I have already written about my bundt cake collection. Sad but true though there is something else I collect – and like the bundt tins I use them – everyday in fact!
Cake tins! They are not necessarily beautiful or expensive but have meaning or memories. There was the biggest cake tin ever from my mother. I am not sure what she used it for though! Maybe not even a cake but cooking something on the stove. Then there is the three tiered one – great for instagramming three different varieties of food and for taking for picnics especially as they are unbreakable.
Recently I purchased in a local but upmarket gift shop a gorgeous tin. It was imported – french. The biscuits were of little significance but the tin! Well I had to have it and especially as it was discounted. I adore it and of course it is useful.
In Barcelona last year I would pass a wonderful shop on my way to my hotel and stare through the glass. I had to see those tins….well maybe a gift for a relative. The shop assistants were a little surprised that I did not want it filled with some of the sweets…no! Just the tin….well there were two as I couldn’t decide. Only much later did I realize they were French not Spanish. I carried them in my back pack for the next three weeks in Spain and Portugal where they were used for socks and underwear (clean of course).
Closer to home I keep an eye out in 2nd hand local shops to find new gems. But they don’t just to be a pretty tin – it is lovely to take a party offering in one of my tins – so much more intresting than a cardboard box (and environmentally friendly). Just make sure you take it home or you may never see it again.
To all those mother’s who receive a tin of something special on Mother’s Day whatever it may contain – home made or shop bought treasure it and enjoy the memories.