Pros: No burning, muffins come out without sticking, easy clean-up. And it's pink!
Cons: Loaded pan sags--may need to put on cookie sheet while baking.
I guess I'm sort of like Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy--when I get in a funk I like to bake muffins. And anything to make this task easier is sure to catch my eye, especially the new Silicone bakeware that's in many of the stores. I'd been tossing around the idea of purchasing some, but when I saw the Calphalon Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Pan in pink, well, I knew I had to have it.
Including the handles this pan measures 17 by 11 inches. It is the same size as any standard muffin tin. The pan is made of premium 100% silicone with glossy nonstick interior. The handles have a rigid metal interior to make for easier handling. The pan is safe for use in microwave and oven up to 475 degrees. It can also be washed in the dishwasher, but as I will detail below, clean-up by hand is really quite simple.
The pan itself is not rigid and could potentially be cut by a sharp object, so take care when storing this. In particular the individual muffin cups are quite flexible. I actually just put it inside my old muffin tin and store it that way.
I purchased my muffin pan at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Its price there is $24.99, but I used one of their coupons for 20% off to bring down the price some for me.
As much as I love baking muffins, there are some parts of the process that I don't like. With traditional pans I always needed to spray with PAM, and even then I had to do a bit of shaking to get the muffins to come out. Spooning the batter into the cups was always messy as well. Seems like half the batter ended outside the cup and even if I wiped it off before baking, there would a light cooked-on layer, requiring me scrub it off.
I had hoped that everything would much easier with Calphalon Silicone Muffin Pan. For the most part, it is. However, there are some major differences you should be aware before you purchase this product.
It is very FLEXIBLE!! This is weird the first time you use it. I was holding the pan with filled cups and the middle of the pan was sagging. I thought I was going to dump the whole thing. So I decided it would be easier to place it on a cookie sheet. From then on that is how I used it. It doesn't affect the baking and it makes it a lot easier to put in the oven.
After removing from the oven I let the muffin pan cool for a few minutes (I do recommend you move the pan off the cookie sheet at this point) and then flip onto a rack. Here again, flipping this flexible pan is a bit weird but you get used to it. I'm glad that at least the handles have a metal interior. However, I now got to experience the cool factor of silicone bakeware. I just pushed on the muffin cups (sort of like turning a sock inside out) and out came the muffins, perfectly shaped and no sticking whatsoever.
Another cool feature is that my muffins never burn now! While it is still possible to overbake them, they never burn with silicone. Likewise the pan is much cooler to the touch that the traditional metal one. The handles are still a bit hot since they have metal interiors, but since I wait a few minutes before I flip the pan, I can usually manage without hot pads.
My final cool feature is the ease of cleanup. I still am messy when I fill my muffin cups, but now it is so easy to wipe off the cooked on spills with hot water and a sponge. I could wash it in the dishwasher, but it really is much easier just to quickly clean it off and dry in the dish rack.
This Calphalon 12-Cup Silicone Muffin Pan really puts the joy back into baking muffins. No make shaking, no more spraying, no more scrubbing. I'd normally give this product 5 stars, but being the politically correct person that I am, I'm deducting one star . . . read on
My one and only gripe
If you step in a store such as Bed Bath & Beyond during the month of October you can't help but notice all the displays of pink merchandise being sold in part to benefit Breast Cancer research. For example, Kitchen Aid has pink mixers as a part of their Cook for the Cure campaign. However, BB&B did not include Calphalon's bakeware as a part of that display because they have no such similar campaign. I myself am a little bit disappointed with Calphalon in that respect since it can be misleading for consumers. This would have been a great opportunity for Calphalon to contribute to a worthy cause.
I'm still going to recommend this pan, but maybe someone at Calphalon will read this and mend the error of their ways.
This product comes with a lifetime warranty.