Have you ever used silicone cupcake liners?
These things are amazing. Honestly amazing.
Check out this quick review where I share how easily your cupcakes and muffins will slip out of these silicone liners.
You can see in this photo below how the paper lined cupcake to the right got all messed up when I tried to remove the paper. Click here for the recipe for the cupcakes in the photo below.
I buttered and floured the tin for the middle cupcake, and it came out pretty good. A couple of things I don't like about greasing and flouring the tins is the extra mess, and the additional time it adds to the process.
One thing you may or may not notice but the silicone liner cupcake is slightly smaller than the other two. For me this is a good thing, I don't mind my cupcakes being a little smaller. Less calories but you still feel like you are getting a whole cupcake.
I bake primarily with coconut flour and I learned early on that parchment paper is an absolute must; otherwise your baked good sticks so badly that often quite a good bit is wasted. Who wants to spend time chewing cupcakes off paper liners? I know I don't, so I stopped using them altogether. Slathering butter and coconut flour [affiliate link] into the cupcake tin works a lot better so I was settling for that method. The only little problem is the cupcake tin is all messy. It works though.
I've heard about silicone baking utensils, but hadn't paid much attention. To be honest, it just doesn't seem right to put anything but metal or glass in the oven! Are there chemicals leaching? Who knows?
But one day I was browsing Amazon and BPA-free silicone caught my eye. Really? I asked some of my real foodie friends and the word on the ‘net was that silicone is probably okay to use occasionally. Kind of like how I feel okay using my ice cream maker even though the insert is aluminum, and I use non-stick baking pans every so often.
I bought a set and the first thing we tried in the silicone liners was scrambled eggs [affiliate link]. That was my husband's idea. It was pretty neat how the eggs just popped right out of the silicone molds. We just put the molds into the oven on the shelf and they baked up great.
The next thing I tried was my Faux Cornmeal Muffins. You can find the recipe in either of my e-books Beyond Grain & Dairy or Mastering the Art of Baking with Coconut Flour. I was delighted beyond words when they practically fell out of the silicone molds!
Have you used them? Do you like them?