National Baking Week and Lekue Silicone Muffin Cases Review

Last week was National Baking week and as we love a bit of baking in this house we decided to test out some fancy new Muffin Cases from Lekue. Now these aren’t just any kind of Muffin Cases, these are Platinum Silicone Muffin cases in a new, modern Smokey Grey transparent colour. Perfect for monitoring, supervising and viewing your baking as it happens.

Well maybe that’s what I should have done more of. I am going to admit that I’ve never been successful in making muffins. I’ve only tried a few times but they’ve always been a disaster. Surely they couldn’t go wrong with the new Silicone Cases! Miss E loves a bit of baking and even writes her own blog about her baking escapades called Monday Mixing (check out those amazing Paul Hollywood Scones!) but it was actually Miss R who helped me road test my recipe.

The Lekue Muffin Cases come in a box of 6 and cost £20, so I set about finding a recipe off the internet, which had fabulous reviews, and pulled it altogether. Now I’m an ok cook. In a previous life I even did half of a Professional Cooks Course and learned how to dress a crab and kill a lobster. The recipe looked very simple, included 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and was meant to be lumpy. I really couldn’t go wrong. Or could I?

We laid out the Muffin cases on a baking tray and filled them to the right level. With the remaining mixture we filled some paper muffin cases and popped them all in the over. I was a bit concerned on how easily the cakes would come away from the silicone cases but I needn’t have worried; it was as easy as anything. And look at the difference between the muffins cooked in the Lekue cases to those in the paper cases.

I was expecting more from my cakes if I’m honest. It’s absolutely nothing to do with the Lekue cases and much more to do with my baking and possibly my oven (well that’s my excuse anyway!). They’re not great, although the girls enjoyed them a lot. I found them a bit heavy and hard, possibly overcooked slightly. But now we’ve got the cases I’m going to experiment and try again. It’s worth it.

These Lekue Platinum Silicone cases are sturdy and solid enough to stand alone but lightweight and easy to squash down for simple storage. Apparently they’re even good for other dishes like Panna Cotta, and I’m keen to give them a go in the future, maybe for a special occasion. Thank you to Lekue for sending the Muffin cases for the purposes of the review. We enjoyed putting them through their paces and I’m only disappointed that my baking wasn’t up to scratch this time.

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  1. October 23, 2012 / 9:12 am

    I am not fussy! These look ace, lovely to see your girls having so much fun too 🙂

    • Jen
      October 23, 2012 / 1:30 pm

      Ah thanks Penny! They didn’t taste light and fluffy like a coffee shop muffin, but maybe I was being too hard on myself 🙂

  2. October 23, 2012 / 10:56 am

    I think the muffins look lovely! (and just LOOK at your daughter’s beautiful red hair – it’s amazing)

    • Jen
      October 23, 2012 / 1:29 pm

      Ah, thank you Rachel and thanks for visiting. I was only just looking at your lovely blog earlier today!

  3. October 23, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    Speaking as one who has been baking for 30 years, I can see a few things that could affect the result that are nothing to do with your fault.

    1. The silicone cases are dark – that makes things bake quicker.
    2. Paper muffin cases tend to be smaller, less hip hugeness inducing, so baked alongside larger muffin cases, the balance is disrupted a bit.
    3. Silicone is much thicker than paper so that affects baking time.
    4. Shop muffins are huge fat bombs. Home made muffins have better quality ingredients. That’s why they taste different. Substitute fluffy for vegetable oil, and you’re good. if you want fluffy, try recipes with beaten egg white.

    Finally, are there any left, and if so, where’s mine? 🙂

    • Jen
      October 23, 2012 / 11:04 pm

      Wow Rosie, fantastic tips! I never knew any of that, thank you. I’m going to give them another go and just bake them on their own without anything else in the oven and see if that makes a difference. I’m sure it will!!

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