Common Questions About Baking Molds
What type of cakes and pastries require baking molds?
All cake and pastry molds will form your baked goods into the shape of the pan. Specialized baking and pastry molds offered here make baked goods that stand out. Bundt cakes, tartlets, canneles, quiche, and muffins, along with traditional bakes like kugelhopf, baba, or buche cake, all require specific equipment to form the correct shapes.
Do chocolate sphere molds make fillable cakes?
Some spherical molds come with smaller molds that fit inside the cake or pastry, creating a pocket that can be filled with cream, icing, or fruit. By baking two hemispheres with those cavities, you can place a tasty filling into the halves and combine them to create a filled sphere.
What materials are available for pastry molds?
The three main materials used for baking molds are aluminum, stainless steel, and silicone. Each chef will have his or her individual preference, but all three materials provide different benefits. Aluminum is light and heats up quickly, but also loses heat quickly. Stainless steel is heavy and retains heat well, but takes longer to heat than aluminum. Cakes and pastries with longer bake times work well with stainless steel, while those with shorter bake times work best with aluminum. Silicone molds are designed for specific, small styles of cake or pastry.
How should I maintain my baking molds?
Each material will have different directions for care. Most silicone molds can be tossed into the dishwasher, but aluminum or stainless steel molds should be hand washed after use. Specific directions for each mold will vary.
How are chocolate sphere molds measured?
Sphere molds are listed with diameter and height in inches and total volume in ounces. Diameter is measured at the widest opening and height from the tallest point.
What is a mousse stacking frame?
A mousse stacking frame is used to form layers of thin or light product, creating delicate layers of mousse, meringue, or cake without the risk of collapse. Usually made of light aluminum, mousse stacking frames assist chefs with the creation of intricate, layered confections with precision and stability.