Thursday, January 28, 2010
Williams and Sonoma Bouchon Pan and Mix
My dad got me a bouchon cake pan and mix from Williams and Sonoma for Christmas this year. I love the cake pan - it makes little cakes the size of mini-muffins but about twice as tall, and the silicone material makes them easy to pop out of the molds. I've used the pan both for the little chocolate cakes they're intended for, pictured above, and for muffins, and I think the desserts from it are cute and elegant. Somehow, they're just a little fancier than mini-muffins/mini-cupcakes would be!
The bouchon mix is for little chocolate cakes or "corks", from the famous Bouchon restaurant. I haven't seen these at the Bouchon in Napa, but I'll have to look for them the next time I'm up there! The cakes from the mix were very tasty, somewhere between a brownie and a dense chocolate cake, and definitely didn't taste like a typical mix. Still, for the price and the amount of work (there are lots of separate packets -- basically the only labor-saving here is measuring the ingredients), I'll probably make these from scratch in the future. There's a recipe on the back of the box from the cake pan, so I will definitely be trying that at some point and posting the results here! Thanks to my dad for a delicious and fun present!