Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds

Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Collection of Victorian cake pans, tins, moulds, gem pans, etc. Courtesy of Pinterest.

Collection of Victorian cake pans, tins, moulds, gem pans, etc. Courtesy of Pinterest.

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Late Victorian-era bakers had easy access to virtually every design and type of baking pan imaginable. Recipe books mention a wide variety of pans, and some vintage cook books provide a listing or artist’s renditions of the pans.

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What about cooks earlier in the 19th century? Long before the era of mail-order catalogs designed to meet the needs of consumers outside of cities, people purchased their household needs at the tinsmith (or other artisan) or general store.

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Baking pans went well beyond a cake pan or two. In the images from advertisements (Newspaper and Catalog), below, you’ll see a wide variety of baking pans:

  • various cake pans in multiple types and in multiple metals,
  • bread pans,
  • muffin pans,
  • pie plates,
  • drip (dripper) pans,
  • gem pans,
  • patty pans,
  • “common square” pans,
  • and more!

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Victorian Cake: 1880s

Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Title Page of the Royal Baker Pastry Cook by Prof. G. Rudmani. Published by the Royal Baking Powder Company in the year 1888.

Title Page of the Royal Baker Pastry Cook by Prof. G. Rudmani, the Late Chef De Cuisine of the New York Cooking School. Published by Royal Baking Powder Company, 1888.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Various pans and implements referred to within The Royal Baker and Pastry Cook, published 1888.

Various Pans and Implements, illustrated in the first pages of Royal Baker and Pastry Cook Book, published in 1888 by Royal Baking Powder Company, New York. Isn’t it interesting that an Ice Cream Freezer is part of this listing of “kitchen necessities?”

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- 12c for Muffin Pans, advertised in Buffalo Evening News of Buffalo, NY on May 10, 1888. The muffin pan construction: Individual muffin cups, held together with a metal band and attached where the rims meet.

“12c for Muffin Pans,” advertised in Buffalo Evening News of Buffalo, New York on May 10, 1888. Notice the muffin pan construction: individual muffin cups, held together with a metal band and attached where the rims meet.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Advertisement for 5c novelty cake pan, illustrated loaf with fluted ends. Evening News of Buffalo, NY on May 10, 1888.

“5c for Novelty Cake Pan”, as advertised in Buffalo Evening News of Buffalo, New York on May 10, 1888. Note the fluted edges on the cap ends of the cake pan.

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Victorian Cake: 1890s

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Perfection Cake Pans

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Photograph of two cake pans, square, with removable bottom sheets. Beneath, a round circle in the bottom of main pan is both supportive of the upper "false bottom" and the way in which the cake is removed. Advertisements show setting the cooled cake in this tin upon a water tumbler to easily remove the cake pan.

Vintage, Antique “Perfection” Cake Pans, square, two shown in photograph taken by eBay seller, who dated the set of pans with “Patent: May 16, 1893“. Image: Ebay. 

Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- "Perfection" Cake Tins (for pound, fruit, and cup cakes [term for the recipe, not the size of finished cakes], and "Perfection" Tin for Bread and Loaf Cake. Angel Cake with Tube ("perfection" style). Advertisements in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

“Perfection” Cake Tins (for pound, fruit, and cup cakes [term for the recipe, not the size of finished cakes], and “Perfection” Tin for Bread and Loaf Cake. Angel Cake with Tube (“perfection” style). Advertisements in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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See a patent image for a tube pan, similar to the “Angel Cake, with tube” listing, immediately above, in the Montgomery Ward Catalog, in my post about Angel Food Cake.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Advertisement for Improved Perfection Cake Tins. Illustrated with round cake pan, shallow in comparison to today's. "Improved Perfection Cake Tins. Indispensable to perfect Success in Cake Baking. Perfect in their Simplicity. The most delicate Cake is easily removed without breaking. Perfection tins require no greasing." Advertisement published in Three Hundred Tested Recipes, 2nd Edition, December 1895.

“Improved Perfection Cake Tins. Indispensable to perfect Success in Cake Baking. Perfect in their Simplicity. The most delicate Cake is easily removed without breaking. Perfection tins require no greasing.” Advertisement published in Three Hundred Tested Recipes, 2nd Edition, December 1895.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- "Perfection" Cake and Pie Tins. "The side cut (illustration) shows the method of removing the cake from a "Perfection" Tin by placing the tin upon a tumbler or bowl, the removable bottom supporting the cake while the rim drops to the table." Published in the <strong>1895</strong> <em>Montgomery Ward</em> Catalog.

“Perfection” Cake and Pie Tins: “The side cut (illustration) shows the method of removing the cake from a “Perfection” Tin by placing the tin upon a tumbler or bowl, the removable bottom supporting the cake while the rim drops to the table.” Published in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Tubed Cake Pans, "Agate Iron, Extra Deep, Tubed Cake Pans." In sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 quarts. Price ranging from 27 cents to 48 cents. For sale in the <strong>1895</strong> <em>Montgomery Ward</em> Spring and Summer Catalog.

Tubed Cake Pans, “Agate Iron, Extra Deep, Tubed Cake Pans.” In sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 quarts. Price ranging from 27 cents to 48 cents. For sale in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Patty Pans, five different shapes. Advertised in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

Patty Pans, five different shapes, in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Jelly Cake Pans offered in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog No. 57 (without illustration).

Jelly Cake Pans [see dimensions noted in image] offered in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog No. 57 (without illustration). [Note: illustrations of jelly pans are offered by other companies in other images in this post.]

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Victorian Baking Tins: Pie Plates

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pie Plates, Agate iron pie plates sold by Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogue 1895 Spring and Summer, No. 57.

Agate iron pie plates, ranging in size from 7×5/8-inch to 11×1-inch, and in price from $1.15 to $2.15 each. Sold in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog No. 57.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pie Plates: extra deep, plain tin, scalloped, and jelly cake pans made of tin-- sold by Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogue Spring and Summer of 1895, No. 52.

Extra Deep Pie Plates, Tin Pie Plates, and Jelly Cake Pans (tin). Jelly Cake Pans are an item least-similar to today’s offerings, and this illustration from the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog provides dimensions, prices, and measurements, allowing today’s cooks a clear understanding of this outdated baking pan.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Retinned Octagon Cake Molds, Tubed Cake Pans--Retinned, Tubed Cake Pans--Scalloped, and Scalloped Cake Pans for sale by Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogue, 1895 Spring and Summer, No. 52.

Cake Pans (and Cake Molds) offered in octagon, tube cake, tube cake scalloped, and scalloped designs. Published in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Iron Gem Pans, both shallow and deep, for sale by Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogue No. 52, Spring and Summer 1895.

Iron Gem Pans, both shallow and deep. The shallow pan weighs 3 lbs 5 oz, and costs $0.16. The deep pan weighs 5 lbs., and costs $0.20. Advertised in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Muffin Pans, Turk's Head Pans, Lady-Finger Pans, each sold by Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogue, Spring and Summer, 1895.

Muffin Pans, both 8 cups in frame and 12 cups in frame. Comes in shallow and deep sizes. Turk’s Head Pans, “Plain stamped ware”. Lady-Finger Pans are stamped and seamless, available in two sizes. Advertised in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog No. 57.

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Victorian Dripping Pans

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My mother called these a “dripper pan,” synonymous in our household with a 9 x 13-inch pan.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Dripping Pans, advertised in 8 different sizes at 8 different prices ranging from $0.08 to $0.20 each. Sold in the 1895 Montomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

Dripping Pans, Patent Improved Sheet Iron Dripping Pans. These pans have a raised bottom and do not bulge down in the center like the ordinary dripping pan. They wear longer for this reason, and are always straight, never getting out shape; just as cheap as the common.” Available in 8 different sizes, at 8 different prices, ranging from $0.08 to $0.20 each. Sold in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog.

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Victorian Cake Pans, Fluted

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- 19th Century Cake Pan. Antique, Copper, Tin-lined Bundt Pan. Ebay, priced at $199 in used/good condition. Pan is unmarked, and measures 10.5 cm (4.1 inches) tall. Diameter is 24.5 cm (9.7) inches). No repairs or cracks.

19th Century Cake Pan, “Antique, Copper, Tin-Lined, Bundt Pan – 19th Century.” Image taken by the seller on eBay and priced at $199.00 in used/good condition. Pan is unmarked, and measures 10,5 cm (4,1 inches) tall, diameter is 24,5 cm (9,7 inches). No repairs or cracks.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Tubed Cake Pans, Scalloped Cake Pans, Muffin Pans, Turk's Head Pans, and Patty Pans. For sale in 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 104.

Various Cake Pans offered for sale in the 1897 Sears Catalog no. 104. Includes Tubed Cake Pans, Scalloped Cake Pans, Muffin Pans, Turk’s Head Pans, and Patty Pans of four different shapes.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Iron Gem Pan for sale by 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 104.

Iron Gem Pan, deep, weight 5 lbs. Price 17c. A second option (not pictured) is the Iron Gem Pan, oval pattern, weight 3 lbs. 5 oz., 10 cups, shallow. Cost 14c. Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

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More Victorian Pie Plates, Tin

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pie Plates made of plain tin, and Pie plates extra deep and made of plain tin. For sale by 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 104.

Pie Plates (plain tin, and extra deep options) offered for sale in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104. Prices range from 18 cents to 40 cents, depending on size and depth.

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And in aluminum.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pure Aluminum Dripping Pans, 8x10-inches, Pure Aluminum Deep Pie Plates, and Pure Aluminum Jelly Cake Pans. For Sale by Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue 1897, No. 104.

“Pure Aluminum Dripping Pans” available in 4 sizes and at 4 prices. Aluminum Deep Pie Plates sold in the 10-inch size, at 21c each or at $2.35 per dozen. Pure Aluminum Jelly Cake Pans: Size- 9-inches, 21c each, or per dozen, $2.35. Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Jelly Cake Pans of Plain Tin sold in 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 104.

Jelly Cake Pans (plain tin construction), and gray enameled jelly cake pans, offered in four different sizes, in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104. While this image is poor, the dimensions are helpful in describing the pan’s shape. Other images within this blog article are clear and show the jelly pan well.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds -- Pure Aluminum Improved Perfection Cake Pans. For Layer Cakes and Pies. Sizes 9.25x1-inch. Price 39c(ents). Another cake pan, also "Perfection", "for deep cakes", measures 10.25x2.75 inches. Price, each, 65c(ents). the third image (bottom) represents "for deep cakes No breaking of cakes when removing from pans. The removable bottom supports the cake and is livted out with the cake on it. Size: 10.25x2.75-inches. Price, each 69c(ents)." Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

“Pure Aluminum Improved Perfection Cake Pans”, For Layer Cakes and Pies. Size: 9.25×1-inch. Price 39c. Another cake pan, also “Perfection”, “for deep cakes”, measures 10.25×2.75-inches. Price, each, 65c. The third image (bottom) represents “for deep cakes, No breaking of cakes when removing from pans. The removable bottom supports the cake, and is lifted out with the cake on it. Size: 10.25×2.75-inches. Price, each 69c.” Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pure Aluminum Straight Pie Plates, and Pure Aluminum Mountain Cake Pans. For sale by 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 107.

Pure Aluminum Straight Pie Plates (1 inch deep), and Pure Aluminum Mountain Cake Pans, 1/4 inch deep. Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

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The Mountain Cake Pans (at 9- and 10-inch diameter options) are worth mentioning, even without an illustration.

As “Mountain Cake” is popular among the nineteenth-century cook books I’ve cited, it’s good to find specific information about pan size. In recipe books, no information is given about depth, size, or appearance of Mountain Cake.

Am I the only one surprised that “Mountain Cake” is baked in a pan all of one-quarter inch deep?

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Victorian Tins: Bread Pans, Common Square Pans

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Deep bread pans and common square pans, for sale by 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No. 104.

Deep Bread Pans (tin) and Common Square Pans (tin). Sizes and prices listed. Offered in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

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Kristin Holt | Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds. Pure Aluminum Bread Pans, Pure Aluminum Muffin Pans, and Pure Aluminum Corn Cake Pans. For Sale in 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue No 104.

Pure Aluminum Bread Pans, each 37c. Pure Aluminum Muffin Pans, and Pure Aluminum Corn Cake Pans. Sold in the 1897 Sears Catalog No. 104.

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Invitation

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Do any of the offerings shown here surprise you?

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Victorian Cake: Tins, Pans, Moulds