problems with doll cake pan

Problems with Doll Cake Pan- How To Solve Them?

Are you trying to make a doll cake for your little one’s birthday? But your doll cake pan is causing problems? Well, we’re here for you with a list of the problems and how to solve them.

So what are the problems with Doll cake pan?

The problems with doll cake pan are brown spotting, an undercooked center, and the top getting burned. Also, the cake not rising to the top of the pan and the batter overflowing are major problems. To prevent these issues you must always use a heating rod in the doll cake pan, and fill it two-thirds with batter. 

But that’s not all. There are a lot of problems that need further discussion. To know about them and their fixes, read along.  

Most Common Problems Related To Doll Cake Pans

If you’ve been making doll cakes for some time now, you might have faced one of these problems below.

Center Of The Cake Not Cooking And The Top Getting Burned:

If the center of the cake is raw and the top is overcooked, it means the cake is not getting heat evenly. The center is not getting enough heat and the outer part is, in this case. This can happen if you use a pan without a heating rod since that is what ensures even distribution of heat in cakes.

If you have a heating rod and are still experiencing this, it’s because of using the wrong amount of batter. This happens if you fill up the pan with batter and not spread it thoroughly in the pan.


To solve this issue, follow the following steps-

Cover the cake with aluminum foil when it starts to get brown at the top to distribute heat evenly all over it. 

Here is a picture of a heating rod for your reference.

heating rod
Source: Amazon

Brown Spots In Different Places In The Cake:

Brown spots or “hot spots” in cake occur when these spots are heated more than the rest. This can be caused due to the makeup of the pan. If the pan is of poor quality, it has unevenness in the metal sheets that construct it. You can also face these spots on a messed up choux pastry.


Use good quality pans. Aluminum pans are a great choice, but carry the risk of reacting with your cakes since aluminum is very reactive. Alternatively, you can choose stainless steel pans. 

If your pan has this issue and you want to still use it, use it at low heat to prevent getting brown spots. Baking at low heat will ensure no spot in the cake will get too much heat. This way the entire cake will cook slowly but evenly. Don’t bake the cake in OTG since it won’t fit. 

Cake Not Rising To The Top:

Your cake not rising to the mold of the doll cake pan is because of the amount of batter used. Too little batter will not be able to rise to the top of the pan. The recommended amount is filling two-thirds of the pan.  


Use two cake mixes and fill the pan up to two thirds of its volume. It is a tried and tested method that the doll cake pan requires two cake mixes for the perfect cake. However, if your cake batter does not have fruits and is light, you should only fill the pan halfway. 

You can use the Wilton baby doll cake pan if you have the rising problem.


The reason behind the cake flowing out of the pan is that too much batter has been used. At most, you should be filling three-fourths of the doll cake pan for your cake. 


Fill in one-half (minimum) or up to three-fourths (maximum) of the doll cake pan with batter before cooking. Exceeding this limit will cause the cake to expand upon baking beyond the capacity of the pan, and flow out. 

Making The Perfect Doll Cake From Doll Cake Pans- Recipe and Tips

Making the perfect doll cake can be tricky as you have to be very careful. Additionally, there is always the risk of a bad outcome if there is a problem with your utensils.

Doll Cake From Doll Cake Pans
Source: Wilton

Thus, we have a set of tips as well as a complete recipe for you.

Tips To Get It Right!

  • Always use a nonstick spray to prevent your cake from sticking to the pan. 
  • Do not undermix or overmix your batter
  • Check your cake five minutes before you take it out. So that it does not “dry out” or you don’t overbake. 
  • Use eggs of the right size.

You can also complement your doll cake with some green seafoam icing on the sides.

Recipe For The Perfect Doll Cake:

We have a recipe for the perfect  doll cake for you to follow and experiment with. 

Tools Needed:

1. Wonder Mold Doll Cake Pan Set.

2. Straight Stainless Steel Spatula 

3. Stand Mixer

4. Hand Mixer

Ingredients Needed:

  • -7 eggs
  • -1 c veg. oil
  • -2 1/3 cup water
  • – ⅔ cup of oil  
  • -1 Packet instant pudding mix
  • -2 Packages of preferred cake mix
  • -1 tbsp of instant espresso powder

Steps to cook:

  1. Preheat the pan for 30 minutes. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients for two minutes with a stand mixer and two minutes with a hand mixer on high.
  3. Grease the pan and the heating core well. 
  4. Pour the batter into the pan ( filling two-thirds of the pan)
  5. Bake at 350 degress C for 50 to 60 minutes. 

And that is how you can bake the perfect doll cake in a few simple steps.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What makes a cake soft?

The type of flour used in a cake controls how soft it is. All-purpose flour has more protein in it than cake flour. Since protein leads to gluten formation and the cake to become more dense, using all-purpose flour will make the cake less soft. Conversely, using cake flour will make the cake softer.

How Do You Make Cake Airier?

You can make your cakes airier by sifting the flour and baking soda beforehand. This means running the flour and baking soda through a strainer to break any lumps and fill in more air. The baking soda must not be skipped out since this reacts with any acids formed in the cake and creates a fluffy or airier texture. 

How Many Cups of Batter Do I Need For My Pan?

Five and a half to six cups of batter is needed for your cake pan. This is a measure for the common Wilton Wonder Mold Doll Cake pan. The amount of batter that you use will vary with the shape and size of your pan. 


We hope after reading this article you no longer have to worry about problems with your cake pan. Take care to follow the tips and use the correct ratio of ingredients. Also ensure all utensils and the oven is working properly before you start baking. 

But, if you are still facing problems with making a doll cake, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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