Macia Imber. cupcake. July 01st , 2017.
If you think you can only have gourmet-quality cupcakes by heading to the bakery and paying gourmet prices, think again. Real people designed those gourmet recipes, and real people bake perfect cupcakes every day. If you’d like to boost your cupcake-baking prowess, read on for a guide on baking cupcakes so good, people will think you’re hiding a pastry chef in your pantry. Always use the freshest and highest quality ingredients. You can only create amazing cupcakes if you start with amazing, fresh, high quality ingredients. use the right flour. For most cupcakes, all-purpose flour will do, but you can also use pastry or cake flour to make your cupcakes light and tender. Whole wheat flour is heavy and grainy and will give you a healthier, but less than desirable cupcake.
Cupcakes are presently the latest trend. Personally, and many agree, I think a trend that will never die down. As a child, when we see a cupcake our eyes open wide. Take a look around you, as adults we do the same. What do I love about the cupcake? Just about everything. I love the sweet little goodness. The prettier the cupcake necessarily does not indicate how delicious it will taste. However, the presentation does come into play when choosing your cupcake to purchase at the bakery, or at a display table. The presentation at a party or event is considerably more memorable than a square or round cake that gets sliced before you take a bite.
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.
Another popular cupcake shop on the West coast is Sprinkles, located in Beverly Hills. Celebrities can be seen basking in cupcake glory just like the rest of us. Oprah, a very famous cupcake lover, has even given away free cupcakes as a treat to her audience. At some weddings, couples and their guests are enjoying a wedding cupcake tree instead of a traditional wedding cake. A cupcake tree features many decorative cupcakes - like a flower cupcake - sitting prettily on a cupcake stand or each delicate cake is placed into an individual cupcake box. If you don’t happen to live close to a cupcake shop, you can always indulge in some delicious cupcake eating at home. Why not get some friends together and throw a cupcake party? Cupcake decorating is fun and each of you can use your imagination to create your own cupcake decorating idea. Of course, every good cupcake decorating party has to include cupcake sprinkles, but you can also use marshmallows, cookies, candy bits, maraschino cherries, decorative frosting bags and tips and, of course, lots of creamy frosting. You too can take cupcake decoration to new heights of sugary sweet temptation. Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe When you do get to visit a cupcake shop, you’ll often find that this incredibly rich cupcake with the cream cheese frosting is among the most popular. Cupcake 1 1/2 cup sugar - 1/2 cup shortening - 1 cup buttermilk - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 2 eggs - 1 teaspoon vinegar - 2 tablespoons baking soda - 2 oz. red food coloring - 2 tablespoons cocoa powder - 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour - 1 teaspoon salt, Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a medium sized bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. In a glass measuring cup, add the vinegar to the baking soda and let it dissolve.....Add the following ingredients to the shortening mixture: buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, vinegar and baking soda mixture. In a small bowl, mix together the red food coloring with the cocoa powder; add this to the shortening batter. Slowly mix in the cake flour and salt. Mix in the cream cheese filling (if desired) to create a marble effect. Pour into muffin cups and bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cream Cheese Filling and Frosting - 1/3 cup sugar - 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened - 1 egg - 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Swirl 2/3 cup of the cream cheese filling into the red velvet cake batter. Reserve the rest for the topping (you can always use another flavor of frosting for the tops).
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