I do get sent the nicest things. I was really excited recently when I received this DUO Silocone and Ceramics springform cake mold in the mail from the people at Lékué. For those of you not familiar with the name, Lékué is a company that produces that are very innovative in their design and use. Lékué products have revolutionised kitchens around the world, making them spaces for new food experiences and unique sensations. Blending flavours and textures; making recipes and trying them, all of this helps children and adults discover the pleasures of cooking at home. I was sent three items to try out and this is the first one I have used.
This springform combination ceramic and silicone pan is 6 inches in diameter, with removeable silicone sides and a ceramic bottom, which doubles as a serving plate.
It consists of a two part silicone mold and a ceramic plate, which fits inside the silcone snuggly when it's put together.
It fits together very easily. I was a bit worried it might leak, but happy to say it did not. It's great for oven use and also for making refrigerated and frozen desserts, and it comes with a little recipe/hint/use booklet. It's dishwasher/oven/microwave and freezer safe.
It took me a while to get interested in silcone bakeware, but I have to say I have really fallen in love with this type of bakeware. Not only do you not need to grease it, saving on fat, mess and calories, but baked goods pop out like a dream when done.
I decided to bake a cake recipe I found in Tamasin Day-Lewis's book "Supper For a Song." It seemed the perfect recipe to try and it had jam on the top. We love nutty cakes with jam on the top, so it was win/win all round. You can see it popped out of the cake mold beautifully. There was no sticking at all. The mold was a little bit smaller than the one called for in the recipe, but no worries, I just took any extra batter I had and baked it separately in a custard cup so that Todd could have his own little treat mid afternoon.
It turned out beautiful. I used a sour cherry jam. You spoon warm jam over the top and it soaks in a teensie bit and drips nicely down the sides, which I thought looked really nice. It was lovely that by using this mold I ended up with it's own perfectly sized cake plate. No need to dirty anything else. Doesn't it look cute?
What a beautifully tasty and moist cake it is, subtly flavoured with lemon zest and vanilla and almond. A lovely combination . . . and the nuts make for a nice crumb.
I really hope that you will give it a go. It's a gorgeous cake, full stop. You can use whatever jam you want on the top. I think peach or apricot would be nice, and so would blueberry or Strawberry, raspberry . . . plum preserves. In fact, I can't think of a jam that wouldn't take nice on top of this!
*Jam Topped Almond Cake*
Makes one 8 inch cake
Makes one 8 inch cake
the finely grated zest of one unwaxed lemon
This is a great keeper and tastes wonderful with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or creme fraiche.
I really REALLY like this cake pan/mold. I was very impressed with it's perfomance. It performed beautifully and washed like a dream. I would give it a 10 out of 10.
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This cake mold retails at £19.97
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Many thanks to the people at Lékué for sending me this lovely piece of kit. Although I was sent it for free, any and all opinions of it are my own.