Making the Best Cupcakes!
What is there not to love about delicious cupcakes? To make the perfect cupcakes, you will need the perfect cupcake supplies.
Some cupcake supplies are relatively standard and easy to find. Items such as sugar, flour, chocolate chips and sprinkles can generally be purchased in any grocery store. You also probably have on hand basic kitchen supplies such as wooden spoons and spatulas. Specialized supplies that you may need to buy are cupcake pans, cooling racks, cupcake liners, cupcake decorations, cupcake stands, cupcake wrappers … Then there are the ribbons, pearls and edible jewels to adorn them.
The exact supplies that you need will depend mainly on the recipe that you use and the style of cupcakes that you’re going to make.
Are there recommended cupcake pans?
Yes! Shiny pans help to reflect heat better and result in more evenly baked cupcakes. To achieve the best results when using darker type of pans, you may want to lower cooking temperatures by 25 degrees. One of the top recommendations is the gold-touch pans from Williams-Sonoma used by cupcake baking professionals. Real Simple magazine recommends the Chicago Metallic Commercial II Traditional Uncoated 12-Cup Muffin Pan with its lifetime guarantee.
Are there recommended cupcake pan liners?
Yes! Look for the grease-proof type of cupcake pan liners if you expect the liner to look as pretty after baking as it was before. Using liners can reduce wear and tear on the nonstick finish of your cupcake pans.
What are cupcake wrappers?
A cupcake wrapper wraps around a cupcake that has been already baked in a regular baking cup liner. Definitely a good way to add a little class to an ordinary cupcake, especially for a formal event. You can even get personalized cupcake wrappers! See some examples from Amazon below:
Why use an ice cream scoop?
Using an ice cream scoop is also a great way to get the same amount of batter in each cup. A #16 (2 oz) scoop or a #20 scoop is preferred for cupcakes. You should fill your cupcake cups to 1/2 to 2/3 full.
What size pastry icing decorating bag to use?
The size pastry icing decorating bag you need depends on how much icing you plan on using and what tip you’re using. Let’s say you are baking 12 cupcakes and using just your typical 1M swirl …16 inch - 20 inch disposable bags should work. The 1M decorating tip is a must! It will make your cupcake decorating life so much easier!
Why use a cupcake stand or tower?
Using a cupcake stand or tower is the perfect fun way to display those perfectly made cupcakes. See these examples from Amazon.
Are there edible cupcake picks?
Do I need a heavy duty mixer?
How many cupcakes do you plan on decorating? The answer to this question depends on your needs. See my article on Kitchen Aid mixers.
Should you use cupcake decorations?
Yes, you should use cupcake decorations … Cupcake decorations have the potential to making your cupcakes look spectacular with little effort on your part.
Whether you have some baking and cake decorating experience or not, using cupcake supplies ease the task of making and decorating the perfect cupcakes a little easier and more enjoyable.
It does not matter if you are making cupcakes for a themed special occasion or just for fun… Cupcake supplies will speed up and improve the outcome. Only a couple cupcake decorating supplies are needed to make the perfect designer cupcake.
Stay tuned for Part 2 – Healthy Cupcake Recipes!
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