Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cupcake Hints & Tips

 Last week we were in charge of bringing treats to Billy's basketball game.  I also needed a treat for the kids after dinner on Sunday, because there wouldn't be enough of the Rainbow Spring Dessert and most of them wouldn't appreciate the goodness of it.  So I made two batches of cupcakes, perfect solution for the game and dessert on Sunday.  Since I've pinned many a great tip and tricks for cupcake making, I decided to test a few of them out.  Some were great, others not so much, so here's my thumb up or thumb down rating for some of the best cupcake tips on Pinterest.


First up - This tip for making bigger higher cupcakes by filling the cups a little fuller and cooking at a lower temperature.  Sadly, it didn't make any difference for me.  I filled the cups 3/4 of the way full, preheated the oven to 350 and then I turned on the convection which lowers the heat to 325.  Still the same flatter cupcakes.  I don't know if the convection made any difference, I wouldn't think so, so maybe it was just the recipe she used that made them dome up like that. 
So for this tip - THUMBS DOWN

Next - This tip (or several others) for using canning rings to hold your cupcake liners so you can bake more at a time.  I was really excited for this one since I was making two batches and didn't want to be in the kitchen all afternoon.  I lined my rings out on my pan, set the liners in, and when I started filling, the liners all sank down into the ring.   I don't know if I did this wrong, I don't know how I could do it any different, but I had a big mess as most of the cupcakes overflowed the liners and cooked onto the pan.   I should have taken a picture.  I measured (eyeballed) and the rings are a little bit smaller than a muffin tin cup, so it made the liners sit up straighter, thus giving a little less room for batter.  They were a little skiwampus where the overflowed, or small little things, all edible still, but not very pretty.
So for this tip - THUMBS DOWN

I was pretty discouraged and a little leery of trying anything else, but I persevered all in the name of science. lol

3rd Tip - Back to the same site as the first tip, I decided to try this, her recipe for Nanny Burke's Buttercream Frosting.   Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  I'm not usually a fan of buttercream because it's just too sugary tasting, but this wasn't, it was buttery flavored and pretty good.  I did add the shortening with it for firmness like she mentions.  Now I wasn't piping it on to my finger to eat it liked she did, but it was good.
So for this tip - THUMBS UP

4th Tip - This genius little video for mess free filling/using your pastry bags.  It's so simple and worked really well.  However, it didn't work very well for using two different colors at the same time, but I think I might have filled the one too full.
So for this tip - THUMBS UP

Finally the last tip - This trick from Our Best Bites (those girls are amazing!) for making multiple color swirled frosting.  I didn't have any disposable decorating bags, so I just used ziploc sandwich bags and cut the corners off.  I filled them like they said, not too full, flattened them down a little, stacked them together and slid them in my decorating bag.  It worked perfectly!  This was fun, I've got to try it again.
So for this tip - THUMBS UP


Overall, a good little experiment.  I crossed 5 things off my Pinterest "to do" list and we got to eat the yummy results. :)



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17 comments:

Partycraft Secrets said...

love the idea of the two-coloured frosting - may have to give that a go - taa!

Natasha in Oz said...

Great post! I had seen that idea about higher cupcakes and wondered about it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Nicola said...

I love honest reviews! Thanks for writing this up - saves us wasting out time trying stuff that doesn't work. Love your two-tone frosting on the cupcakes!

Connie said...

Hi, I'm Connie @ Hot Flash'n Craft'n, your newest LF, stop by when you have time and follow me.
The cupcakes look so good, thanks for the tips.

Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade said...

HI! Thanks for the tips. These will definitely come in handy. Now following :)

Amy said...

I love this...you saved me the work of testing out the lousy tips myself. ;) That multicolored frosting is so neat! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Mary Ellen said...

What great reviews! I see some of that stuff in Pinterest too and think, huh? Really that actually worked? And it really doesn't in real life. Science experiments to be successful must be able to be duplicated! Just wish Pinterest lived by the same mantra. LOL

Lauren Anslee said...

Thank you so much for this!! You saved me so much time so that i didn't have to go through the "thumbs down" ones at some point :)

P.S. i'm hosting a giveaway at my blog if you'd like to check it out!

http://thegreenassembly.blogspot.com/2012/03/lazy-dogs-and-giveaway.html

Sharla said...

I like this--you tested the ideas! Sometimes I have a hard time believing people have tried some of the tips they post.

Kathryn Pepper said...

Thanks for testing all those things for us readers! Awesome cupcake tips & tricks! Thanks for linking up to Cutesy Monday!

Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.
visiting from Somewhat Simple

Terry said...

Great experimenting. Bummer about the first two tips, but at least the other three were decent. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing the good tips along with what not to try. Makes me hungry for some cupcakes. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Thanks for these tips! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

Karima said...

Great cakes - I never get them right! - good tips!

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family said...

I love the colors of the cupcakes. I also like your reviews. My favorite saying is winner, winner, chicken dinner. Thanks so much for sharing at whimsy Wednesdays!

Onna said...

Thanks for the tips! I've been in a cupcake mood lately and these will definitely help! :]

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