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Sep 9, 2009 08:39 PM

emergency tailgating conundrum: what do I do with this novelty collegiate-themed baking pan?

OK, so at christmas I get this novelty baking pan. It is silicone, and instead of muffin cups it has UGA G-shaped cups. Except they're not as deep as a muffin pan. Anyway, first home game is this weekend and I wanted to use it but I have no idea how to use conundrum:

1. It is shallower than a muffn/cupcake pan, so it isn't really suitable for making cupcakes, plus you're supposed to present your baked good with the G facing upward, therefore doesn't make sense to make cupcakes or muffins where the G would be on the bottom.

2. Seems that brownies would be too gooey to keep the G shape.

3. Seems like the G cup (yes, that's the only phrase I can think of) would be too big for any sort of cookie dough. The cookies would cook unevenly and I don't know if they would show the G shape. However, they would be easiest to decorate (uh, if I cared that much).

So what in the heck can I do with it that would be suitable for an outdoor tailgate? The only thing I can think is peanut butter cookies, since I often make them in muffin tins already when I make brown-eyed suzies. Of course there's always jello shots...but these would be some honkin' jello shots and I'm not sure exactly how to store them (usually make jellies in the dixie cups and then keep them in the fridge). Here's a pic:

Unfortunately the only one I could find is of an AU logo, but you get the idea:

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  1. don't discount brownies - i think a cakey (as opposed to fudgy) recipe would actually be ideal.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      ok so this would be waay too complicated for this weekend (ugh too much to do already with tailgate), but given what you are saying i got this idea that it would be awesome to make my own ding dongs/suzy q's with this thing! And they'd have the adorable G on both sides. Nice work goodhealth-- sad that a person with such a healthy monkier would get me thinking about snack cakes....

      1. re: cpilgrim84

        c'mon now, good chocolate is an essential part of *any* well-balanced diet ;)

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        You could turn the brownies upside down and cover w/ chocolate ganache glaze so you could see the G still. You could do a hostess cupcake idea and before doing the ganache, pipe a filling into the center, cover w/ the ganache to cover the hole.

      3. Maybe try a recipe for mini bundt cakes? The batter is meant to hold a shape. I would just start checking for doneness after 15 or 20 minutes. Carrot cake also came to mind. If they are just a little thinner than cupcake cups, then I wouldn't worry about it, but if the difference is significant I would reduce the temp by 25. Maybe try a box of Jiffy cake mix as an experiment so the time and cost investment is minimal? Ooh just thought corn bread would be perfect.

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        1. re: corneygirl

          mini bundt cake recipes! Great thinking! That's brilliant. And the Jiffy idea-- a girl after my own heart :) I mean, that stuff is like 80 cents A BOX! I love Jiffy corn bread, although it is universally maligned in my state for being "too sweet"-- pshaw. Let the purists have their bland bread. G-shaped cornbread fritters would be almost too darling with late fall chili tailgating. I don't know if I could reasonably be responsible for something so cute! I'll see if I can do it :)

          1. re: cpilgrim84

            report back with what you made and how it turned out, now you have me curious. I wonder if they have u of iowa ones?

        2. we did jello shots with ours

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          1. re: LaLa

            Before I got to the bottom of the page I thought jello shots too.

              1. re: Cachetes

                these would be fun as ice cubes too in a big pitcher of Sangria or wine cooler. Something you could assemble in the parking lot.

                1. re: HillJ

                  if you're going to do jello shots, for heaven's sake use a cake mix--as i think god intended for novelty molds. sometimes, "nice" overshoots the context.

                  1. re: silverhawk

                    what the heck does that mean, lol!
                    jello shots are fun!

                      1. re: LaLa

                        ok, i misunderstood. i thought you all were talking about doing jello shots along with some sort of molded cake. my notion, then, was that if there would be lots of jello shots, there wouldn't be much reason to labor over the cake and that a cake mix cake would be fine.

                        1. re: silverhawk

                          lol...glad we're all on the same page silverhawk.

            1. I also vote for the Jell-O idea (in school colors, of course). Or maybe something that doesn't require baking, such as Rice Krispies treats? Those can also be dyed appropriate colors. Not sure how well the detail would come out, though.

              1. Does it have to be desert? You could do crustless quiche.