I need opinions please! Does any one use Wilton Ultra gold pans? are they any good? is it one of those "put professional tools in the hands of an amateur and get amateur results and vise versa"? Please help! Thank you
How do I say this diplomatically....
The Wilton Ultragold cake pans aren't straight sided and they don't have sharp corners (so even if the construction is superior they're not the best choice for serious decorators):
And lest you think I'm anti-Wilton, I have multiple sets of most of the Performance Pan sets (pretty straight sided):
However, for really straight sided sheet cake pans choose Wilton's Decorator Preferred® Square Pans:
I'm a senior hobby baker, so the convenience of having multiple Wilton sets which are available locally and priced affordably (using 40% off coupons) and which will not see commercial usage makes sense in my situation.
If you're going to be decorating for decades, or intend to bake professionally then Magic Line pans which ARE commercial grade might be a good choice for your situation:
Thank you! You have been a great help
I couldn't agree more. I bought one of the Gold pans...and HATE it. I couldn't use the cake, and have never used the pan again.
Thanks JanH for the information.
Always glad to help! (And thanks for being so sweet.)
Thank you Jan and OP as I have been considering purchasing other pans as well. I noticed the ones I have (Wilton) do not end up with straight sides and was not sure on the other ones. Magic Line it is then!!!
I love all the helpful advise and tips everyone shares, makes learning less painful [/i]
Many, many people are happy with the majority of the Wilton products. However--ALL of the Ultra Gold pans are a waste of money--do NOT buy them. I agree with JanH 100%. I am also a hobby baker who happens to be obsessed with cake decorating. I always purchase 2 of each pan to make it faster and easier to bake my cakes. I recommend you do NOT purchase Wilton square pans and just go with Magic Line or Fat Daddios. (Wilton does have some decent square cornered pans available only online, but they are limited in sizes and the chances of getting one of the stupid pans is too risky.)
I used the craft store coupons and over the course of a year purchased the following Wilton sets (2 of each set) round, heart, petal, hexagon. They all perform beautifully.
For the square edged cakes, I did a ton of research online and ended up going with Fat Daddio's vs. Magic Line (primarily because of the expense). I have Fat Daddio's 2" high, square sets, and Fat Daddios 9x13 1/4 sheet, 11x15 half sheet pans.
You all have been so very helpful! =D