Yes, I know Cookie Monster is right. Cupcakes are a “sometimes food”. Still now you can choose to indulge you can feel good about reducing waste if you use reusable silicone baking cups. I only just learned that silicone baking items are all the rage. Not only are they great for muffins and cakes–there are many other uses for silicone baking cups!
I had an opportunity to receive a dozen free baking cups from Galley Essential so I could give a fair and honest review. Also, Galley Essentials offers you a $3 discount for a limited time, be sure and watch for details toward the end of this post.
|Mini carrot, zucchini, banana cakes in Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups|
When I first read about silicone cupcake-sized baking cups, I felt like I was in the cartoon where a little angel sits on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. The angel explained how these could be used for healthy, fit eating as a portion control tool. Perfect for Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit! But, the little devil persuasively suggested I make cupcakes. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Well, I compromised and made carrot, zucchini banana cakes. That counts as vegetables, right? Vegetables and cakes–Win, Win! Now about the Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups…
Features and Benefits According to Galley Essentials:
- made of flexible silicone so they peel away easily from cupcakes and muffins
- BPA free and Food Grade silicone
- safe temperature range of -40F to 446F
- the different colors can be used to separate or distinguish different variations (i.e. if you make a separate batch to accommodate different dietary needs)
- silicone helps bake evenly
- great for family fun; kids love them!
- super easy to clean
- pack of 12 in 4 bright colors (green, pink, lavender and blue)
Other Uses I Found For Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups:
- Silicone baking cups can be used to make perfect poached eggs. Well, perfect if you like for your eggs to look like cupcakes that is!
- They can be used as a portion control tool (cooked or not cooked foods)
- They work for freezing as well as baking, so you can use them to freeze single servings of many foods or as a mold for your home-made sorbets.
My first impression is that the colors remind me of Easter eggs. Since I don’t usually bake, I carefully followed the directions. Galley Essentials suggest lightly greasing the silicone cups, so I greased them with coconut oil before adding the batter.
Galley Essentials also suggested letting them cool after removing them from the oven (I used that opportunity to take my illustration photograph). Finally, I got to test the results. The muffin cups easily pulled away from the cakes and the cakes were very moist.
There may be one con, they are not disposable. Okay, that’s both a pro and a con. They are great for home use as they are beautiful and reusable. I considered bringing my cupcakes to a meeting to share, but then I realized collecting the cups from everyone afterwards might be a hassle. Therefore, they might not be the most convenient option for potlucks.
However, if you are looking for an attractive, reusable alternative to paper cupcake holders you may love Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups. They also make neat little snack cups containing a single serving of nuts, Goldfish (the crackers) or whatever you or your children may snack on. They are also highly versatile, I also used them to poach eggs.
Should I share the carrot, zucchini, banana cake recipe? I may be persuaded if I get at least 15 post comments.
Where To Purchase:
(Affiliate links to follow)
Galley Essentials offers Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit readers a special discount if you purchase through Amazon: Silicone Baking Cups By Galley Essentials
You get $3.00 off of the price (they will get a set for $7.99 vs the $10.99 regular price) if you enter coupon code: TOM25OFF!
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.