Just when you thought cupcakes couldn't get any cuter — or easier — we found these colorific Amazon Basics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups. And you can use them again and again for just $1 a pop. The snazzy silicone liners are also great for muffins, molded gelatin, kids' snack cups — even eggs. Plus they're BPA-free and safe to use in the freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher. Swoon.
It seems almost silly to throw away money on paper liners that you'll toss in the trash when these pretty, reusable ones exist. They are the smarter, easier, thriftier way to go. Shoppers say you won't even need to spray these "fabulous" babies thanks to the "slick!" silicone: "I make breakfast muffins and they slide right out." Nab a dozen for just $12 or, an even better deal, two dozen for $15 — that's just 62 cents each!
Not only have these goodie cups earned over 61,000 perfect five-star ratings, but they've got an impressive 4.8-star rating overall. Here's what reviewers have to say.
Reusable + nonstick = a baking essential
Fans say that anything they bake in these eco-friendly cups comes out awesome. No need to spray with oil, they simply peel away with ease.
One pleased shopper wrote: "Perfect size, easy to use, easy to get muffins out and clean. I wanted something for cupcakes, muffins and cornbread muffins that would be easy and reusable. I am trying to cut down on disposable items..
"Game changer," raved another five-star fan. "These are amazing, perfect for anything even the stickiest mess. I use them to make Reese's Cups and nothing sticks to them. They're so pretty and everyone raves about them. Sometimes someone accidentally throws one out, but not often. Lol."
(Note: Above is a good case for getting the 24-pack for $15.)
"Perfect! Reusable! Nonstick...loved them so much, I had to buy more," agreed another. "I will never go back to paper ones that get stuck on the cupcake/muffin. These are easy to use, easy to clean in the dishwasher, and very durable."
A grateful grandparent reported: "Perfect muffin removal every time. My grandchildren can remove their muffin or cupcakes cleanly without leaving part of the food in the baking cup. I find in my oven the blueberry muffins and cornbread will be done at the lower number of minutes for baking time. Very easy to clean and dry. I am very pleased with these baking cups and plan to use them forever."
Air fryers, microwaves, Instapots...
Shoppers are psyched that these versatile baking liners go beyond trad ovens.
An impressed shopper reported: "I only have an air fryer for an oven, and I can't find cupcake pans that will fit it. So these are perfect. They fit on the tray, aren't too big, and they cook easily...Cakes and muffins are easily removed and they wash up perfectly."
This reviewer uses them in the oven, freezer and microwave: "We don’t have a muffin tin, so I got these to make an egg and zucchini muffin ahead of time, then freeze until morning. Then you pop the cooked but frozen egg muffin into microwave to eat on the go. I put these muffin 'papers' on a cookie sheet or pie tin before putting in oven."
"Works great in the Instapot," another chimed in.
"Best muffin cups for air fryer!!" said an enthused parent. "I have two college-aged girls and an air fryer in heavy use. They wake up, tear open muffin mix, pour it in the cups, and 8 minutes later we have 5 perfect muffins...I would recommend these to anyone using an air fryer to bake."
Dishwasher-safe is always a plus — especially for busy bakers.
The parent above continued her rave review: "They are DISHWASHER Safe!!! Flip them inside out to wash and they are ready to go next time. They have not needed spray ever and the muffins pop right out even screaming hot. Girls get what they want different small quantities of muffins, and I get what I want easy and DISHWASHER safe! Sorry, just love that part."
"I've baked muffins and brownies in the cups, and never once has anything stuck to them," added another. "They wash easily in the dishwasher, and they're bright and colorful."
Trusty lunchbox helper
Many parents suggested using them for kids' school lunch/snack packs!
"Lunchbox-approved," wrote one. "My toddlers don't like their food to touch. This is really great for their lunches."
Another parent loves these "thick and durable!" cups with "bright colors!" for lunchboxes: "I use it in my kids Bentgo and lunch box to separate lunch items. Also for baking. It’s super easy to clean and the best thing again is how thick and durable the silicone is. It’s not like those flimsy cups you find. Recommend!"
And others use them for all of the above: "Essential kitchen item. I bought these to use in lunchboxes for snacks like berries, pretzels, etc. I’ve actually found myself using them to bake muffins more often though. Muffins always come out perfect in these. Never overcooked and the cup doesn’t stick or tear the muffin. My kids love the colors. These wash very easily by hand or the dishwasher top rack."
High-end, low price
At $12 for 12 or $15 for 24, these baking liners give you more than your money's worth, fans say.
One thrilled reviewer called them "the perfect addition to my baking collection. I already had a pastel set from a large expensive kitchen store. I needed more than twelve and found these and they are exactly the same as the pricey ones."
What'll you use them for?
Sift through the reviews and you'll find countless ideas for what else to do with these cups.
For starters, this fan "used them for baking, freezing bacon grease, used them for mixing beauty products before syringing them into bottles. Inert, flexible, and they clean up easy in the dishwasher."
"So many uses!" agreed another. "They are fabulous! I use them to separate items in my son’s lunch. I also use them in the classroom with my 3 year olds for sensory play, sorting, and/or separating items for them. They are durable, vibrant in color, and easy to clean."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.