My Swans Down cake pan is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches and it is in very good condition. The interior of the pan is bright and shiny and I still use this pan whenever I bake a sponge cake because the sliding side panels make it so easy to slip a knife inside to loosen the cake. When you slide the side panels up after the cake has baked and been taken out of the oven, it also helps the cake to cool more quickly than a conventional tube cake pan.
As you can see from the photographs, the pan has the two side panels that cleverly slide up and down, and the words “Swans Down Cake Pan Pat. Dec. 18-23” and “E. Katzinger Co. Chicago Licensed Mfrs.” are stamped on both side panels. Inside the pan on the bottom are the words “Swans Down Cake Flour Makes Better Cakes.” This pan came from the Katzinger Company, a company that made pans for bakeries in the early twentieth century and eventually became the Ekco Products Company we know today.
Many years ago my mother got this Swans Down tube cake pan as a free premium with the purchase of a bag of flour. She always used this pan when she made my favorite sponge cake (the same one I make now).
I have always enjoyed having this pan and using it… partly because it is old, but also because it is constructed in such a unique way. I did not realize that this pan is also very collectible. Recently I came across a similar pan at a kitchen collectibles auction. The pan for sale was like mine except that it was smaller and was a simpler version without the sliding side panels.
Unlike mine, it also had quite a bit of rust!