I was nervous about using these at first. The designs are so intricate, it's critical that the pan is greased really well so the cakes don't stick. Once I discovered cooking spray with flour, it was a no-brainer, and when I found myself with some leftover chocolate cake batter, it was a perfect chance to give the pan a test run.
Are they not the cutest things ever?
Lucky thing my chocolate cake recipe is delicious on its own, because I haven't really figured out the best way to decorate these. You want to preserve all the detail, so frosting isn't a great idea. Even a glaze would probably blur the great lines. Best to just leave 'em unadorned - maybe a light sprinkling of powdered sugar - and enjoy!