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When I first encountered these, I found it hard to imagine that you can safely cook in them and that they don't melt. Once I had established that, I became a convert and have a tendency to use these and other silicone baking products each time I make some cakes or Yorkshire puddings.
These cup cakes come in a variety of colours and are the ideal size for little fancy cakes. It's a bit fiddly but you can get lots of bite sized cakes out of a mix and because the sides are semi-rigid, you get uniform looking buns. The big issue with the paper cases is that your buns look a bit lop-sided and of course you throw away the paper cases each time, whereas the silicone ones are re-usable.
I like the silicone loaf moulds as well as you get a lovely even-looking loaf and it comes out in one piece every time.
Once your buns have cooked (in my experience they cook in rather less time in these) you let them cool a bit and then gently ease back the edges and out pop your little cakes. The silicone cases can be washed up as normal and left to drain to be put away for next time.
The only issue I have with them is that after a number of uses, they can go a bit discoloured and sticky. In fairness this has been more evident in my silicone muffin 'tins' or moulds, in which I regularly make my Yorkshire Puds. Maybe it is because I coat them with oil as you would do with any other Yorkshire Pudding tin. They are still useable but if anyone out there knows how I can get these back to their original pristine state, please advise.
My latest silicone moulds in the house are little jelly ones in which I make jellies and little trifles and turn them out on a plate. These are good fun to make and eat. I suppose I should grow up a bit really. I'm knocking on a bit now for this.
In summary, I recommend all things silicone, except breast implants; I'm a fierce opponent of them - they're far too chewy and have little taste = although I do like the little cherries on the top.
Silicone moulds and cases are the latest in baking crazes. You can get small silicone cases like these for individual cakes, or all sorts of sizes and shaped ones.
These silicone cases are cupcake sized. They are made to replace the paper ones you buy, but they are reusable, so once you peel the cake out you can wash the case and reuse them. Just from my own practise, I soak these, give them a wipe over and then put them in the dishwasher to remove any lasting grease.
The cake cases are a soft bendy sort of plastic. It feels weird putting them in the oven as you think they are going to melt, but trust me they don't and they are not dangerous for your health either as they do not emit any poisonous or toxic gases.
You can buy them in a wide variety of colours and sizes (cup cake or muffin sized). The price varies, so it is worth shopping around to get them cheaply. They cost more than paper cases, but don't forget you only have to buy them once, and they last you, so it is more of an initial investment.
I find these fantastic if you are going to keep your cupcakes at home. They are not so handy if you are taking your cakes away from home as then you have to round up the cases again afterwards. I have learnt to keep a mixture of these and the disposable ones in the cupboard and use whichever ones are appropriate for the occasion!
Cupcake making and decorating is the 'in thing' to do at the moment, but fancy cake cases can be pricey and aren't the most environmentally friendly, they also don't always guarantee a good, uniform shape. I was recently informed about Paton Calvert silicone cupcake cases and I have to say I'm never going to use paper cases again!
These cupcake cases are made from flexible, heat and cold proof silicone and come in mini and standard size. It's roughly £5 for a pack of 12 standard sized, which are of a similar size to the paper cake cases you can buy in the supermarket. You can purchase these cake cases from a number of online retailers of homewares, including Amazon and ebay.
The silicone cases can be used in the oven just like the paper ones, but the bonus is that you can easily remove your cupcakes from the cases and these cases are washable and reusable. The cases are flexible and of a thin silicone material. They are heatproof and also can be used in the fridge or freezer to make jellies and desserts. You can also purchase baking tins for large cakes, cupcake/muffin trays and so forth made from silicone which are also really, really good. It's far easier to remove a cake from these than from the standard cake tins.
These cupcake cases do seem expensive, however, they can be reused as many times as you like. I've had mine for over a year and they get used regularly, but still show no sign or wear or tear. They're better for the environment too, thus making them good value for money.