My cupcakes made in silicone molds are taking forever to bake. Do silicone molds require longer times, different temps?



bgbdbill67 July 2, 2021
I’m aware of the age of this thread is quite old but I wanted to comment.
I can’t believe that people are actually stating to never use silicone bakeware that it is so poor to use and so on.
You call yourselves bakers?
True bakers are creative at heart and will learn to work with different mediums.
If Silicone bakeware is soo poor then how does one of the best Chefs in the world use it so much? Chef Amaury Guichon. Look him up he uses all kinds of custom silicone bakeware.
JoAnne L. October 1, 2017
I found that silicone baking items steam baked goods leaving them mushy. I stopped using the few that I bought for that reason.
Linda September 9, 2017
I have silicone mini pie molds but they didn't send no baking instructions.
Linda September 9, 2017
What tempature do you bake mini pies and how long?
Jacqueline H. February 25, 2017
Silicone molds are not ideal for baking. I wanted to make some cupcake hearts and the time it took to bake them was at least doubled. The small silicone shapes are good for hard Christmas candy.
Shellee J. July 4, 2017
I don't know why everyone is against silicone bakeware. I love it. Found it cooks more even and so much easier to remove bake goods. I made heart cupcakes that came out beautifully!

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ChefDaddy February 14, 2011
The only thing I have found silicone bakeware is good for is for molds. I have found some for making different sized bars and other different shapes that I use to mold anything from chocolate to duck fat. I use the bars for duck fat and roux for storing or traveling with.
MaryMaryCulinary February 14, 2011
Yes, it does take longer because silicone is an insulator. I wouldn't increase the oven temperature but you will need to bake them longer. Then, give away the silicone bakeware!
Savorykitchen February 14, 2011
As I'm sure you've figured out by now, yes silicone bakeware will take longer. I stopped using mine for pretty much that same reasons as betteirene describes. I hope your cupcakes came out okay!
betteirene February 14, 2011
When baking with a material that does not retain and conduct heat, you will indeed need to make adjustments. There's no nice, neat formula for those adjustments--increase both the time and the temperature by slight amounts, keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best, and if it works, write it down so that you can duplicate it next time you bake cupcakes.

Try not to purchase bakeware made of silicone (or tin or thin aluminum) ever again,

I love my silicone spatulas because it's almost impossible to melt them. Silpat, the brand name only, silicone pan liners are wonderful for certain applications, such as baking lace cookies. Silicone oven mitts are okay. Silicone whisks, maybe. But silicone bakeware? If it's not too late, try to get your money back.
Sam1148 February 13, 2011
Difficult to answer. However most recipes and heat requirements are designed for metal 'muffin pan' with paper inserts. Heat transfer in metal can vary--some recipes list higher temps and time for non-stick pans vs older metal cupcake pans which are darker in color after use. Silicone is still realtively new for baking. IMHO I'd stick with metal...and personally, for cupcakes. I enjoy the peeling the paper cup on the cupcake as a hand-held serving device.
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