to try. technically the pots would work, but wouldnt really know unless you try. hmmm...i might hafta make a trip to wal mart garden center this weekend... icon_cool.gif

Andy383240 Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 10:28pm
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I see what you mean about the shapes of pots. A lot of topsy-turvy cakes do have sort of conical shaped layers. People bake bread in terra cotta pots, so I suppose it would work for cake. I'd be afraid of the them blowing up in my oven. That's the kind of thing that happens when I experiment! LOL

sayhellojana Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 10:42pm
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I think it would work for small sizes, but the bigger you get the worse it would bake I'd think, because the heat isn't really distributed well and parts would probably dry out before it was all baked.

cutthecake Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 12:00am
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Thanks for your thoughts. And I did mean FLOWER pots. I hate typos. I might try baking in the pots sometime soon. Maybe I'll use those smaller pots and see what happens.

cupcakefrost Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 1:59am
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what a great idea! if u try it, let us know how it works out. i plan on making my first TT cake in 2 weeks for hub's bday, so i'd like to know if that's possible icon_smile.gif.

dutchy1971 Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 2:13am
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Originally Posted by cutthecake

Thanks for your thoughts. And I did mean FLOWER pots. I hate typos. I might try baking in the pots sometime soon. Maybe I'll use those smaller pots and see what happens.




Don't think of it as a typo, think of it as your brain stuck in cake mode and when you thought flower pots your mind said it's about cakes and made you type flour

cutthecake Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 3:09am

Thanks, dutchy, for the support.

I just bought a few FLOWER pots at Home Depot. (I kinda figured the ones in my garage might not be the best choice for food preparation, with the fertilizer and dirt in them, and all.) They had four sizes that I thought might work. I don't know when I'll find the time to give 'em a try.

Unlimited Posted 18 Jun 2009 , 4:01am
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Originally Posted by Andy383240

People bake bread in terra cotta pots, so I suppose it would work for cake.




It works. You can buy kits online for baking breads and cakes in a terra cotta pot. The kit(s) come with everything you need to make it, and they're nicely packaged if you choose to give as a DIY gift.

Terra cotta pots are cheap at Hobby Lobby too.

Just make sure you never attempt to bake anything in a galvanized container because of the toxic gases that emit from the coating. There's a lot of technical info on the internet about metal properties and what is considered food safe. In theory, you could burn the coating off outdoors over an open flame or fire (not in a gas/propane BBQ pit) while avoiding the fumes, but I wouldn't want to risk it when it comes to my family or anyone else's family eating from something that could still potentially be hazardous!

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