Baking can be a joy to those who enjoy being in the kitchen and is time well spent when one has the proper baking equipment. Old pans that are worn, scratched and dented don’t always turn out the best-baked goods. It’s important to use high-quality bakeware to ensure that all the hard work put into the baking isn’t wasted.
When baking cupcakes and muffins, it’s important to use pans that heat evenly, are made from quality materials and don’t cause the food to stick to the pan surface. Heavy duty steel pans with the non-stick coating are some great options along with aluminum and silicone. The following is a list of the top 10 best muffin and cupcake pans in 2016 based on reviews.
10. OVENART BAKEWARE SILICONE 12-CUP MUFFIN PAN
This muffin pan is made of silicone which is BPA-free and filler-free. Baked goods will not stick to the material and should always pop out easily when done without the need for sprays or coatings. Using this silicone pan means that muffins and cupcakes will not retain an odd taste that can come from low-quality bakeware. The pan is also easy to clean without soaking or scrubbing required.
9. SILICONE MINI MUFFIN PAN
This pan is equipped to make 24 mini muffins or cupcakes at a time. It’s made of high-quality food grade silicone that is very easy to clean and means little to no mess ups when baking as the cakes always pop out easily when done. The pan makes bite-sized cakes and should work well with favorite muffin and cupcake recipes that you use for standard size cakes. The pan is also dishwasher safe and can even be used in the microwave or toaster oven.
8. CHICAGO METALLIC NON-STICK ORIGINAL MUFFIN TOP PAN
This non-stick pan can make 6 crisp muffin tops at once. The surface is easy to clean and doesn’t require oiling before use to prevent sticking. It’s made of carbon steel which makes for even heat distribution and perfectly baked muffin tops. The pan is dishwasher safe and has a 25-year warranty.
7. WILTON PREMIUM NONSTICK MUFFIN TOP PAN
This pan is designed exclusively for making muffin tops. It comes with several recipe suggestions and works well for any favorite muffin recipe. The pan is heavy and made of high-quality metal with heavy duty handles that make for easy lifting even while wearing oven mitts. It has a non-stick surface that allows the muffin tops to slide out easily without needing any type of greasing beforehand. This surface also makes for easy clean up and the pan is dishwasher safe.
6. RACHAEL RAY OVEN LOVIN’ NON-STICK 12-CUP MUFFIN AND CUPCAKE PAN
This pan from the well known Rachel Ray collection makes 12 standard size cupcakes or muffins at a time and also comes with some of Rachel’s favorite recipes. It features a non-stick surface that should last for many years of baking. The handles are extra wide and have silicone grips for safety and ease of use. The pan is oven safe up to 500 degrees and can be washed in the dishwasher.
5. LUCENTEE® LARGE MINI MUFFIN PAN
This pan can bake up to 24 mini muffins or cupcakes at a time. It’s made of high-quality silicone and is BPA free. The pan is heat resistant up to 450 degrees and is designed to last. The silicone coating makes for easy cleanup and the pan is dishwasher safe. It features a curved edge and easy grips to make handling the hot pan safer and easier.
4. FARBERWARE NONSTICK BAKEWARE 12-CUP MUFFIN PAN
The cupcake and muffin pan from Farberware can bake up to 12 at a time. It has a non-stick coating and is made of high-quality metal that is designed to last for many years. The pan resists warping and heats evenly to bake uniform treats each time without uneven browning. The pan is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe and can be used in an oven up to 450 degrees.
3. WILTON RECIPE RIGHT 24 CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN
This pan is capable of making 24 mini sized muffins or cupcakes at once. It has heavy gauge construction for even baking. The pan is easy to clean and has a non-stick surface. It’s made of heavy steel and has the dimensions embossed on the edge for easy identification while in storage. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.
2. KELIWA 12 CUP SILICONE MUFFIN & CUPCAKE BAKING PAN
This option from Keliwa is made from FDA approved silicone and is brightly colored. It can bake 12 standard size cupcakes or muffins at once. It has great heat regulation properties to make for even baking on all types of treats and the non-stick silicone surface makes for easy cleanup. It’s also stain resistant and dishwasher safe.
1. LAMINAS SILICONE MINI MUFFIN PAN
This silicone pan from Laminas can bake 24 mini muffins or cupcakes at once. It’s made of BPA-free silicone that is easy to clean and doesn’t require any scrubbing or scraping. The material is heat resistant up to 450 degrees and is also durable, foldable and easy to use. The pan is safe for use in the dishwasher and microwave if needed. It’s also safe for use in the freezer.
Baking treats like cupcakes and muffins at home mean that you control exactly what goes in them. This works great for those with food allergies or people who are following a special diet. Baking cupcakes and muffins at home can also help you avoid all those questionable additives that may be found in store bought treats, not to mention you can save money by doing the work yourself.
Cupcake and muffin pans come in many different materials. Non-stick metal and silicone are some of the most popular options. If you choose high-quality bakeware, you can often avoid the need to add oil or grease of some type to prevent the food from sticking. Quality pans also should heat evenly and be easy to clean to make the whole baking process more fun.