By Michael Schaffer
---- — Patrons of the Drake Public Library in Centerville can now check out Wilton cake pans.
Natalie Kesterson, of Centerville, donated more than 300 Wilton cake pans to the library. She started her Wilton collection in 2000 and it grew into an obsession.
“It became an obsession, I think,” Kesterson said by telephone Friday afternoon. “I took cake decorating classes in Pella and then it just kind of took me over, I think.”
Kesterson said her Wilton cake pan collection obsession began about 13 years ago. She said she hasn’t purchased any the last four to five years.
The Wilton cake pans Kesterson purchased came primarily from Ebay, Ben Franklins in Centerville and Michael’s in Des Moines, she said.
Kesterson’s Wilton cake pan collection she donated to the Drake Public Library could easily be valued at more than $5,000. As an example, Wilton.com lists the Barbie cake pan at $15.99.
Kesterson said she had stopped making cakes and decided to donate the pans because it beat trying to sell them on Ebay.
“And I just thought the best thing to do would be to give them to the library,” Kesterson said. “If somebody else can get good out of them then that’s fine.”
Jami Livingston, Drake Public Library director, said other library’s have cake pans available for patrons. So why not at the Drake Public Library.
Livingston said the cake pans are just like other items offered for checkout. Show your library card and you can check out two cake pans for two weeks.
Livingston said the library tentatively is planning a cake decorating class in the near future.
Pam Reed, a part-time library employee from ExperienceWorks, photographed and cataloged each pan. The pans had to be organized before the library could start checking them out.
Wilton cake pans come in all shapes and sizes. Some take on generic shapes, others are based on well-known TV, cartoon, movie and book figures.
The cake pan makes the shape, but it’s the frosting that go onto the cake that makes it come alive.
Wilton.com calls them shaped pans. Wilton has been in business for more than 80 years. Wilton’s website offers online cake decorating classes.