Reynolds Fun Shapes Bakware are a line of small, shaped pans sold as disposable bakeware by Reynolds. I would venture to say that the little aluminum pans are a variation on traditional paper muffin cups, rather than a completely new concept in bakeware. No matter what you call them, however, a really versatile product.
The pans come in star and heart shapes, as well as oval/egg shapes around Easter time. The foil layer is very thin, making it relatively easy to distort the pan shape when you’re handling them. That said, the cups are more stable than more traditionally shaped baking cups. The sides are straight and are strong enough to contain even a very thick batter without warping. They can be set directly on a baking sheet (no need for a specialty pan)Â and could eve be set directly on an oven rack if necessary. Pricewise, they’re comparable to regular muffin cups – making them an inexpensive way to get the same look as that of an expensive shaped pan.
Each one holds about as much batter as a regular muffin tin, perhaps a bit more. Since they are shallower than mot muffin cups, the baking times comes out to be about the same. If you do any small-batch baking, these can work out really well just based on size alone.
These pans are nothing new; they’ve been around for a couple of years now. They tend to be more readily available during the holidays, around the baking aisle of the average supermarket.
EagleSeptember 9, 2008
I buy way too many of these when they come out each time, that way I’ve always got a decent stock of their various shapes. They’re great for baking and for shaping non-bake sweets and the like. They had ghosts and pumpkins last year for Halloween too.
MeganSeptember 9, 2008
Have you tried using browned butter in the frosting too? I imagine you would have to let it set up awhile before it could be used, but I’m curious how versitile browned butter really is. I’ve only used it in cookies so far, but I’ve been pleased with the results.
garrickSeptember 9, 2008
The ghost pans turned 180 degrees can be decorated as witch hats, too. Love them!
SallySeptember 10, 2008
I used these individual tins all the time when I lived in an apt that had no oven—I had to rely on my toaster oven and not even a 6-cup muffin tray would fit in that(it was one of the older style ones, not these giant ones of today). Still, I have visions of people making one or two cupcakes in a dorm room using a contraband toaster oven.
sandyOctober 17, 2008
can any one tell me were to buy the fun shaped baking cups. i can not find them any where HELP email email@example.com
GlenJune 23, 2009
buy them 2 for one dollar at some 99cents stores!
MargaretApril 1, 2010
I would like to have the star, heart and egg shaped foil baking cups, but have been unable to find them. Can they be ordered directly from Reynolds?
MargaretApril 1, 2010
I read that they also have ghosts and pumpkin foil cups. Please help me find some of them also.