Why Should I Use Silicone Fondant Molds for Baking?
We all know that decorating cakes, cupcakes, and desserts in general, is an art. There are thousands of television programs, courses, events and web pages about it. And this is because, however complicated it may be, it is very rewarding to see how a celebration, a marriage, a baby shower, a children’s party or any other type of event, is decorated with a special theme cake.
However, like all art, the decoration of a dessert involves the use of some special techniques. That is why it is very important to have the best tools for its making. To make our lives easier, silicone fondant molds are maybe the best option for this job, as they are comfortable, flexible and easy to use.
If you want to know how to use them, we simply have to pour our mix, bake them like we normally do, we get the figures we want, in the size and shape we picked.
However, has it not ever happened to you that, sometimes, it’s difficult to take the fondant off from the mold without damaging the figure? And then we have to start from scratch; or worse, take it out in some other God-knows-how way that could damage our mold? Let us be safe from that curse, so in order to prevent it, here are three tips to prevent our shaped fondants from getting damaged.
Tips for Inserting and Extracting Fondant from Silicone Molds Easily
- For baking basic figures such as hearts, buttons, jewelry, or any other compact figures, it is important that before adding the fondant to our mold, we add a bit of cornstarch to prevent the fondant from adhering directly to the mold. We can also use this technique with our hands to better shape our fondant into the mold. Once the figures are covered, we just bake them for a few minutes, and that’s it! With just a little bend to our mold, the figure should be easily detached.
- For slightly more complicated figures such as leaves, loops, and edges, while following the technique mentioned before, we can also add a little bit of tylose powder to the fondant mixture in order to make it a little more resistant, and prevent it from breaking up at the moment that we take them out.
- For very delicate figures such as letters, numbers, and other small figures, a good technique is to put the molds in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before extracting them. In this way, we make them more rigid and difficult to break. Once they are removed, it is good to wait around 20-30 minutes for them to thaw before adding them to our decoration.
Following these tips, it is almost guaranteed that the figures will be taken the exact way we want, avoiding unnecessary inconveniences.
Problems with Silicone Molds
As we mentioned before, silicone molds can come in any variety of sizes and figures imaginable, so it would be almost impossible to make a list of all the figures that can be found online.
However, if we run a business of selling and decorating cakes, or simply find it fun to decorate our own recipes, the silicone fondant molds may wear out.
Despite these being quite resistant, either to movements that bend them or very hot temperatures, these must be taken care of so that they can last for years, so we must always avoid tearing them with knives or breaking them with abrupt movements.
So, this brings us to the question: what’s the best way to maintain my silicone molds?
How to Take Care of our Silicone Molds
Silicone moldsfor fondant, whether to decorate cakes or any other function, have the advantage that they are very easy to clean. Once the fondant has been removed from the containers, just give them a good wash with a sponge and dish soap, which should leave them as good as new. If you want further advice, you can also add a little alcohol inside it to avoid annoying smells from impregnating the mold.
However, there are other “methods” that when cleaning our molds, if done, could damage them severely, so we should avoid them.
Things We Should Avoid:
- Washing our molds in the automatic dishwasher, as this could result in the mold coming out of its original position and stretching or breaking inside the machine.
- Clean it using metal sponges or similar, as this can damage them internally causing them to lose their shine and the fondant would begin to adhere more strongly, complicating its extraction.
In conclusion, as we can see, silicone fondant molds are extremely easy to use and useful in the kitchen, always ensuring that our cakes, cupcakes and, desserts look beautiful and so our events can stand out from the rest. It only remains to take care of them, as we would do with any other belonging, so we can use them for as long as we want.
* Full disclosure: The above article is a sponsored post brought to you by LVDGE. Any opinions expressed, however, are completely those of Cake & Lace based on our own experience.*