I recently picked up an inexpensive set of 8 silicone baking cups on a whim at the grocery store and I’m starting to consider them a major find:
- Baking, they do everything that a muffin tin does — except that I can use the exact number I need.
- Another plus in baking is if you have a small oven you don’t have to worry whether the pan size will fit.
- If you don’t have a conventional oven, they’ll fit inside the Omnia Stove Top Oven, particularly with the new rack!
And they have three added benefits that make them great on a boat:
- They double as small serving dishes — just right for putting out a bunch of different snacks or for giving each person or seating area their own. The fact that they are nonbreakable and nonslip makes them even better!
- Take up very little storage space and they don’t make noise. The cups all stack together and they can even be used to wedge between other things to keep them from rattling.
- They’re perfect as a “travel water bowl” for a small dog — we can easily stick one in a pocket and fill it from a drinking fountain or our own water bottle.
A couple of notes on using them:
- Don’t spray silicone with nonstick spray — it turns brown in the oven and is almost impossible to remove. Silicone is naturally nonstick, so you shouldn’t need to use anything. If you really feel that you must, use a solid grease such as butter, margarine or shortening.
- Don’t overfill when baking as there is no lip to catch overflow — batter will run down the outside of the cup and onto the oven floor.
- Don’t overfill with semi-liquid snacks such as salsa, either — since the cups aren’t rigid, when you pick one up, anything liquid will rise in the cup. It can also slosh a bit if the boat rolls.
- Even though the cups are a little “squishy,” I haven’t needed to put a tray underneath to carry them or transfer into the oven.
The silicone baking cups are the same size as the paper liners and a set of 8 cost me just over $3. They were hanging on a hook in the baking aisle, no brand name or anything other than a sticker that said 100% silicone. If you can’t find them at your store, they’re also available at Amazon (US).
Quick note on washing them: I’ve found the easiest way to get those ridges clean is to flip each cup inside out and give a quick scrub with a nail brush going up-and-down the ridges. Only takes about 5 seconds a cup, as the silicone is naturally non-stick, so it’s not an onerous task. In fact, I find them easier to clean than conventional muffin tins due to being able to turn them inside out!