I love having my toddler in the kitchen with me and am thrilled that she has an interest in cooking; however, trying to make something edible with a two year old underfoot if often difficult and almost always messy! These silicone cupcake molds from California Kitchenware have made letting her help with cupcakes, muffins, and cornbread much easier. The cups are sturdier than paper cups and easy for little hands to manipulate. They can be placed in muffin pans or allowed to free stand on a cookie sheet. The molds stood up to my toddler filling them repeatedly with a spoon. They are also very easy to wipe off with a damp cloth if a small amount of batter spills in an unintended part of the mold. I love that these silicone cups are reusable and they held up beautifully in the top shelf of our dishwasher.
Out of six cornbread muffins, the kids and I made three using the non-stick spray “PAM,” which I often use with my muffin tin and traditional, paper cupcake holders, and three without. There was a notable difference in how the cornbread baked as you can see here. The edges of the cornbread with the PAM are much browner and crispier. In two of the three cases, the cornbread shelled out just as easily with the PAM as without. There was one cornbread (see the picture of the blue mold below) that didn’t quite come out whole. So, I wouldn’t call them 100% non-stick and would prefer to use them with the PAM, but given how much easier they make baking with my littles and the decrease in waste, I’m still giving them a thumbs up!
About the Product: California Kitchenware Butterfield Silicone Cupcake Molds
- Set of 12 baking cups measuring 2″x3″x1.5″ in blue, pink and yellow.
- No muffin pan necessary; place directly on cookie sheet when baking cake, breakfast muffins, etc.
- Freezer, microwave, oven safe (up to 500 degrees F) top rack dishwasher safe or hand wash
- Non-stick food-grade silicone is fun for kids but uncompromising in performance
- Premium packaging makes a great gift
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