How to Use Silicone Baking Cups

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Using silicone baking cups to make muffins and cupcakes is an eco-friendly alternative to their disposable paper counterparts. Non-stick silicone baking cups are dishwasher-safe and you won't have to worry about running out of paper cups right before a birthday party or other big event. Silicone baking cups are available in a wide range of whimsical shapes, such as hearts and flowers, so you can customize your baked goods to coordinate with the theme of a party or celebration.

Arrange the silicone baking cups on a baking sheet or slip the them into the holes on a muffin pan.

Pour cupcake or muffin batter into the baking cups, allowing a 1/2-inch head space for expansion.

Bake the cupcakes and muffins according to recipe instructions; silicone baking cups can withstand up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the baked goods from the oven. Using your thumbs, push the bottoms of the baking cups slightly to release the warm cupcakes or muffins. Place the treats on a cooling rack to cool.