While silicone isn’t good for everything, there are some distinct advantages to using it. The biggest advantage is that silicone is nonstick, so it is always easy to work with when it comes to making candies or working with other sticky things. Silicone baking mats and pans are also reusable, while nonstick alternatives like parchment paper are disposable, even if you can sometimes get more than one use out of them. Most mats, like Silpats, are rectangular in shape and are meant to be used on cookie pans, but there are circular silicone cake pan liners, too! These mats fit easily into a round cake pan and pretty much eliminate the need to ever line a pan with parchment paper (although greasing the sides is still a good idea). The nonstick mat helps the cake to cook evenly and is nonstick, so when you turn the cake out of the pan, you can peel it right off, wash it and it’s ready for the next time.
The only drawback is that these mats are usually only sold in certain standard sizes – 8-inches, 9-inches, etc. – and can be very difficult to find for cake pans that are smaller or larger. So don’t through your parchment paper out just yet, but you might want to keep these in mind for everyday cake baking.
FlorMay 19, 2009
Pretty nice! And eco friendly, for sure…
snooky doodleMay 19, 2009
really interesting 🙂
ChristinaMay 19, 2009
I bought these in red thinking that they’d be a big time saver and eco-friendly. I washed them in warm soapy water and put them to use right away. Well, they ruined my cake. My cake wreeked of rubber tires. I had to throw out the cakes and start all over again. I returned them to the store and complained about the stench. I’m sticking to parchment paper.
ElyseMay 19, 2009
This is something that I definitely want to check out!
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This is great info for everyone. Glad you posted this. I am subscribing to this blog. Mason
Grace FMay 20, 2009
I’m so glad they’ve come out with these. You could probably buy rectangular ones and cut them to size if needed. They are fairly easy to cut with kitchen scissors.
AbbyMay 20, 2009
I’ve never seen these, but I love the idea.
BrenDivaMay 20, 2009
🙂 thanks for the info!
JuliaMay 21, 2009
finally!! I love the idea of having something reusable to use for my cakes! I wondered if they would ever come up with something like this.
Next, I’d like to see a type of bathing cap silicone thingy for my spring form pans. It would be great to have something like that to create a water tight seal around the pan and not have to mess with tin foil (that leaks sometimes).
Thanks for sharing this!
SarenaMay 21, 2009
These sound great! I could definitely use something like this. I wish they mad them for bread pans!
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This is great info for everyone. Glad you posted this. I am subscribing to this blog. Steve
Jerome TuckerOctober 20, 2013
Wow! These silicone baking liners are pretty interesting. I haven’t used these in my baking sessions but I am very much interested to try using this kind so soon. These are indeed impressive. Thanks for sharing!