I’m sure it will come as no surprise when I say that the first stop I make during every visit to the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Confectionery. Just a whiff of the sweet smell inside lets me know that all is well in the universe.
One of my favorite pastimes is watching the cast members in the glass-walled kitchen create the specialties of the house: fudge, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels, candy apples, or Mickey-shaped krispie treats. I consider myself a bit of krispie artist, so the creation of these particular treats holds a special fascination for me.
I’ve stopped to watch the giant krispie Mickeys being made dozens of times. I love how they use the exact same Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Jet-Puffed marshmallows that I use at home. And I’ve loved seeing those well-worn metal molds and wondering how many thousands of Mickeys have emerged from each one.
You can imagine my dismay when I made my usual Confectionery stop during a trip this past fall and saw — instead of the solid, practical metal Mickey pan being used to form krispie treats — a floppy red silicone pan. Quelle horreur!
Not long after I noticed the switch at the Confectionery, I started seeing the red pan for sale in the kitchenware sections of all the larger merchandise locations on property.
Despite my initial skepticism about the ability of pliable silicone to be a firm mold, eventually I decided that if it’s good enough for the Confectionery, then it’s good enough for me. I bought the pan. ($17.95, sold everywhere.) And, of course, I had to put it to the test in my own kitchen.
Giant Mickey Rice Krispie Treat Experiment
My daughter, Louisa, and I got to work whipping up a batch of Rice Krispie treats, following the tried and true recipe on the box.
I sprayed the inside of the pan with cooking oil and started to fill.
We kept adding more krispies and packed them in firmly, then we waited about 10 minutes for the mash to cool.
A quick flip onto a plate and — Voila! — a perfect Mickey krispie treat.
I was impressed. The floppy red pan delivered! Emboldened by our success, we decided to proceed with further testing. This time, we’d bake.
Mickey Face Cake Baking Experiment
For the sake of simplicity, we decided to use a boxed cake mix. And as the pan’s packaging suggested, we placed the pan on a cookie sheet for stability and ease of transport from counter to oven.
Louisa prepared the cake batter, and we filled the pan. Per package instructions, we didn’t fill it all the way to the top.
The cake baked for half and hour and emerged a bit puffier than I would have liked. Next time, we’ll use even less batter in the pan.
Again, we waited for about 10 minutes of cooling time and then flipped over the pan.
I had been expecting to see just plain cake, that we would then decorate with icing to give Mickey features. We were pleasantly surprised to seeing Mickey’s face smiling back at us, fresh out of the pan.
The combination of the light-colored cake and the pan’s facial indentations allowed us to see Mickey’s expression.
If we had made a chocolate cake, we would have continued with the frosting project; but we liked the unadorned look so much that we decided to serve the cake as-is with a little fruit accompaniment.
It was quite a hit with the entire family.
After completing two different types of cooking projects, I’m ready to give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the red silicone Mickey-head pan sold in the parks. I even ran it through the dishwasher without incident.
Now we’re busy plotting how we’re going to use the pan next. Mickey brownies? Mickey ice cream cake?
What do you think we should do next? Let us know in the comments below.