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Teacup Cupcake Molds

Teacup Cupcake Molds

Fred & Friends Teacup Cakes Cupcake Molds

These cute and classy cupcake molds just scream "tea party!". Made of silicone with little handles, they even come with matching saucers to complete the effect.

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Clever Cookie Spatula

Clever Cookie Spatula

Oxo Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

Reviewers rave about this small spatula designed specifically for cookies. Features a very thin and flexible stainless steel edge wrapped in silicone, with asymmetrical corners and a steeply angled non-slip handle. Of course, it works great on other stuff too (brownies, pancakes, omelettes...).

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Super Silicone Pastry Brush

Superior Silicone Pastry Brush

Oxo Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush

I'm a fan of silicon pastry brushes, because they last longer, handle heat, and are easier to clean than old fashioned bristle brushes. They are also great for basting and BBQing. This silicone pastry brush does one thing better than all the others: it holds liquids. This is because of a brilliant bristle design that actually traps and holds liquids. Another great feature is the angled head design that keeps the bristles off your counter when you lay it down. Comes in small (perfect for the baker), medium (a good compromise for bakers and basters), and large (perfect for the BBQ).

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Cool Tools to Handle the Heat

Cool Tools to Handle the Heat

Le Creuset Silicone Mini-Cool Tools

These super-handy silicone pot-holders also make great heat pads and jar openers. Le Creuset's superior-grade silicone is heat-resistant to 800F, freezer and dishwasher-safe. Just the right size (4" diameter) to fit in your hand or under a hot pot (use 2 for larger pans). They also make great anti-slip mats under mixing bowls and cutting boards. Comes as a set of 2, and in a range of great colors.

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Simple Silicone Spatula

Simple Silicone Spatula

Trudeau Silicone Spatula - 600 Degrees Fahrenheit, Orange, 12 Inch

There are a ton of spatulas to choose from these days. I'm partial to the simple 1-piece silicone spatulas. 1-piece means they're easy to clean (no grooves or corners to hide bits of goo). This 12" Trudeau Silicone Spatula is cheery and functional, ideal for dealing with large bowls of batter - perfect for folding chocolate into a chocolate pavlova.

I also like this all-purpose black Orka spatula, as I have a white silicone spatula that has gotten discolored over the years.

Both Orka and Trudeau also make small slim spatulas (perfect for getting marmalade or nut butters out of jars), and they also make nice spoon spatulas (which are pretty handy for mixing and folding).

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My Favorite Silicone Mat

My Favorite Silicone Mat

Silpat 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat (buy it here)

From the upper eshilon of baking mats, this is one of the best. This high-quality heavy-duty easy-to-clean baking mat is a kitchen essential. Besides its almost magical non-stick baking surface, it can also be used to make candy and roll dough. I've been using mine for over 3 years now, and it still looks like new. Bye bye greasy cookie sheets and creepy aerosol butter sprays - hello perfectly baked cookies.

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