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7 tips for silicone baking molds

All baking molds are now also available as silicone baking molds *. There are shapes that a hobby baker cannot make with a normal baking pan, as it is almost impossible to remove the dough from the mold. I prefer conventional baking molds for classic round or square cakes and silicone baking molds for special shapes such as hearts, stars, houses, etc. Here you get much nicer shapes and the cake has more details.

Another advantage of the silicone molds is that they can be stowed away to save space. The silicone baking molds can be folded up and they take up a lot less space than aluminum baking molds.

However, there are a few things that you should pay attention to when baking with silicone molds, so that you have something from them for a long time and the cake is perfect. Here I give tips on buying silicone molds, using silicone molds for the first time, filling, cleaning and other ways of using silicone molds in the microwave or freezer.

What should you consider when buying a silicone baking mold?

When I buy a new silicone baking mold, I make sure that the mold doesn't smell too strong. This is often an indication that other plastics or harmful substances have also been processed. I also make sure that the silicone baking molds do not have too thin walls. In the case of large molds, it can otherwise happen that they lose their shape or the details are no longer there after baking.

First use - grease silicone molds

If you are using the mold for the first time, it should be washed out with warm water and a little washing-up liquid. Before pouring in the dough, the mold should be rinsed with cold water and not dried. Basically you don't have to grease silicone molds.

Filling the silicone baking mold

I have often read that some have problems with filling the dough in the soft baking pan. When the tin is full and you want to put it in the oven, it loses its shape and runs out. The easiest way to do this is to put the silicone mold on a baking sheet, then fill it with batter and then push the whole baking sheet into the oven. Likewise, you should not fill the baking pan to the edge, but leave space. When buying, you can also make sure that the shape has a stable ring on the edge. Nothing has leaked to me with such silicone baking molds.

Cake: burnt on the outside - liquid on the inside

If you use a silicone mold with a lot of volume, the cake is usually already done or burnt on top and still liquid or raw on the inside. This can be avoided in two ways when baking with the silicone mold: Either bake at a lower temperature or cover the top of the mold with baking paper. This will bake the dough evenly.

Cake cannot be removed from the mold

Sometimes the cake cannot be removed from the silicone mold. You should let the cake cool down for about 10 minutes after baking and then carefully tip it out of the silicone baking pan. The shape should be raised at the edge. If you let the cake cool completely in the pan, it will be a lot harder to get out. Please never use a knife or other sharp objects to loosen the cake. This can damage the silicone baking mold.
Sponge cake sticks to the mold faster than other types of dough. Here it is advisable to always grease the silicone standard before filling it.

The cleaning of silicone molds

Silicone molds can be cleaned in the dishwasher. In most cases, however, it is sufficient to just rinse the silicone baking molds with hot water.

Other possible uses

There are also other ways to use silicone molds. The silicone baking mold can be used in the microwave as well as in the oven. They are therefore ideally suited for microwave cakes. Another application of silicone molds is the production of ice cubes. Simply fill the silicone mold and put it in the freezer to make ice, freeze ice cubes or something.

Note: After being asked several times, you can buy the Lego silicone mold here *.

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Do you have any further tips for the use, handling or storage of silicone baking molds? Then leave me a comment.