julia kettley. cupcake. April 14th , 2017.
Why not an oven? There are several reasons why you should invest in your own appliance for making cupcakes. Although you can also create cupcakes using your good old trusty oven, there are several advantages of having a special appliance instead of just an oven, especially if you want to make the best cupcakes for your friends and family, and even for special occasions. Here are some of the reasons why a cupcake maker is better than an oven.
If you are good with a pastry bag, you can create many different designs with just the icing alone. The swirl of icing on top of each delicious can be modified to create flowers or leaves, or any other item from your imagination. The icing can be tinted in so many colorful ways, including varied colors of the rainbow all on one cupcake. Although cupcakes normally have a frosting of some kind, other cupcakes can have just a glaze and still be tasteful and appealing. Consider a zesty lemon glaze on a vanilla cupcake with a lemon cream centre. Add a bit of slivered candied lemon to decorate and you have a truly scrumptious beautiful cupcake. You can also try a caramel glaze that would be very tasty. You can use just about anything you can dream up to top your cupcakes and make them unique and attractive. The baking or bulk food stores carry many ideas. They have little shaped candies that can add color, whimsy and a bit of crunch to your cupcake toppings. You can add chopped nuts, cut up chocolate candy bars or slivered candied peel to add a little more flavor to your cupcakes. You can mold your own figures or designs from modeling chocolate to create fanciful cupcakes, or you can use marzipan in various shaped designs. Try using cookie cutters for shaping your cupcake cut-outs.
Watch your baking time and temperature. Use a good, reliable oven thermometer and check that the oven is at the correct temperature before you bake your cupcakes. Also, set your timer to a few minutes less than the recommended baking time Once the timer goes off, check the cupcakes to see if they are ready or actually need the rest of the baking time. This will help you avoid overcooked cupcakes. Test by inserting a toothpick into the center of one of the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack.
If you feel that paints are too messy for the party, draw a cupcake and copy it so that there are enough for each guest to receive one. Supply pencils and texts and let the children color it in. Buy some cupcake fabric and use it as a tablecloth or make little bags for the party favors. There are many cupcake shaped items that you can use as party favors - lip gloss, pencil toppers, stickers. Enjoy your cupcake theme party.
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