Monday, April 4, 2011

cupcakes

I LOVE cupcakes. They are just the right size for fulfilling a sweet craving without feeling too guilty and they look so pretty!  That's probably what I like best about them.  You can use a simple wrapper and decorate the cake itself or use a fancy wrapper to dress up a simple cake.  I am addicted to buying cupcake wrappers.  If I see a cute one, I get it.  It has caused the drawer I house all my cake decorating items in to become rather full.

Back in November when we went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving, we made our usual trip to IKEA and what did I find there but some awesome cupcake wrappers!  They are actually for popovers, but after looking for the pan that was supposed to be in the rack with the wrappers and not finding it, I figured I'd just make them work.



I decided to use them for Valentine's Day cupcakes for Katie's class party at school.  They wouldn't be as large as regular cupcakes and I could get 30 of them in one pan for her to carry.

One problem.  Since I didn't have the fancy pan that helped them keep their shape, they flared out at the top and would tip over.

Here's the difference in size of how they fit in a muffin pan compared to a regular liner

And this is what the difference in size after the baking process

So I decided to get creative.  I didn't want 30 cupcakes falling over again and again.  I had a bunch of silicone "muffin liners" that don't have to be in a tin, they can just sit on a cookie sheet.  Great it you want to make muffins and not have them in wrappers when you serve them.  You just bake them in there and then pop them out.

Anyway, I doubled up the silicone liners and put them in a pan and THEN put the popover paper liners in.  They fit perfectly, were just the right size and didn't tip over anymore.



The only downside to this method is I can only bake 6 cupcakes at a time and they take a little longer to cook than usual therefore it takes forever to make a lot.  So I think that I will send someone who lives near an IKEA to look for the popover pan one of these days.  :)

Finished product! (Red velvet cupcakes w/ cream cheese frosting)

Just for fun... another set of cupcakes that I made last weekend for a baby shower!
 (Chocolate and coffee (mocha) cupcakes w/ buttercream icing and sour cream cupcakes topped w/ a white chocolate liqueur icing & a raspberry)

2 comments:

Arrington Family News said...

You are amazing! These look beautiful...great job!

sashby07 said...

I love cupcakes too!! Jesse has actually been whining for me to make some lately. You did a gorgeous icing job... now I want cupcakes!!