The trouble came when we actually tried to eat the cupcakes. Instead of peeling away easily like paper liners, the silicone stayed stiff and rather unyielding. We'd get one side free and then it would snap back before we could actually get the cupcake out.
This meant digging into the little cupcake with our fingers, trying to work our way underneath. This was incredibly messy, mangled the cupcake, and left a lot of cake still stuck to the bottom of the liners.The best technique seemed to be rolling back the sides and pushing up the bottom like a push-pop. But since this required two hands, the cupcake easily toppled from our grasp and fell on the counter. Oh no! (Maybe this would have been a better strategy pre-frosting!)
Next time we'll try spritzing the liners with a little nonstick spray. The instructions didn't say to do this, but maybe it will help dislodge the cupcake more easily. These liners also might work better with a sturdy muffin instead of a delicate cupcake. In any case, it looks like we're not alone in being frustrated!
Have you ever used these silicone liners for cupcakes or muffins? What's your experience?
(Images: Emma Christensen)