If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to bakeware, you might prefer metal or glass pans. But silicone has gained popularity over the years, not just for its durability, but its ease of use as well. They don’t require additional greasing or parchment paper and are much easier to clean than traditional pans. Their flexibility to go from cold to hot without thermal shock is also a benefit. And they are lightweight and easy to transport and store. You can find all sorts of silicone bakeware on Amazon, like this loaf pan, these muffin tins, and this cookie sheet.
This set of silicone bakeware is perfect for baking your favorite desserts, bread, and more. Besides oven use, these pieces can also be used in the microwave and freezer. Use them to make frozen desserts, for freezing portions of leftovers, and for baking savory foods as well. Just remove any debris and put the pieces into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
The set includes 3 red cupcake molds, 3 blue cupcake molds, 3 yellow cupcake molds, 3 green cupcake molds, 1 16-inch baking sheet, 1 10-inch pie pan, and 1 9-inch round cake pan, 1 12-cup muffin pan, and 1 9.5-inch Bundt pan. Because the bakeware is so flexible and can be used on other pans for stability, it’s best used on top of a standard metal baking sheet or similar pan for support. The cookware is heat safe from -40 to 450 degrees.
At half the price of the top-rated cake pan, this silicone baking pan from Trudeau is a great buy for bakers who love to make cakes! Unlike similar brands, this superior-grade pan has a steel structure to reinforce its shape, and it will not flake or peel off after repeated use. Made of high-quality European silicone, this pan heats well and promotes even baking, and cools down quickly once it is removed from the oven. Once your cake has cooled, the naturally nonstick surface releases your baked goods easily and without requiring you to use additional utensils. This pan is oven safe up to 428 degrees, and can also be used in the microwave too.
This cake pan doesn’t break down when it changes temperature, so you can take items from the freezer or fridge directly to the oven without worry. Cleaning up is easy thanks to the non-stick nature of silicone—you can opt to hand wash this or put it right into the dishwasher.
This 9 x 9-inch baking pan is perfect for making brownies, square cakes, and cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts. It’s made from sturdy yet flexible silicone so your baked goods will come out perfectly shaped without a lot of hassle. The nonstick surface also makes for easy cleanup and the company claims it can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees, although some users warn to keep it under 400 degrees to be on the safe side.
Some reviewers have mentioned problems with the pan’s flimsiness, so it’s best to put the pan on a baking sheet when you bake with it.
If you love baking and decorating homemade muffins or custom-decorated cupcakes, consider this pan that can make up to a dozen in a single batch. It’s made of 100 percent BPA-free silicone and can be used safely in the microwave and freezer.
People love the food that comes out of this pan, and it’s easy to remove it from the pan—no spraying or disposable paper cups required. This nonstick pan is also super easy to wash, and it’s safe to throw in the dishwasher. (Tip: If you have trouble keeping the pan steady as you pull it in and out of the oven, try placing it on a baking sheet.)
The Silpat baking mat is a silicone nonstick baking mat that you place on the bottom of a baking pan and replace with parchment paper. You can use Silpat instead of parchment when you are baking, and it is nonstick without any butter or oil. You can even use it to make candy because taffy and peanut brittle won’t stick to the mat, and it can withstand the heat of melted sugar. The half-sheet mat fits perfectly into a 13 x 18-inch pan. Silpats are also available for other size pans, ranging from quarter-sheet to three-quarter sheet sizes.
If you love barbecuing but don’t want to ruin your grill, the Grillaholics mats are for you. They are made from a fiberglass mesh covered with food-grade silicone and are BPA-free, so they can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 500 degrees. They’re freezer, microwave, and oven safe. The fiberglass provides even heat distribution for even browning, but they’re not sharp-object friendly; if they’re accidentally cut, they should be discarded.
The Trudeau Structure Bundt Mold, made of European-grade silicone reinforced with stainless steel, is a beauty. It will hold its shape during baking so it’s sure to keep the gorgeous fluted pattern, and the center tube conducts extra heat to the center of the cake for even baking. The silicone promotes browning and easy release when it comes time to unmold the finished cake.
I like the molded form of this oven-to-table mold. The silicone handles make it easy to transport the mold to and from the oven, and cleanup is a breeze. This piece is freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe and comes backed by a 10-year warranty.
OXO’s cheerful baking cups can take the place of paper cupcake liners, making them perfect for anyone trying to cut down on their use of paper products. Set them into your muffin tins and fill them to the batter line to ensure the uniform size of your baked goods.
The durable silicone material holds up to high temperatures, so your cakes cook evenly. The tabs make it easy to lift the cups out of the tins, and the smooth interior surface makes it easy to remove them without leaving a thumbprint. When you’re not baking with them, they’re also great for holding sides or dips in your bento lunches.
So you’re going to bake a cake, eh? Well, as long as you have this silicone loaf pan from Trudeau, you’ll be able to create a cake with a smooth, plump top and sides that are just as delicious as the middle. This pan’s silicone material doesn’t require any special preparation before use and it’s easy to clean and lightweight. A stainless steel structure reinforces the shape of the pan so the loaf keeps its form while baking, and the BPA-free silicone encourages even cooking.
Once you’re done baking, the silicone pan cools quickly for easy removal and clean-up—no need for additional utensils. Safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and oven, you’ll be able to go from cold to hot without the risk of thermal shock. This versatile loaf pan is also dishwasher safe and comes with a 10-year limited warranty from the manufacturer.
What to Look For When Buying Silicone Bakeware
Silicone bakeware is made from food-grade silicone, a rubber-like substance. Top-quality silicone will not discolor or give off any odors when in use; silicone of inferior quality might contain fillers that can cause your bakeware to change color or emit odors while baking over time. When purchasing silicone bakeware, choose the highest quality you can afford so that you’ll be able to use it for as long as possible.
Most silicone bakeware is simply made of silicone. It’s flexible, and that makes it easy to pop out your finished baked goods. The downside is that you need a baking sheet under it to provide support as you transport the bakeware to and from the oven. If you want sturdier baking pans, look for items made of thicker silicone or—even better—that includes some sort of steel reinforcement on top so that your bread doesn’t sink into the pan.
use and care
Because silicone bakeware is so resilient, it requires no special attention or care. You can easily hand wash with mild dish detergent and a non-abrasive sponge, or place it in the dishwasher if the item is marked as dishwasher-safe. One thing to note is that you should never use any sharp tools or utensils (like knives) with your silicone baking pans and mats; once the silicone is cut, it is typically unrepairable and should be thrown away.
Are silicon baking pans safe?
Food-grade silicone pans are safe to use. Silicon is considered inert (non-reactive) and will not leach into foods.
Do you grease silicone baking pans?
You can use tin foil to line your pans, but usually, you don’t have to. Silicone is nonstick naturally and should provide an easy release.
How do you use silicone baking pans?
Most of the time, you’d use a silicone baking pan just as you would use a traditional metal or glass pan. If your silicon bakeware tends to be flimsier than metal or glass, you might need to use a baking sheet to provide support. You might need to adjust the temperature and time on some silicone pans.