Cake moulds are a reusable alternative to the little paper cases that you see in so many shops. In the past cake moulds were make of the same material as patty tins, and a little later on you could purchase non-stick cake moulds. The problem with a lot of non-stick cookware is that eventually the coating wears off and the moulds become impossible to use. The modern alternative to coated non-stick bake ware is moulds made from silicone.
Silicone cake moulds are still quite new and the reason most people like them, apart from the fact that the cakes are less likely to stick, is that you can get them in a range of colours and styles. You can use silicone cookware to bake your buns or cup cakes in the over, or you can microwave and then freeze them in the moulds. Silicone cookware is odour and stain resistant and most of them have a line indicating the mould is full and giving a much more even look to the finished cakes.
If you want to make a larger cake or a loaf style cake there are silicone versions on the market. It’s best to use a baking tray with a larger cake mould as it gives the mould a more stable base. If you can’t get silicone ware at your usual shop, you should be able to purchase them online as they are gaining in popularity.