August 3, 2008

Another handy (and fun) use for paint pens

The paint pens sold with Pass It On Plates have a variety of uses. Have you tried one yet? A recent pot luck dinner dilemma had me wondering if I would ever see my shiny new cake pan after the party. No prob. I whipped out a few of these special paint pens and went to work on the cake pan. Not only is it distinctly mine, it's prettier, too.
Using the two green colors and dots in pearly white, I drew leaves and vines on one side.

cake pan vine side
Originally uploaded by passitonplates

Then I took the pearly white color and wrote a little message on one end. It's only visible when the light hits it right. I wanted this to be a funny surprise when noticed.

Funny thing, this is the end that people always start to cut from.

(I had to take a little cut, myself. For quality control purposes, of course.)

calorie free
Originally uploaded by passitonplates

Last, make no mistake, this is my cake pan. More importantly, the extra big name says "Pam Hawk MADE THIS FOOD."

People trust my cooking. I don't know why; when it comes to practical jokes they don't trust me...

Cake pan name side
Originally uploaded by passitonplates

The instructions on the pen say to bake it in the oven at 300F for 30 minutes. I cheated and baked it at 350F for about 20 minutes. The cake brownies were in the pan and I didn't want to mess them up. (Yeah, this was a last minute project thought up at the last minute while I was making the brownies.) I don't recommend cheating, but I figured the retained heat in the pan would continue cooking the pen for a little while longer. Everything stayed intact through the dishwasher, so that's a good sign.

If you are interested in this recipe for made-from-scratch cake brownes, keep your eye on the Plate Diaries blog. It's scheduled to be the weekly recipe in the future. These brownies are so quick and easy and taste better than boxed brownies that you'll never buy another boxed mix again.




  1. Very creative! I love the fact that the "This end is calorie free" doesn't show except when the light hits it just right.

    Sharon from

  2. I'm trying to think of other smart alec things to write on other cake pans.

    (Ack! I'm already starting to plan Christmas gifts!)


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