Originally Posted by inspiredbymom
Apti: I agree with you on the square and rectangle pans! I have tossed out a set of both. I replaced the square with Magic Line and the rect with FD but then replaced some of the FD with Magic Line. I just prefer the corners on Magic line overall. I have replaced several round pans with ML but have kept the FD and Wilton in reserve for when I am baking more than one set of each. (Like the weekend I had to bake 14 layers of 6"! I used all six!) I don't have a Michael's close to me though. That may make a difference........
I've only been doing this since Feb 2010 when I wondered into a Wilton Class at Michael's on a whim. I had never set foot in a craft store prior to that, and naively thought, "Oh Boy! I'll take this class and buy this little 52 piece Wilton Tool Kit with a coupon and I'll be able to make cute birthday cakes for all the little kids in our extended family." HA!!! FAMOUS LAST WORDS! I had no idea I'd go bonkers and become obsessed/fascinated with the hobby of cake decorating.
Being me, I wanted to learn everything and purchased all the tools needed asap. Again, HA!!!!!! I thought I could nail all this "cake decorating stuff" in 3-6 months.
OP~~Buying your pans can be a big $$ investment. You did the right thing asking this question on CakeCentral. Feel free to ask any of us for more advice after you check into online/speciality cake store pricing. We can help you to avoid making the mistakes we made before we knew better.
I ended up purchasing some items with coupons that I will probably never (or rarely use). The Wilton square pan set was one of those items. [ http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E314F67-475A-BAC0-59499C2FEC2F7DCC&killnav=1
] I was SOOOOO disappointed in Wilton for knowingly making pans with edges that flared out! Of all manufacturers, they should know better! Fortunately, I only purchased the one set (which I am ashamed to even give away), and didn't fall for any of those awful Ultra-Gold or other square/rectangle pans.
I did a ton of online research on CakeCentral before I ended up purchasing the Fat Daddios pans. The teensy-tiny bit of roundness on the corners isn't a problem (works well with fondant and is easily made into a perfect corner if using buttercream) and it saved me quite a bit over the Magic Line. I was able to get the quarter and half-sheet Fat Daddio's on sale, so again, a significant cost savings. I don't regret going with FD over ML for my needs.
I also don't regret buying the non-square pans from Wilton. The Wilton round, hexagon, etc. pans bake up beautifully! I hand wash all my pans and do NOT put them in the dishwasher.
The pans I use the most: The 8" round. Like you, I have multiples of these sizes and use them all the time! I actually need to buy about 4 more of the 8" and 10" rounds.