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Silicone Cupcake Holders: Love It or Hate It?

Although I've never been interested in the silicone craze, recently I was curious to experiment with pliable bakeware. At first, I felt happily eco-friendly using the silicone cupcake holders. However, one of the reasons a cupcake is so wildly popular is because it's a portable individual cake that requires no utensils or cleanup. Not true with silicone cupcake holders.

When I brought the cupcakes into the office and invited the Sugar girls to enjoy one, there was a lot of confusion concerning the silicone cups, and a couple gals almost threw them in the trash! In the end, I had to send an email out to everyone asking them to kindly return the cups.

How do you feel about silicone bakeware?

Mistyz23 Mistyz23 8 years
These are also used in lunches/bentos to put sauces or small snacks in.
sophlb sophlb 8 years
I love using cute paper liners, but I also have a bunch of silicone liners too. Most muffin or cupcake recipes make at least a dozen, and if I baked them all at once, I'd probably eat them all. So I bake some in paper liners immediately, and then I freeze others in silicone liners (wrapped in Ziplocs) and bake them off later. Since the silicone's sturdier, it works out pretty well and I always have delicious baked goods ready to go!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Pass. I prefer more sturdy casing for them, esp since I am usually using one hand to put them in and take them out.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i like these more since they are reusable and they don't have trash. yes you have to wash them, but it's less paper that goes into a landfill since you can't recycle it.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I just got some of these as a wedding present and I am so excited! I haven't used them yet, but they look really cool and I like that they are reusable.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I don't use cupcake liners. But I don't like silicone anything. The chemicals creep me out.
raizetheroof raizetheroof 8 years
I actually own some and they're great. I made some red velvet cupcakes. But I took them out of the cups and served them by itself. It comes out very easy.
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 8 years
I admit, I've only tried it once. But it doesn't stick and I hate, hate having to go out to buy more liners. My husband finishes the batch of cupcakes before I can even share it with friends so I guess I don't worry about losing the cupcake holders since it's all at home and he was well trained. =)
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've never had any luck with silicone bakeware. I'd never thought about the confusion issue until you mentioned it. Completely agree that the portability of cupcakes is part of why they're so popular and fun.
Green-Apple Green-Apple 8 years
The silicon cups are fine but I'm old fashioned. I just lie peeling the paper off a cupcake before eating it. I'm going to keep using paper.
esk4 esk4 8 years
I use paper liners made from recycled paper...
care0531 care0531 8 years
Papers are so much better when you are baking for a party or a bake sale etc. Who wants to eat a cup cake that is unwrapped- you don't know who handled it and if their hands were clean! Gross! I have the silicone cake pan and I hate it! The first time I used it I went to put it in the oven and totally forgot with silicone you have to give it more support and some of the batter spilled out onto the floor- my dog loved it!
only-so-cute only-so-cute 8 years
i could see using them at home just for the family, but even still i don't know. i do have a peace sign shaped silicone pan that i enjoy using.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't have the cupcake liners, but I do have silicone cake pans and I think they work really well. I'd probably try silicone cupcake liners...sounds like they'd work well as long as you remember to spray them first. It sure beats having to throw away the paper ones.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I can't seem to bake things without the liners. I've tried 3 times and they end up a mess in the tray! I really want some of these but I can never find them in packs larger than 4! I hate how paper liners get all weirdly shaped after a while and don't sit in the muffin pan right.
eludington eludington 8 years
I have them, but I never use them for cupcakes. They are great to put a little dip or peanut butter in in a larger container or tiffin for lunches (as long as you don't tip it upside down). I also use them to freeze individual portions of sauces. I put marinara sauce in them, let them freeze, then pop them out, and put the little pucks in a zip-top bag.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I prefer the paper, it's just less hassle. But I do have a silicon bread pan, a pair of silicon tongs, and a silicon basting brush, that I love! I think the silicon is good for some things and not so good for others!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
im with wmoonw, i prefer to pam my cupcake trays, which are nonstick anyway, and just serve as is. if i had to use liners, i might still stick with the paper ones, since they do look annoying to clean, and too many people would throw them out rather then realize its reusable
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
Hmm . . . if I were really that worried about the waste generate by cupcake liners, I would just bake the cupcakes without liners, like you would bake muffins. With all the other ways you could greenify your baking, I just can't imagine that these make that much of a difference.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
One of mine accidentally went through the washing machine with a load of laundry (I still don't know how it got in there) but it ended up really clean that way. I like them, I use them for muffins usually and I haven't had problems with them. I got a cute cookbook called "Cook it in a Cup" that came with 6 and recipes that are easy for kids. There are lots of other things you can do with those silicon cups.
elainemak1 elainemak1 8 years
The way I feel about it is that you're either throwing away the small paper wrapper, or you're wasting energy to heat the water to clean them. Either way, you're wasting something, so I go with the paper liners.
Unfortunate Unfortunate 8 years
I agree with Veg. I have some (some normal, some with little feet) and as cute as they are, even with a spray of pam we ended up losing a lot of the cupcakes in the silicon wrapper. And the ones with feet were especially hard to get out.
digigirl digigirl 8 years
I go back and forth on these. I do like that I'm not throwing away (and buying more) paper liners all the time. But if you don't get them coated with Pam, they do stick pretty badly. They can be a pain to clean, but if you put them in a big bowl of hot soapy water and let them soak, you can then wipe them out pretty quickly. I think they are very good for some things, but not a perfect replacement for paper.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
I don't think they're troublesome to clean, at all! Everything in my cups just slips right out as soon as you wipe a cloth over them. Did you remember to give them a spray of Pam? My best tip is to just remove the cupcakes from the cups before they're completely cooled. Yes, that means your friends will be touching cake. But seriously, what? Is that seriously a problem?
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