I just wanted to share how I've been making cookies, cakes and muffins lately and getting them out of the pan with no damage.
I have a few cake pans that will work for reheating leftovers but have lost their non-stick capabilities. I can't afford to make a cake only to have half of it stay in the pan...especially if it's for a special event! So recently I decided to try lining the pan with parchment paper. This particular kind contains silicone, so it works well, but is heat resistant only up to a certain temperature.
|Trimmed a bit for the round pan...|
What a relief to have the cake pop right out in one piece!*
|*(that little crack is from flipping it to another plate...oops)|
I use the paper for cookie sheets, too. Again, with something like meat or veggies I might not care if it sticks a little. But for baked goods, I find myself using the paper more and more. And obviously it makes clean-up easier, too. I allow myself this little luxury. ;)
On to muffins and cupcakes...
I've been accumulating silicone muffin cups, and they work great! I recently discovered that I can just arrange them on a cookie sheet and they will stand up by themselves. Much easier than trying to balance them in muffin tins and then arranging the muffin tins in the narrow oven.
|Cranberry Orange Muffins-see Olga's Flavor Factory for recipe|
The only problem is that I got used to the sturdier muffin cups...then I tried to make some cupcakes with regular paper liners and forgot that they need support! Almost lost the whole batch, and it was supposed to be for a bridal shower!
|What NOT to do! (delicious, though-recipe courtesy Hershey's)|