What an amazing cake mould this is. Its the most amazingly detailed christmas tree mould ever. Beautifully made, no sharp edges, extremely good quality, so simple to split in 2, is very sturdy when filled with cake mix, very easy to grease and so easy to clean. My first tree was brilliant it actually slid out the mould before I had the chance to release the 2 pins that hold it together so 10 out of 10 straight away. I did try the maderia recipe that came with the mould but sadly I didn`t like it, although the quantity of ingredients suggested was just perfect for this mould. Next time I`m using my own 6oz mix recipe that I use for my cake pops. I did however place the mould on a baking sheet just in case and I`m glad I did as I`d over greased the tin (MY FAULT NOT THE MOULD). A tiny amount of the cake mix had seeped out but again that was me over greasing, next time I`ll do it lightly. I started the tree off at gas 4 but I found this too high so reduced it to gas 2, this was so much better because of the depth and shape of the mould. It took about an hour and a quarter to bake and it was perfect. I let it cool down and then took it out of the mould. Its a beautiful tree and stands roughly 8" high. You dont even need to decorate it, all I`ve done is tilt it and gently sieve icing sugar all over. It looks fantastic. I then changed my mind on decorating it and made up a tiny amount of icing and stuck tiny chocolate beans on as coloured baubles in pink, blue, yellow and green and then a little more sieved icing sugar - it looks brilliant.
This is one of the best cake moulds I`ve ever purchased, I notice Birkmann also have a snowman mould which I think will also be heading my way very soon.
Beautifully presented in a lovely box would make a great gift for any cake mad person
Can`t recommend enough
Happy baking Anne