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10 Tips on Baking with Silicone Molds

Updated on March 15, 2016

Ever since silicone baking molds made their way onto the market, I've been a huge fan. They're naturally non-stick, flexible, brightly colored, and delightfully inexpensive.

That said, they're not perfect, and I've had my fair share of silicone baking cup disasters. If you're interested in purchasing some silicone baking molds, or if you want to be better at using the ones you have, keep the following tips and tricks in mind.

Kitchen Supply Mini Muffin Silicone Baking Cups, 1-7/8-Inch(measurement of bottom of cup), Set of 12
Kitchen Supply Mini Muffin Silicone Baking Cups, 1-7/8-Inch(measurement of bottom of cup), Set of 12

These are small, but SO versatile and really fun to work with. The one caveat- they're a hassle to clean.

 

Smaller is Better

I've found that, on the whole, smaller silicone baking cups (e.g. minimuffin cups and cupcake cups) do much better than larger cake pans, mostly because they're more rigid and less likely to bend and crack still-gooey just-baked muffins and cupcakes.

These silicone baking molds are also easier to find, less expensive, and the most versatile (more on that below) sorts of silicone baking molds one might buy, so if you buy anything, I'd recommend choosing these.

If you only buy one type of silicone baking cups, get the normal, cupcake-sized ones. If you're willing to get two different kinds, I heartily recommend the minimuffin cups.

Matching Sets Rock

Because silicone molds are so versatile and inexpensive, there are a lot of specially-shaped ones that one can purchase. While they're cute, I recommend staying away from them. They're typically small and less likely to be able to accommodate all of a typical recipe's worth of batter, so you'd either need to buy multiples of one mold or bake in tons of batches.

In the name of practicality, I recommend going with just one large baking mold or a matching set comprised of multiple baking molds that can accommodate a full recipe. It might be disappointing to realize this, but novelty and uniquely-shaped silicone baking molds are the ultimate impulse buys of the silicone kitchen implement world!

Mix and Match

If you do end up getting a couple of novelty molds, one way to make a full recipe's worth of cake or some other bread-like concotion is to amass a collection of different baking molds, or to have extra silicone baking cups on hand to make small muffins or cupcakes with the batter that doesn't fit into your novelty-shaped silicone baking mold.

It's nice to have these extra snacks on hand, even if they aren't specially shaped, and make for fun leftover treats.

DEFINITELY Grease Larger Pans

Like I said, silicone baking molds are extra convenient because they don't typically require greasing. Still, some baking molds, especially the larger ones, still require greasing or buttering and flouring.

Yes, it's a hassle, but it makes a difference, especially because cakes baked in larger silicone baking molds are at a higher risk of cracking in the malleable molds than they would in metal pans.

Greasing and flouring pans can be awesome though- one thing I do is substitute cocoa powder for flour when I'm baking chocolate cakes. It contributes to a better exterior appearance and is EXTRA fun to lick out of an emptied pan.

Grease for Easier Cleaning

While only larger pans really REQUIRE greasing, it's easier to clean smaller silicone baking cups when they've been greased.

Fully greasing and flouring these cups is not necessary, but you might consider spraying them with some sort of nonstick cooking spray. Alternately, you can keep them entirely clean by putting paper baking cups inside them and just using the silicone cups for structure.

Soak in Soapy Water to Wash

Cleaning larger silicone baking pans is pretty easy, but cleaning the smaller ones, especially the minimuffin cups, is more difficult, especially because there are so many of them!

The most efficient way I get around to washing these is to immediately toss the empty cups into warm, soapy water, let them soak, rub the crumbs out of them, and then rinse them and let them dry. After they're dry, I may give the cups an additional wipe with a damp cloth, especially if I've made savory muffins in them, because they're more likely to harbor some residual grease.

Multitask with Baking

Silicone baking molds are good for more than just making cakes and muffins. Smaller silicone baking cups are also great for making:

  • Mini pies and quiches
  • Cheesy puff pastry appetizers
  • Delicious snacks made with wonton wrappers

And lots of other savory snacks. So don't just make sweets with your cups- use them for all they're worth!

Multitask with Serving

In addition to baking both sweet treats and savory snacks in silicone baking cups, I recommend using them (again, mostly the smaller ones) for more than just baking.

They make great little serving cups for parties- you can put small snacks in them like jellybeans, nuts, and small candies, and because they come in such cute shapes and colors, they can really fancy-up a party platter! The extra benefit here is that, unlike other little serving cups, they are washable and reusable. How lovely and eco-friendly is THAT?

Pare Down Your Kitchen Collection

What really got me started on silicone baking molds was not an attraction to their fun shapes and bright colors but rather the prospect of being able to make muffins and cupcakes in a small dormitory kitchen, where I honestly did not have the space for a metal muffin pan.

The great thing about these baking cups and molds is that they stack brilliantly and take up about as much space as an espresso or coffee cup (depending on their size). This means that you can use these cups as an excuse to get rid of some of your bulkier baking pans!

That said, I recommend holding on to your old-fashioned metal cake pans. I have both metal and silicone cake pans and NEVER use the silicone ones. They're just an accident waiting to happen.

Know When to Stick with Metal

As I just mentioned above, there are some instances in which I would advice against converting so silicone. This is the case with pretty much all larger baking pans. Why? When it comes to larger cakes, it is better to have a rigid, more supportive material.

The one time in which I would advocate the purchase of a larger silicone cake pan is if it's a specially shaped novelty pan, but only if you can't find the same shape in a metal pan. So as a general rule of thumb, I'd just opt for metal pans when dealing with larger confectionary treats.

What is your top tip for using silicone kitchen tools?

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Really good tips on silicone baking pans. I have wondered whether I wanted to make the switch.

      Voted up.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I've never seen these in person. I wouldn't buy novelty shapes. I am very much a person of multiple usuage in everything I buy.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks RTalloni! I say make the switch, but only with the smaller baking cups. Stay away from larger silicone pans.

      And I'd say that those smaller silicone baking cups make excellent multitaskers, FloraBreenRobison- they're much more versatile than metal muffin tins! Thanks for stopping by the Hub :D

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      Loving this! It seems I haven't been treating mine right. I have a set of bread, quiche and other baking silicone stuff, baking sheet is the only one I use though because the rest tend to misshape under any kind of pressure like you say!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Washington

      Very helpful. Thank you. I have long considered buying some silicone baking molds but wondered if I would like them. I certainly considered the drawbacks of the larger molds flexing on my and dumping my batter all over the place. :( I think I might try the cupcake molds now.

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      wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K.

      I bought some silicone bakeware not long ago and I have to agree the smaller ones are far better. I also have some mini muffin moulds and they are super cute.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Silicone is the new sliced bread. I was never too struck on silicone when it became the rage, but now i think it is a bakers best friend. Easy to clean, no greasing and the cakes come out a treat. thanks for the info

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      Joana 4 years ago

      The spelling of flour is incorrect. It's spelt as flower, which is wrong.

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      HubPages 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out! Fixed. :D

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      Useful - got to admit, I do have some silicone bakeware but I don't use it much. I still have to get used to the idea that it won"t melt in the oven. Anyhow, I do have some silicone moulds that I use for soap making - they are great for that.

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      Anon 3 years ago

      Can you use silicone molds for steaming? Thanks.

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      Cynthianne Neighbors 3 years ago

      I like t use my mini silicone cupcake molds in my Bento. It is great for keeping the pickles and olives separate, for example. Good article.

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      Reena Mohapatra 3 years ago

      Very useful tips. Can I use these molds both for microwave oven as well as for OTG?

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      Dimple nirh 3 years ago

      Good information I would like to know if I can use silicone moulds in an otg ?

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      Mariz Go 2 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I love the pretty colours too and I agree with the flexibility and choosing the small cup sizes. The big ones tend to fold. I'm into cake pops these past months and I'm pretty sure I'm in love with my Keetzen silicone cake pop mould. It's just so easy to use! If you're keen, I got mine here :D

      http://amzn.to/1kKwVkw

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      Maria 2 years ago

      I got square silicone baking cups from Publishers Clearing house.

      My question: do I put them on a baking pan or directly on the wire oven rack?

      Thanks

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      Nicole 2 years ago

      For how long you have to leave in the microwave or in the oven thank you

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      al 2 years ago

      but the last sentence says she never uses silicone

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      Peg 2 years ago

      Delicate cupcake size pies, ice shape, silicon is great

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      Sija 19 months ago

      Can a Silicone mould be used in a Pressure Cooker for baking a cake??

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      Jyoti 17 months ago

      Can a Silicone mould be used in a Pressure Cooker for baking a cake??

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      Deb 14 months ago

      Does the temperature change for silicone. Or do you just use the temp as it days on the recipe?

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      Kees 4 months ago

      Thanks very much for your tips. Sofar I have only used my moulds for freezing tomato puree which works very well too. Today I'll start baking!

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      mandifrison 3 months ago

      Great advice on silicone bakeware. I would have to say my experience with silicone baking has been a bit different after I found the right ones. I bake everything in them, even the large ones. You just have to have the right ones. They clean up easy, I have never lost a cake and I even bake cheesecake in them, without any issues. You do need a good base to put them on. Perforated baking sheets are the best for the air to allow even heating, IMO. Check out these videos and let me know if I can help you. While, I am promoting an amazing product, I don't think this is considered promoting an article or other sites. If this is not allowed, please delete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeXG_JEA7rs

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjVVFiP5Ox4

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      Anushka gupta 7 weeks ago

      Can we use silicone cake moulds to bake a cake in pressure cooker or can we put silicon cake mould inside cooker for baking

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      6 weeks ago

      Can we use these cups in pressure cooker

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