Pros: My brownies are always perfect.
Cons: Can't accommodate larger mixes, not good for cakes as advertised.
I don’t bake much, so when my mom originally bought me the Perfect Brownie Pan it was practically a gag gift. Originally marketed through infomercials, the Perfect Brownie Pan can now be found everywhere from Walgreens to Amazon. The kit is usually priced between $15 and $20 but my mom picked mine up during a buy one, get one free sale. I see the official website has a similar promotion going on at this time, although you have to pay shipping.
The Perfect Brownie Pan set consists of multiple components. The pan itself is non-stick has a removable bottom. There is also an insert that divides the batter into 18 relatively equal pieces and a pedestal stand for serving.
The brownie-making process is as follows: 1) Prepare batter and pour in liberally greased pan; 2) Place liberally greased dividing insert into pan; 3) Cook (it works best to chop about 25% off package directions); 4) Place pan over pedestal stand and push sides downward access to individual brownies. If you’re having trouble visualizing, check out the video at https://www.perfectbrowniesale.com/.
Le’s get the negatives and caveats out of the way up front. First, while the kit’s instructions encourage the use of larger “family size” box mixes, in my experience these donotwork well in this 11 X 17 inch pan. If the batter is not spread in the pan in a perfectly level manner (and mine never is), the brownies will rise over the dividers with multiple sections melding together. Stick with a regular mix intended for a 9 X 9 inch pan for best results. I use Pillsbury or Duncan Hines but any brand would be fine.
Second, the Perfect Brownie Pan really works best for brownies and bars. While the packaging shows it being used for cakes, my attempt at a subdivided funfetti cake was a complete failure. The cake ended up really messy because it’s not like you can section and stack cake pieces like you can brownies. From now on, I’ll just stick with one of my regular cake pans and cut the cake when I’m ready to serve it.
Now, on to the brownies! Mine are, in fact, perfect every single time. I am not a natural baker and tend to be concerned that they are overcooked or undercooked, but they are always delicious. In addition, they always come out of the pan relatively easily, as advertised. Before I got this pan, I was always afraid to cut and plate my brownies prior to events because they would stick and end up ugly. Now, I am proud of my neat, clean, pieces and proudly display them on a plate or tray!
Overall . . .
Believe it or not, after a year and a dozen or so store-bought brownie mixes, “perfect brownies” have literally become my signature dish and are requested by my friends for all social events. In short, this gimmicky baking product truly has worked “As Seen on TV!”