Top Tips on Baking With Silicone Molds
Silicone molds are nonstick, flexible, and inexpensive, what’s not to love about them right? Well not quite, they do have their own flaws, and anybody who’s ever used silicone molds for baking probably knows that. If you’re interested in purchasing some silicone molds for baking, keep the following tips in mind.
Novelty Shapes aren’t Always Good
There is lot of novelty shaped silicone molds out there, and while they can be super cute they might not be the best ones to use for baking. The problem with them is, that they are usually much smaller than your normal cake tins are, which means you might have tons of left over cake batter and lot of waste.
If you do decide to invest in some of the novelty shapes, for baking, you might want to grab some muffin tins when you’re baking next time, so you can use all the leftover cake batter, and bake some cupcakes as well.
Silicone Molds are Versatile
Silicone molds can be used for much more than just cakes. You can also make some mini pies or quiches, pastries and snacks. So not just sweets but also lot of savory foods, use them for all they are worth.
180C and 180F are Not the Same!
Whenever you’re trying a new recipe, keep an eye on the temperature rating. 180C is 350F, you don’t want to accidentally melt your precious silicone molds. Also different molds can withstand different temperatures, from about -40C to +230C, but you want to definitely check each individual silicone mold to ensure they withstand the cold or heat, especially if you’re planning to do very high temperature cooking.
Flexibility can be your enemy
As mentioned earlier, silicone molds are flexible, and when generally this is a good thing, it can also work against you. So when you’re planning to make a large size cake in a silicone mold, keep it in mind that the silicone can bulge and misshape your cake.