Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Green Baking with Silicone Baking Cups & Black and White Oreo Cupcakes {easy recipe}

Thank you Galley Essential for the baking cups!

Are you always looking for ways to generate less waste? Silicone baking cups will provide you with a fun re-usable solution!

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking cups come in a package of 12 in four fun bright colors! Some of the benefits of silicone baking cups include a wash and reuse product, the ability to color code if you have gluten free, vegan and traditional baked goods, and the help your cupcakes or muffins bake evenly. These baking cups have a temperature range of -40F to 446F.

I had two concerns when I first tried these:

   Is it going to be hard to get my cupcakes out?
   How easy will they be to wash?

Wash the baking cups before using. The packaging also said that you may add cooking spray if desired. I prefer not to use cooking spray, I have found that ruins my non stick products and is difficult to wash off.

Silicone baking cups hold their shape so you can place them right on a cookie sheet rather than using a muffin pan (who likes washing those?!).

After baking my cupcakes I got to test out my first question; would they come out easily?

Yes! It was surprisingly easy! The cups are flexible and flip inside out leaving you with a perfect cupcake! Sure, some of the cake sticks to the side of the baking cup, but you'll loose even more of your cupcake goodness if you're using paper cups.

Now for the washing. I have used a silicone cupcake pan in the past. Not only was it difficult to get cupcakes and muffins out of, but it was also difficult to wash. After the first time using it I threw it away. These are completely different! These individual cups are easy to rinse clean under water and swish around in bowl of soapy water to remove all residue. Flipping the cup inside out makes it so you can get into all corners of the baking cup.

Black and White Oreo Cupcakes Recipe:

       What you need:

  • 1 box moist yellow cake mix (and ingredients listed on back of package)
  • 1 package Oreo cookies (chocolate cookie on one side, golden on other)
  • chocolate frosting

       What to do:
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on packaging (preheat oven)
  2. Place on Oreo cookie golden side up in each baking cup.
  3. Add prepared cake mix to silicon baking cups to 2/3 full.
  4. Bake as directed. Allow to cool completely. 
  5. Add chocolate frosting.
  6. Enjoy! :)
If you have never had a cookie in a cupcake, be prepared for yumminess (I may have made up that word)! Now I just have to make sure I make cupcakes with at least two of each color silicone cup so the boys aren't both fighting over pink... yes, they fight over pink!

These silicone cup aren't just for baking! Use them to sort foods in a lunch box or to make a colorful presentation at snack or meal time! Put your grapes in purple, your carrots in blue and your dip in green! What child wouldn't enjoy eating their snack out of these fun cups?

You could also make frozen yogurt pops! Just fill your baking cups with your favorite yogurt, put a wooden stick in the middle and freeze! 

You can purchase your Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups on Amazon. Get 12 cups for only $10.99! But, Galley Essentials is offering my readers $3.00 off! Use coupon code TOM25OFF to get 12 cups for $7.99! Happy Baking!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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