Pros: A very clever new twist on cupcake tins. Leave it to Reynolds. Easy to use.
Cons: Be aware of the thinness of foil to avoid messing them up while transporting .
Well, I know I did Pat and Betty, the Reynolds ladies, proud when I used my Reynolds Funshapes Baking Cups. I was in Wal Mart stocking up on "things I could do with 2 grandgirls" since they would be spending a week with me and these caught my eye. I grabbed them inmmediately. What a find! For very little money I knew right away I 'd be having quite a bit of fun with the girls.
The Reynolds FUNSHAPES Baking Cups I purchased were star shaped but they are also available in a heart shape. They come 24 per box. They are slightly thinner then regular cups but thicker then aluminum foil. This wasn't a huge problem for me, I was just completely impressed with the "build a better mousetrap" aspect of this. How clever to make the baking cups in shapes. What fun they would be to use. Now I understand they may be offering rabbits and egg shapes as well. That would be wonderful for Easter.
They tell you "stir in a little imagination and leave the rest to them". It really was that simple. I made this a cooking project with the girls. We used regular off the shelf cake mix that I had in the kitchen and followed the directions on the box. Oven 350 degrees. We filled the cups 1/2 way and used the suggested amount of cooking time on the box. I believe it was about 17 minutes but that would also depend on your oven. I tend to get easily distracted in the kitchen so I made sure the girls reminded me to keep checking on our project. We put ours on a stoneware baking sheet for stability. Once they had achieved a good color I checked for doneness (I used a Pampered Chef cake tester to test this but a wooden skewer would do the trick or a toothpick.)
We did not grease the cups, though you can choose to if you want.
It was my middle grand girls birthday May 1st and a good friend of mine was having a birthday as well. So the plan was to make everyone birthday cakes. I received a cake decorating kit for my birthday
so we did up the cupcakes as birthday cakes as suggested on the reynoldsfunshapes.com site. right up to the pink frosting. They looked spectacular.We had tons of sprinkles and dragees (edible silver sprinkles) to choose from so some of the cupcakes were a little "over the top" but the girls were having so much fun I just let them do whatever they felt like doing. They used offset spatulas to frost and we used canned frosting with food coloring. I thinned the frosting a lttle so it would spread more easily. Because the Funshape Baking Cups tins are the thin side it's a good idea to try and keep the frosting away from the edges so as not to bend them out of shape. Of course with enthusiasm running high, we did have to do a little .
We let them cool a bit but did not remove them from the cupcake tins until we were at the beach. Once we were there and having our little party we just popped the cakes out and treated the baking cups as disposable. Just an aside icing at the beach can be a bit messy.
The girls, ages 5 and 9, were able to do all the mixing and decorating with very little help from me. The cakes traveled well even though the weight of the Funshape Baking Cups was a little on the light side. We just put half a dozen in a shoe box and avoided sharp turns or bumps.
They also suggest using the Reynolds FUNSHAPES Baking Cups with jello to make jellojigglers. That should be another easy, fun project for our next visit. I think with a little imagination there are many things you can make in the Funshape Baking Cups. I'm wondering if mini pizzas would work. I have quite a few cupcake baking cups left so that might be worth experimenting with. Deep Dish Star Pizza.
I would use the star shaped Reynolds Fun Shaped Baking Cups for Fourth of July or Christmas and the Heart Fun Shaped Baking Cups for Valentines Day. Of course, any time can be a time for celebration but they would work particularly well for those Holidays. Mixing and matching the shapes is another option. The whole concept has such a party feel to it that no matter what the occasion they will spice up the table setting. These are great for gift giving as well. What a nice presentation they make.
Clean up was crinkle and toss.
Go to www.Reynoldsfunshapes.com for more ideas and call 1-800-433-2244 with any questions