I am looking for silicone pans for mini bundt, and other mini shaped cakes for my new bakery. For those who use them, how well do they work? Are they...
easy to clean?
easy to wash?
can I wash them like other pans?
best brand or kind?
This last ? is for the overseas purchasers who have them...
Also, I have seen several on ebay that come from China, are they the same quality as the others that I can get in the store? with the same ???'s above.
IMHO they are terrible and I wouldn't recommend you waste your money
I agree with Koryak, I hate mine and get angry every time I look at them! That is money wasted that I could have used to purchased other cake toys!
All silicone bakeware is not the same: as with any other bakeware, you get what you pay for ...
Before purchasing, do the "Twist Test".
Bend or twist the bakeware. If white appears, there is fillers are being used with the silicone. This compromises the heat resistance, stability and performance. While silicone will not react with food or release chemicals, any fillers may do so.
Check caterer's supply houses before buying o/seas .. 100% silicone is what you want commercially
Australian Example: http://www.redspooncompany.com/index.php/kitchenware/moulds/silicone-bakeware/semi-sphere-silicone-mould-40x20mm.html
I gave away a lot of my silicone bakeware. It never looked clean no matter how much I scrubbed. For most cakes I'm looking for clean edges and a flexible silicone thing won't do. Every time I baked with it, I had to put an aluminum cookie sheet underneath just so I could grab the cookie sheet instead of the silicone in case it would deform the cake or because it was just too floppy to hold.
I do use silicone bakeware for non-baking stuff. I use the mini brownie silicone pan from Wilton to mode melted candy into easy to manage squares. I use single silicone cupcake holders to pour hot sugar into.
Thanks for all your honest opinions, I will NOT be buying any then. I am actually looking for mini cake pans, like Wilton carries to make mini bundts, and other small individual cakes and sweets, but I will purchase metal only.
You have all been a big help.