Silicone baking products have been trickling into the market for the past few years. The silicone cupcake liner is one of the newer additions, and you can find it at most craft, baking and home goods stores. These individual liners are meant to replace the traditional foil or paper liners you use in baking. When you’re making cupcakes in these liners, they might dry out if you don’t take the steps to prevent it during baking and storing.
Silicone cupcake liners are meant to be reused. Once you’re done baking, you can wash and store them for future use. Since they’re made from a thick layer of silicone, you don’t need a muffin pan to bake your cupcakes. Instead, pour the batter in and set the cupcake liners on the oven rack. Prevent them from falling through by setting them on a cookie sheet. Silicone liners come in sizes ranging from mini to regular to jumbo.
Silicone cupcake liners are nonstick, but lightly greasing them ensures your cupcakes will pop out after baking. A cupcake sticks and tear as the liner is peeled away if it’s under baked. Avoid this by baking until the cupcakes are golden, done and start to pull from the sides of the silicone liner. Insert a toothpick into the cupcake center to determine if it's done. It should have a few crumbs, but not be clean. If the toothpick comes out completely clean, you’re cupcakes are over baked, and most likely dried out. Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before removing them from the liner.
To remove a cupcake from a silicone liner, press gently on the bottom to loosen it. Peel away each side carefully by turning the liner inside out. Don’t pull the cupcake out before loosening it -- it might fall apart. Cupcakes, whether from boxed mix or scratch, are delicate, even when cooled. Silicone liners work better for muffins and denser baked goods than cupcakes.
How you store your cupcakes is important. Don’t store cupcakes in their liners -- the longer they sit in the liners, the harder they are to get out. Instead, remove the cupcakes from the liners and frost and decorate as usual. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for one to two days to keep moist. If your cupcakes have perishable fillings -- such as pastry cream or fruit -- store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
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