I love baking. I like making candy, baking cakes and cupcakes and love decorating them. When I was contacted and asked if I would like to review one of SiliconeZone’s products, I was excited. I have always wanted to try baking cakes with silicone cake pans but I never had. I was sent a free SiliconeZone Large Heart Shaped Pan for my use and review. Since it’s February, the heart shaped pan was perfect!
I decided to try a rainbow tie dye cake for the first time but I’ll get to that a little later. The Heart Shaped Cake Pan is a silicone pan and it comes in pink. It is oven safe and freezer safe with a temperature range of -58 degrees F to 572 degrees F. It’s also microwave safe although I haven’t found a reason to use it in the microwave yet. It is dishwasher safe which is great but at the same time, it is so easy to clean it’s ridiculous! After I baked my cake and got it out, any cake that might have stuck (wasn’t much at all) just wiped out. Instead of taking extra space in my dishwasher, I just quickly washed it by hand. So easy to clean. It is non-stick.
I have always been told to try silicone while baking cakes because cakes come out so much easier and I found that with the SiliconeZone pan, it was unbelievably easy. In my picture above, you can see that there are only a couple very small areas where some of the cake was left behind but I think that was more my fault. When I first pulled it out of the oven, I was curious to see if it stuck and I kind of pulled on one of the sides before it was completely cooled. Anyway, after it was completely cooled, I turned it over carefully so I didn’t crack my cake and just kind of tapped on the bottom of it. It released the cake really easily. I have to also mention, I DID NOT use anything to grease the pan. I didn’t want to grease the pan at all because I wanted to test the claim of how non-stick it really was. Of course greasing the pan is fine too especially if the recipe calls for it. I found it to be very non-stick and was very pleased my cake came right out!
F or my tie dye cake, I made a white cake batter. When using eggs, I only used egg whites so that it didn’t get that off yellow color when using whole eggs. Then I divided up the batter evenly in 6 bowls and made 6 different colors using coloring. Then one bowl at a time, I poured the colored batter in the center of the pan. I didn’t spread it out myself. I let it by itself. The first color doesn’t spread the whole span of the pan but no worries. Pour in the next color you want to use directly on top of the previous color in the center and let it spread on it’s own. Keep repeating the process until you have added all the colors. Your batter should look somewhat like my picture above. When you cut it, it will see all the colors. The last color you add, will be more to center and the first color you use, won’t be seen as easily. I mention that so that if you try it, you can choose the order of your colors for the ones you want to see more of.
When I baked my cake, I put the cake pan on a cookie sheet. I only did this because I was afraid of moving the silicone pan too much and messing up my colors because it’s flexible. If I just baked a typical cake, I would have just put it directly on the oven rack. I probably could have anyway without messing up the colors. I did have to bake about 15 minutes longer than the baking time called for. I think it had to do more with the baking sheet the pan was sitting on but it is suggested using a baking sheet to make the transfer into the oven for more stability while moving it but it’s not necessary. The cake baked perfectly though. The silicone does a wonderful job of allowing the cake to bake evenly. There wasn’t any part of my cake that burned or anything.
The cake was very moist. Very “fluffy” and very moist. For the most part, my cakes are always pretty moist but never as moist as this cake was. I was very impressed! The pan does not have any smell while baking and there isn’t any funky taste from using it either. “Made with Pure, FDA-Approved (a much higher grade of silicone that required by the FDA) silicone, the bakeware is manufactured and engineered to commercial and professional standards.”
I LOVE it!!
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