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Tips on Using Silicone Baking Cups

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I've been using silicone baking cups to make muffins or cupcakes for a few years. Some things work well and others don't turn out so masterful.


Here are some tips based on my experience using silicone baking cups:

• Don't let them loose in the dishwasher. Yes, most of them are dishwasher safe, but they're so light they'll end up in the bottom of your dishwasher. A few people I've talked to have said that baskets designed for washing baby bottles work well for the cups if you want to wash them in the dishwasher.

• When washing the baking cups by hand, use a scrub brush. I tried letting them soak and then washing them with a dishcloth, but that always leaves crumbs, usually not that noticeable until the cups dry!

• You don't have to use the silicone baking cups with a muffin pan, but you'll be happier if you do. I've tried it both ways several times, and the muffins are better formed with nice crowns when they have the support of a muffin pan. Without the pan, the muffins still turn out perfectly edible, but they are flatter on top and uneven around the edges.

• The brand I like best is SiliconeZone. They seem more flexible and easier to clean than other brands I've tried like KitchenAid.

Do you have any tips for using silicone baking cups?

(Image by Peggy Rowland)