My first post here, I've been a stalker for a while lol!
I'm doing a number 1 shape cake in a couple of weeks and have booked the tin for hire, but I think I'm being a bit dim
How do I use the tin? It doesn't have a bottom lol!
Sounds like you have a cutter, not a pan. Or it may be made to go on top of a sheet pan. That's kind of weird.
It's this one ^^
Yes, looks like it's made to sit on a sheet pan. Line the sheet pan with parchment and then set the "1" on it and fill with batter.
I can see this cake ending up in disaster >.<
You'll be fine. Just don't panic if the batter seeps under the edge a little - - you can trim it easy enough. Be sure and post photos.
I have a few pans like this. Put the pan on a cookie sheet. Put parchment paper on the sheet first. For best results use a thicker cake mix. If it's too thin it will leak out the bottom a bit. But that's not really a problem because the mix will cook at the bottom and seal it up. If it leaks a bit, just trim it off. I saw a Duff show were he used these pans and wrapped the bottom and side in a sheet of tin foil before putting it on the cookie sheet because he uses thin batter, but it still leaked out a bit, but it was fine. So don't worry about it.
It will be great. When I first used my pan I was imagining a disaster too, but it never happened.
Good Luck & post pics.