"So I made cakes in it, and now I know why she wanted to get rid of the thing. How do you clean them?? Everythign was well-greased and came out beautifully, but it left 'cake fur' behind, and that's miserable to clean out! I had to go in there with my hand and physically dig into every crevasse, and I am NOT doing that every time. There has to be a better way."
Use a bottle brush and it'll take no time at all to clean.
OK, on preview I see that Ms_Cellany suggested the same. So I'm with her.