This heart-shaped mold is the key to DIY Valentine’s Day treats
We tried the latest baking tool from Silpat—here’s what happened.
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As a baking enthusiast, I prefer gifting homemade food that’s made with love. And as a Silpat fanatic, I couldn’t wait to try the new food-grade silicone Heart Mold to customize my chocolates and bite-sized cakes—here’s what happened.
What is Silpat?
Silpat is a brand that makes high-end pastry equipment and is best known for its pastry mats and cake molds. Silpat’s journey began when French inventor and baker Monsieur Guy Demarle decided to create better and more convenient solutions for making pastries with the help of a unique silicone and fiber manufacturing process.
Silpat makes a variety of baking products, including muffin molds, pastry mats, and sheet pan liners. I’ve been using Silpat baking mats in place of parchment paper for years, as they’re cost-effective in the long run and environmentally-friendly.
What I like
All Silpat mats and molds can sustain up to 500°F and are guaranteed to handle the oven’s heat at least 3,000 times, which means you’ll be able to make thousands of delicious confections with these heart-shaped mold sheets, each of which can make 28 delicious treats.
The Heart Mold has the distinctive characteristics of all Silpat mats, like the nonstick surface, which makes unmolding a breeze. Like most Silpat products, they’re also dishwasher safe. Beyond molding chocolates, these freezer- and oven-friendly molds are suitable for bite-sized desserts of various kinds, such as cookies, brownies, and even mini cupcakes.
What I don’t like
Since I’m not a professional chocolatier, I found the soft, thin silicone material to be a bit slippery and difficult to handle once the molds were filled with tempered chocolate. When I tried to make chocolate shells, I had a hard time maneuvering the molds to get rid of excess chocolate. Generally speaking, I’ve had better luck working with acrylic molds when it comes to chocolate.
If you’re baking bite-sized cakes in these molds, I’d recommend you to half-fill the slots because the batter tends to expand under high heat.
Is the Silpat heart-shaped mold worth it?
If you’re a dedicated home baker who collects molds of special shapes, this particular Silpat product will likely enhance your baking experience. Like other SIlpat products, the Heart Mold was designed with home chefs’ needs in mind: an easy to use tool that can maximize creativity, allowing anyone to bring tasty baked goods to their family and friends.
If you’re intimidated by homemade chocolate but you’re dying to give the Silpat Heart Mold a spin, go for a baked good instead.
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