I like to think of myself as something of a domestic Goddess. I frequently bake, cook, clean, make and create things in all areas of my home. Like many people I am trying to save money where possible and this is why I purchased these silicone cupcake cases. I purchased these back in 2011 for £3.25 from Amazon but they are currently available for a similar price, as part of the Amazon add on program, where if you spend £10 or more on selected items you can add low cost items, such as these, for a very reasonable price. These cases are also available from a wide variety of websites and companies that offer baking goods.
These silicone cupcake cases, by Kitchen Craft, come provided in a pack of 12. The cases are simple to store stacked inside one another which is great. My cases are a mixture of blue, orange, green and pink, with 3 of each colours which is nice if you like symmetry. These cases are 3" in size, dishwasher safe, flexible yet sturdy, have crinkled edges all the way around and are heat resistant up to 260 degrees celsius. These cases are designed for use either alone on a flat baking tray or within a muffin tin. I have used these mainly in a muffin tray as I just feel that it keeps the cases sturdy and ensures that if I wobble the tray when putting them in the oven that the cases and the mixture are not poured out.
These cupcake cases are simple to use, and rinse, and I usually just soak mine in a bowl of warm water before using a soft sponge to wipe clean. The cases are dishwasher safe too but I've never bothered putting them through mine. The cases produce lovely cupcakes, that are on the smaller side of cupcakes, but ideal for young children and adults alike. I do not like to make massive cakes often as I have a jaw problem that prevents me from biting large cakes in one go and I like the convenience of a small cake I can eat in just a couple of bites. Also, I get more from each batch I make. I tend to make a sponge style cupcake in these cases and these are great, the cases are flexible without being floppy meaning the cakes have a nice finish to them, even when turned out of the cases. I often take the cakes out of these cases as soon as they are cooled, so I can pipe them correctly, and the cakes take just a few seconds to 'peel'. I have found on occasion that the cakes leave a few little pieces behind here and there but I am not a huge perfectionist anyway so I don't mind too much. The silicone of the cases usually allows the cupcakes to be turned out whole but on occasion I have accidentally started to turn out the cakes before they have cooled fully and this has lead to a few cakes breaking up.
I must say that despite liking these cases for their convenience, colour, usability and low price I do not use them that often. I find that when I am baking cakes for others, for example for a lunch at my home, I like to use paper cases as I can use lots of different styles and I do not have to worry about the cases being peeled off and thrown in the bin. I do use these cases when it is just my husband and I having them but I am just in a habit of using paper cases and half the time I've got them filled up and ready to go in the oven before I remember I have 12 of these silicone cupcake cases in the drawer. I am able to buy 100 paper cases for under £1.00 usually by stocking up when they are on offer and this is so much more convenient than cleaning these cases, even though they are quick to clean despite their crinkles. If you want to reuse cases then these are definitely ones that I would recommend but if you want something convenient I would say that paper cases are definitely more convenient and time saving. My cases have held up well to being used in the oven and the silicone really shows no signs of wear and tear. I will continue to use mine, when I remember, and for their low price they are definitely worth the money but I probably wouldn't buy them again if I lost my set or something happened to them.
I'm by no means a keen baker and it is not something that I do regularly but occasionally I have cause to make a cake or two - birthdays, gatherings, Christmas etc. When I make cakes in small batches for private family gatherings I tend to use silicone cupcake cases rather than paper ones. This is largely to cut costs (not that paper cases cost a great deal!) and for such occasions it doesn't really matter if I serve the cakes case-less.
The idea of silicone cupcake cases is that they are completely re-useable - so in theory the set should last you a lifetime. I purchased a pack of 12 of these from Tesco for around £5 - they currently sell on Amazon for £3.04 (October 2013). The cases are the same size and shape as paper cupcake cases that you would by but, being made from silicone, are much thicker and sturdier to the touch. The cases are brightly coloured - three in each colour of pink, orange, blue and green. They are heat resistant up to 260 degrees Celsius, stain resistant and also dishwasher proof.
The cases are easy to use - they are heavier than paper cases so sit in the tins well and do not move when the cake mixture is added. When the cakes are cooled you can easily peel them off - and there is no chance of any of the case being left behind on the cake! They peel away easily, leaving the cakes fully in one piece. I have used these a number of times now and they wash up well - they have not stained at all or lost any of their colour. They are also in good condition with no tears or holes appearing. For the amount of baking I do, it would probably take me a fair while to actually make a saving on these versus paper cases but for someone who bakes regularly they are probably a sound investment - although you do only get twelve so they are not ideal for large batches.
Overall, these are a good quality baking tool. I love the bright colours too, they look great in my kitchen - they co-ordinate with other items from the Kitchen Craft range so you can accessorise your kitchen to match!
When I get the time I am a keen baker and often can be found in the kitchen covered in flour and sugar cooking up a mess as well as a storm and the kids love to get involved which usually means more mess! We bake cupcakes quite alot as they are kid friendly and they love to decorate and eat them! Recently I got fed up of constantly buying paper cake cases that just go in the bin so set out to look for some silicone cases as I own other silicone bakeware but not cake cases.
Seeing as I had a trail membership on amazon prime I searched on there and found these kitchen craft 12 pack of cake cases. I paid just over £3.50 and got free next day delivery which is a reasonable price. According to amazon the usual price is £5.95 which I don't think I would pay but I was happy with the price I got. I'm not sure if they are available elsewhere as I only looked on amazon.
Essentially these cake cases replace the paper ones most people use. They are a really good size for cupcakes (they are 7cm across)not too big or small. I know some of my friends use silicone cake cases with out a cake tin but I find that the cake mix tends to make the silicone spread out leaving an odd shaped cake but you can quite easily place these into a cake tin and that gives extra support so you get the perfect cake shape.
I have also found that if you don't grease or spray the cases with a cooking spray it can be difficult to get the baked cake out without breaking but greasing it first solves this pretty well.
I really like the bright colours of the cakes cases it makes them visually appealing and the colour stays just as bright use after use.
The cakes cases are heat resistant up to 260 degrees celcius or 500 degrees farenhiet so they have a good heat resistance as my oven only goes up to 240 degrees.
The cases aren't the easiest things to wash because of the grooves in the silicone, they are dishwasher safe but I don't find that this is very effective in getting them clean so I tend to soak them and do it by hand.
I like that they come with a 5 year product gaurantee too as this gives me piece of mind.
Overall I like the cases. The main selling point for me is them being reusable but along with this comes washing etc but its worth it. They feel like good quality and do the job well.
4 out of 5 stars.
I do a lot of baking and cupcakes are my favourite treat to bake for both myself and also to take to other people's houses for parties and barbeques.
I have a few Kitchen Craft products so I was really happy to buy these as all the other Kitchen Craft products that I've bought have been excellent so I was confident these would be too.
I bought them basically because I thought it would be much more economical than having to always have to keep buying paper cases for my cupcakes.
These are a perfect size they aren't mini but they aren't too big like some other silicone cupcake cases which are really more like muffin cases. These just make perfect cupcake sized cakes.
They are so incredibly easy to use and also to clean. The silicone is a really nice thickness and not thin like the cheaper ones and the cupcakes bake really well in them and the heat seems to distribute really well and I have never really experienced any difference between cooking with these and cooking with paper cases.
To use them I just pop my mixture in the cases and then put them on a baking tray and pop them in the oven.
The cupcakes look gorgeous when they are presented in these cases as they are brightly coloured and fun looking which is what I think cupcakes are all about. People always admire them when I give them a cupcake in the cases and you would be surprised with just how many people don't realise that you can actually get reusable cases like this.
Cleaning them is a cinch as nothing seems to stick to them and they just rinse clean. Obviously since you are reusing them you need to rinse them with some dishwashing liquid or put them in the dishwasher but it really doesn't do them any harm and they still look good even though I have baked them in the over and put them in the dishwasher so many times.
Because I can reuse these I never go to make cupcakes and find that I have run out of cases and they have more than paid for themselves in the time I have had them just with not having to buy paper cases which just seem to be getting more and more expensive.
The cases have a 5 year guarantee and come in a pack of 12 for only £5.
Hollie was off school poorly with earache when we first used these Colourworks Silicone Cupcake Cases, she watched an episode of I Can Cook and declared that she'd like to make some cakes for when her dad came home from work. I'm not really the baking sort and realised after rooting through the cupboard that a) I didn't know how to make cupcakes and b) I had nothing to make them with or in. We looked up a basic chocolate cake recipe, I made a note of the ingredients and went to Tesco to buy the stuff when my older girls' arrived home from school - it cost me £12, to make ten cupcakes. What the hell is that about when I can buy a box of ready made (and arguably superior) cakes from M&S for around a fiver?! Anyway, Tesco were selling a new baking magazine which had a few silicone items free on the cover and although I'd already bought a pack of super duper animal print paper cake cases I was drawn to the silicone cupcake cases so bought the mag and claimed the freebies.
There turned out to be four cupcake cases, two in bright pink and one each lime and seaside-blue. They were squashed flat to fit inside the plastic wrapping of the magazine but opened straight out when I took them out, I was impressed with the colours and general appearance as the cases have got a deep fluting which runs all the way from the top to the bottom and all the way around - I knew the cakes wouldn't come out embossed with this design but it gives the cupcake cases character and also allows the case to expand as the cake mixture rises. The silicone cases are sturdy and tall enough to stand unaided on a baking tray or you can sit each case into the hole in a muffin or fairy cake cooking tin, I mainly just use a baking tray whenever Hollie gets the urge to cook (in all honesty, only because I don't know where the other tins are) and have never really had a problem. Occasionally a case will fall over but this seems to be when the cake is semi-risen as it will carry on cooking at the strange fallen-over angle, I can't blame the case because our baking tray has an odd tendency to 'ping' sometimes when it gets hot and we think maybe the little jolt the tray does as it pings is knocking the occasional case over.
They create a nice size cake, the packaging tells me that each case is 7cm - in laymans terms, each of these silicone cupcake cases will give you a traditional fairy cake sized cake. They're slightly taller than the animal print paper cases but there's not much in it and the few millimeters difference in case size doesn't change the finished height of the cake anyway, I used my four silicone cases with six paper cases and the cakes looked identical in terms of size and colour with the only difference being that the silicone cases make the cakes appear much more vibrant on the plate than the faded-during-cooking paper cases. We've noticed something that happens only when we bake carrot cake cupcakes, then the cases will splodge outwards a little more than usual resulting in shorter but wider cakes - this actually works out great for carrot cake in particular as it gives a larger surface area over which to spread the delicious soft icing, but I can't fathom why the 'splodging' happens only with this specific cake when it's no more dense than the rich chocolate pudding things my sixteen year old makes in these cases.
The silicone cases are suitable for temperatures up to 260°C - this is hotter than the equivalent of gas mark 10 so I really can't see any need for you to require anything more heat resistant than the Cookworks variation on these cases, I've seen other brands boast of being safe to a higher temperature still but can't honestly see the point of buying them considering my oven rarely goes above gas mark 7! They're suitable for washing in the dishwasher (or would be if I had a dishwasher) but wash up so quickly and easily in a bowl of hot soapy water that once again I can't understand why anyone would bother loading these (and items like them) into a large appliance, running the wash cycle and unloading them again when you can have them scrubbed clean under the tap within a couple of minutes! I've never had anything stick to the silicone and you can pretty much rub any dollops of cake mixture off with your thumb before the case gets anywhere near water, sometimes a rogue chocolate chip with melt awkwardly into one of the folds in a case but boiling water will sluice baked on chocolate off of the silicone without you even having to touch it - the same is true if you serve your cakes still in their cases and make a mess with the icing, just pop the case in the sink and pour boiling water over the sticky gunk and it will just rinse away with no bother.
Whenever me and Hollie have made cakes we've popped them onto a plate still in the cases, for hygiene reasons and also because the cases make the cupcakes look more interesting. The problem is that these are obviously reusable but people are used to throwing away their empty cake cases, if you're anything like me you'll end up neurotic watching as the people who have picked up the silicone cakes finish their cake - ready to shout 'don't bin the case' as they take their last bite. We've kept all four together but I suspect that's mainly because it's such a small collection that we can keep track of them, I'm sure the more I had the more I'd lose to the bin - I mentioned this to my friend this morning and she confided that she's actually retrieved her silicone cases from the bin on the morning after a party after counting up and realising that some had been thrown away, the beauty of silicone being that she could boil sterilise them in water to get rid of 'bin germs' (although I must admit no amount of boiling water would be enough to get me rooting around in a rubbish bin for a cupcake case...!).
On Amazon you can buy twelve Colourworks Silicone Cupcake Cases for around £5 including delivery, this is great value considering they're reusable and come with a five year guarantee. I'm glad to have our four as a way of ringing the changes when baking with Hollie, but I can't see that I'll buy any more as we're just as happy with patterned paper cases which we can at least swap and change depending on our mood.
I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Five days out of seven I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen. As such I've got a wide selection of baking paraphernalia, and I also tend to end up receiving baking goodies for Birthdays and Christmas too.
For my Birthday earlier this year one of my friends bought me a selection of the Kitchen Craft Colourworks Silcone baking items. One of the items that was included was these silicone cupcake cases. Well actually she'd bought me two packs of the silicone cupcake cases, each pack contains 12 silicone cupcake cases, so I've got 24 cases in total.
Each pack contains brightly coloured silicone cases in 4 different colours; 3 of each in orange, turquoise blue, lime green and cerise pink. As I said I didn't buy these myself, they were a gift, but I believe that they retail for about £3/4 per pack.
These are made of ultra flexible silicone but it is quite a substantial silicone. You don't need to insert these inside a cupcake tin to use them they will stand up perfectly well on just a baking sheet. They do however produce slightly flatter and wider cupcakes when used without the support of a cupcake tin, they splay out ever so slightly during the baking process. To be honest you'd never really know the difference though unless you compared the 2 different finished results.
As with other silicone bakeware you can use these cupcake cases in the oven (up to 260 degrees C), the microwave, the fridge and the freezer, and they are also dishwasher safe. Sometimes though they do flip and turn back the right way up in the dishwasher as they are so lightweight, and so they then just need a quick final rinse under the hot tap after I've taken them out of the dishwasher.
It's very easy to unmould your finished cupcakes from these, I've never had any cupcakes stick to these at all. You can choose to serve your cupcakes in the silicone liners or remove the liners first.
These do seem to be really good quality, they haven't stained or warped or cracked at all, and the bright colours haven't faded at all. I've had loads of use out of these so far, they certainly work out much cheaper than buying the regular paper cupcake cases as they are reuseable many many times over.
My almost 19 month old daughter really enjoys making buns (particularly liking the spoon afterwards!) and so in the last month, I have ended up making buns around once a week with my daughter, and I was going through quite a few bun cases, and so with a little bit of money left on my amazon voucher, I bought a 12 pack of these silicone Kitchen craft cupcake cases for just over £3. I also thought it would help keep my buns in better shape than a flimsy paper case and be much more colourful when it came to bringing out for parties or when people were round.
I love the colours of these cupcake cases and as you can see above from the photo, there is a variety of bright colours, so your cupcakes/buns will really look pretty when being set out for a party etc. Each of these cases is approximately 7cm which is the perfect size for homemade fairy cakes or cupcakes, or even little krispie buns that my daughter and I like to make. These cases come with a 5 year guarantee which gives a good impression of the quality of the item, that the manufacturers will make that promise for that length of time.
The obvious great thing about these cases is that they are reusable, so you don't need to keep buying paper cases and they are also a lot sturdier than the paper kind as well. They are heat resistant to 260C so they are perfectly safe in your oven and come out the same way as they went in. As well as being heat resistant, these silicone cases are perfectly safe to put in the dishwasher an the fridge.
What I really like is that it doesn't matter how many times these cups are used, and I have been using them for about a month now, and there is not even a hint of discolouring or losing shape. They are sturdy, meaning that if you are making fairy cakes they keep the sponge part in a good shape when they go into the oven and perfectly shaped when taken out. I have put krispie buns in the fridge in these cases and the cold has not damaged the cases at all. I currently don't have a dishwasher so handwash these, and I find them easy to wash and they dry quickly.
All in all, this is a great set of silicone cases, perfect for making cupcakes or buns. THey are brightly coloured, hold their shape and work great in the oven and it saves you having to buy paper cases if you make buns regularly. THey would also look great at a party!
It is no secret amongst people that know me that I like to bake and I am often found in the kitchen making brownies, cake pops and cupcakes for my family and friends. As such this Christmas one of my friends called round with my gift and one of the things she had bought me was a set of the kitchen craft colourworks silicone cupcake cases from amazon. I had been interested in silicone bake ware before had never actually purchased any and so I was really pleased with my present.
There are twelve cupcake cases in the set from amazon and you get four of a bright blue, green, orange and pink colour so they really do stand out well. They came packed in a plastic packaging but this wasn't really reusable and so I threw that away as the cases stack really well in to each other anyway and so take up hardly any space in the cupboard.
The cupcake cases are made from a flexible silicone and I have to say I was wondering if they would hold the cake mixture properly and also if they would stick to the cakes but I need not have worried! I am really impressed with the bright colours used to make these as I think it adds a little fun to baking plus the fact that they are reusable obviously makes sense too as there is no need to continually buy the paper cases.
Each time I use these cupcake cases I just grease them slightly with a little butter on the inside so to ease removal of the cakes when cooked and this seems to work really well. The cases hold the cake mixture well and I do like quite a full cake so fill them to around the three quarter full mark. What I love about these cases is that they seem to just make the perfect cupcake which rises in the middle and comes to an almost point! Removing the cakes when they are cooked is literally often a case of just tipping the case over but on the rare occasions I have to peel the case off they come off easily and without keeping half of the cake in the bottom. I love how my cakes look so neat when using these cases and they are so easy to use as well.
These cupcake cases can stand heat of up to 260 degrees which for me is more than fine as I tend to bake my cakes on around a 200 degree heat anyway! They are very hot to the touch for a minute or two after removal from the oven and so I would advise you do wait a little while before removing the cakes from the cases. Washing the cupcake cases after use is also very simple as they are so flexible and so literally turn inside out for really easy cleaning!
I think these cupcake cases are around the same size as the paper ones you can buy in the shops but in my opinion they are so much better as they are easy to use, recyclable and product a better cake too. I would certainly recommend these cases to the keen cupcake baker and I will certainly look to invest in other silicone bake ware too. These ones cost £4.19 currently on amazon and I think that is a very fair price to pay.
Thank you for reading my review!