“ Brand: Circulon Bakeware / Product Type: Roaster „
Enjoying a bit of baking as I do, I was delighted when all the youngest wanted for Christmas was "cooking things", which she asked each and every Father Christmas she encountered for, much to their bemusement. These cupcake cases were one of the items the "Father Christmas" who did the actual present purchasing found on a trip to Cargo. The Miniamo range is aimed at children and includes other items such as bowls and utensils, in my opinion these cases would be suitable for anyone who enjoys cooking - they really are great! As you can see from the description, the cases are made of silicone, which basically means that you can reuse them time and time again. They are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The cases are quite thin - just a little thicker than paper. They are flexible and slightly deeper than paper cases you would buy - they fit nicely into a muffin tin. For around £5-6 you get 12 cases, and they come in a clear plastic box - I'm not going to describe the range of colours as you can see them clearly above, but you get 3 each of the 4 different colours. They are also available in more primary colours if pastels aren't your thing. I bought them as I thought they looked suitably girlie for my mini-cook, and I was intrigued to see how well they would work having been impressed by silicone kitchen tools I own. Loathe as I am to rave about such a seemingly mundane item - these cases are fantastic to use! Nothing at all sticks to the case so you can easily pop your cake out of the mould, and there's no greasy residue, which is something I find can be a problem with paper cases. Being re-usable, using them saves on waste too. They seem to be very durable, they've already had a fair bit of use, and they are very easy to wash up - I prefer to do this by hand as it is a little tricky to get them to balance in the dishwasher. They are much easier for my mini-cook to put into the muffin tin than paper cases, being slightly thicker and also they don't stick to each other which also makes the task easier for her. They do get quite hot in the oven so care needs to be taken removing them from the tin when hot - I tend to leave them to cool for a while. Should we tire of these cases, they are fully recyclable, which is good to know. My only minor criticism of this item is that it would have been good to see these cases being packaged in a more durable box - the transparent acetate box they come in is not the most solid item, which is a shame. They are quite expensive - but I think silicone bakeware is always slightly pricey, and if you are a keen cook these are still worth it in my opinion. Overall I am fully converted to using these in preference to paper cases, which will now be reserved for use when we are making cakes for school sales and the like. We have used these for fairy cakes, muffins and mini omelettes, and everything has cooked well and evenly, and like I have said without any sticking. Highly recommended for little chefs and slightly more mature cooks alike!