Pros: all the good features of silicone
Cons: takes the Bundt out of Bundt cakes
My trusty old Bundt pan recently gave up the ghost. For some odd reason, the designers thought a painted exterior would be a good idea, and I was tired of picking flecks of royal blue out of my cakes. I sent my husband to Kitchen Etc. in search of a new one, and he returned with the SiliconeZone Flexible Bundt Form Pan.
~&~ The Basics ~&~
The SiliconeZone Flexible Bundt Form Pan is touted as "revolutionary non-stick material" by its manufacturer. Silicone bakeware is non-stick, oven-safe up to 428° F, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and freezer safe (to -58° F).
The SiliconeZone Flexible Bundt Form Pan measures 10¼" in diameter, and is 3¾" deep. It comes in six colors: carbon grey, white, sky blue, maroon, apple green, and yellow. It is made of FDA-food grade silicone.
~&~ My Experience ~&~
I have other SiliconeZone products, and have discovered that a light coating of cooking spray works better than just relying on the non-stick nature of silicone bakeware. Using the SilconeZone Flexible Bundt Form Pan was as easy as a quick spray, putting the batter in, and baking.
This is a large pan, and like all silicone bakeware, flexibility means that the pan can be a bit unwieldy when filled with batter. The instructions suggest using a cookie sheet under the pans, but I'm always afraid that my baked goods won't bake evenly if I do. My biggest problem with getting this pan into the oven is that I'm a pan-dropper: I repeatedly drop my cakes on a flat surface to even out the batter and pop any air bubbles that might have formed. Trying to drop the SiliconeZone Flexible Bundt Form Pan is nearly impossible.
Once the cake is in the oven, though, you enjoy the even heating silicone is known for. My cakes bake nicely (note that sometimes silicone will bake a bit faster than other types of pans, so always bake at the lower end of the suggested time until you know how they will work in your oven) and faster than my old bundt pan did.
Removing the cake from the pan was as simple as flipping the pan over onto a plate. If I use the pan with no additional coating, I can bend it to remove the cake, but I like totally easy, and the light coating of cooking oil makes it the easiest ever to remove.
Clean-up is a breeze; you can either do a quick hand-wash, or pop it right in the dishwasher. I've never had anything stick to the pan so it's more a matter of cleaning off the cooking spray for me.
~&~ The Bad Thing ~&~
I love silicone. I love SiliconeZone. I do not love this pan. The problem? Silicone is flexible, which means that it doesn't lend itself well to molded baking. The very traits that make these products so great with muffin pans and round pans makes it near useless for a Bundt pan. The lovely creases you expect to see (and drizzle over) are near non-existent. Bundt cakes look like short angel food cakes.
My husband for some odd reason also attempted to use this pan for a Jello mold, and the same thing happened: no definition at all. At $20.00, this is a disappointment to me, and I'm off in search of another Bundt pan. I give it an average because it really is good bakeware so long as you aren't concerned with the look of your cake.
My other silicone product reviews:
Silicone Zone 6-Cup Standard Muffin Pan