Check a Cake Pan Out of the Library!

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Scouting for a cake pan for a friend's child's birthday, we were frustrated by the lack of options in the stores. There were few available, and they were expensive - especially for what would probably be a one-time use purchase. Also, nearly everything was heavily branded with popular children's product marketing - Dora the Explorer, Cars, Batman. We avoid this stuff as much as possible - we just wanted a basic elephant pan.

Too bad we don't live near the public library of Hubbard, Ohio. They don't just offer books - they offer children's cake pans that can be checked out of the library for that special, one-time-only birthday cake. We think this is rather brilliant - one less thing for parents to buy and a good community service.

posted originally from: AT:Kitchen

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.