Why do cupcakes have to be round?
They don't, I tell ya. They don't.
These adorable little silicone baking cups from Fred give you another option.
They're designed to look like the baskets that fresh berries come in, but they also resemble flowerpots that seedlings or small plants come in - so that gives you an extra decorating option.
They'd be perfect for fruit-filled muffins that show off the bits of fruit, or for cupcakes that you're going to decorate.
These are fairly sturdy, and they stood up well in the oven with no weird bulging when they baked, and since they're made from silicone, it was easy to remove the cupcakes I baked in them. Then, when they're empty, they're dishwasher safe - always a plus in my house.
The set comes with four cups, so if you're going to be baking a lot of muffins or cupcakes, you'll need several sets.
What I like using them for is for the extra cake batter I always have when I'm baking a standard cake recipe. Since I live at high altitude, I generally need to fill cake pans a little less to adjust for the extra rise that happens up here.
Not only does it solve the overflow problem, but it gives me a great way to sample the cake I'm making without slicing into it.
So far, I've been happy with these. They clean up easily, and I haven't had any staining, even when I baked a very dark chocolate cake.
Who's it for: People who like decorative desserts.
Pros: Easy to use; easy to clean. Can be used in oven or refrigerator or freezer.
Cons: They come in a 4-pack, so keep that in mind if you want to bake a dozen.
Wishes: I like this color a lot, but it would be nice to have other options.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.