If you're buying a personalized cake for a gift, consider having the lid engraved with a date to commemorate the special occasion. Another idea is to customize the cake pan with the recipient's name, along with a personal message or short phrase. Cake pans are often available in various sizes and shapes including rectangular and round, and you can often interchange the lids. Whether you prefer an easy to clean and sanitize glass cake pan, or a durable aluminum pan, consider one that is stain and odor resistant. Many cake pans are made with Teflon® non-stick coating, and this may make clean-up easier.
When shopping for a personalized cake pan, check online specialty stores that offer unique and customized options. Browse through the online store directory to find various customization options. Some stores offer customizable fonts and colors. For personalization of more than a few words, it may be best to choose a small font. If you choose a red, green or blue lid for your cake pan, you might want to personalize it with lettering in a contrasting color, such as white.
Another idea is to choose a personalized cake pan with an interchangeable lid. Select a cake pan of the same size as your existing pans, so you may use the personalized lid for other pans as well. For instance, the lid from a round personalized cake pan may also fit a round pie pan. Look for a snap on lid that is durable and slightly domed, as this will typically allow ample room for the cake to rise during baking. Additionally, an enamel finished coating may be best for preventing colors from fading and images from becoming scratched off.
Although it may save you money, buying a personalized cake pan that comes with a poor quality lid may not be the best choice. If you choose novelty cake pans with decals for personalizing, the stickers may peel off when washed. Buying a personalized cake pan with an aluminum lid that may be engraved may last longer.
Regardless of the style of personalized cake pan you choose, be certain that both the pan and the lid can withstand high temperatures. You may also want a set that may be used in the microwave as well as in a traditional oven. A cake pan that is freezer safe may be convenient as well. If you're concerned about a cake pan retaining odors, consider a silicone pan which is often odor resistant.