“ Brand: Lakeland / Type: Bakeware „
These cupcake cases were given to me as a gift for my birthday a couple of years ago. My soon to be mother-in-law knows how much I love baking so she always buys cookware and bakeware as a thoughtful gift. They are from Lakeland, and they come in four different colours: blue, green, yellow and pink. There are twelve in a set, which consists of three of each colour.
The cupcake cases are made from non-stick silicone, and are reusable which makes them a good investment. They have a diameter of 7cm, and a height of 3cm, which makes them suitable for cupcakes and muffins. They are microwave safe, oven safe, freezer safe, and also dishwasher safe, making them very versatile. They can withstand temperatures up to 230 degrees.
The cases are currently on sale in Lakeland for £6.99. Although this might seem expensive for cupcake cases, they are reusable, and they do last a while so it probably works out good value in the long run. I've had mine for a couple of years now, and I use them quite often. They're in as good condition as they were when I first had them.
I mainly use these for muffins rather than cupcakes, although I do a lot of baking so have used them for both. The cases are sturdy so you don't have to place them in a baking tray with holes (not sure what they're called!), but instead they will hold their shape and the weight of the mixture if they are left freestanding on a normal baking tray. They have grooves/ridges around the side which gives your cake a nice shape.
The Lakeland website also states that these are useful for individual portions of things like jelly and mousse, which hadn't occurred to me before but as they are freezer-safe you could do other desserts than cakes in them, and they are very sturdy for this kind of thing.
I'm not sure whether it's true or not but I once read somewhere that silicone cupcases help the cakes to cook more evenly. I would say I've noticed a difference in the outcome of my baking since using these, either I'm getting better with practise or these cases do help the mixture to cook more evenly. The cupcases are definitely non-stick, as it's very easy to remove them once your muffins or cakes are baked. The cases just peel off and it avoids getting any paper bits stuck to your cakes.
In terms of cleaning, these cases are dishwasher safe so I usually just put them in the dishwasher to avoid the need to leave them to soak. They usually come out clean but sometimes bits of cake can be stuck in between the grooves so you just have to keep an eye on this and give it a wipe with a scourer if needed. The most annoying thing is that they take ages to dry. When they come out of the dishwasher they've usually turned upside down during the cleaning process, so you have to be careful when removing them that you don't soak your feet or the floor! They are usually a bit wet still so I leave them to dry on the draining board because drying in between all the little grooves is very fiddly.
I love these cases, and would never go back to using paper ones after using these.