When it comes to baking cakes, the type of bakeware you use can make a difference in how your cake turns out. Non-stick silicone moulds are an increasingly popular choice for baking. Because they last a long time, you will get many uses out of your silicone cake mould. Silicone rubber products are also hypoallergenic, and do not add any odour during the baking process.
Wash the silicone mould and allow it to dry. If you are using the silicone mould for the first time, make sure you wash it thoroughly to get off any residue the mould may have from the manufacturing process.
Place an oven liner at the bottom of your oven. Because of the flexibility of silicone moulds, your cake batter may spill as you are putting it in the oven. A non-stick oven liner will catch those spills of batter and make cleaning easier. Consider buying reusable oven liners especially if you will be using your silicone mould frequently.
Preheat your oven to the required temperature for baking your cake. Prepare your cake batter as per the instructions of the recipe you are using.
Pour your cake batter carefully into the silicone mould. It may be difficult to pour the batter into the mould because of the flexibility of the silicone. Use one hand to support the mould while you pour in the batter with the other hand, or have somebody hold the silicone mould while you pour in the batter.
Transfer the silicone mould with the cake batter to the oven and bake the cake for the required length of time. While the cake will be evenly cooked, it may not brown as well as when using a metal pan. Remove the cake from the oven with oven gloves. Let the cake cool for a few minutes and then gently pull the sides of the silicone mould outward. Turn the silicone mould upside down on a cake platter or stand to get the cake out.
Silicone moulds are best used for smaller cakes since they do not offer enough weight support for larger cakes.
Sharp knives can cut into your silicone mould and damage it. If the cake does not completely loosen from the mould, use the blunt end of a butter knife to get it out. Cakes baked in silicone moulds may not capture all the little shaped details of the mould as well as cakes baked in shaped metal tins.