A cupcake is simply a thin slice of baked cake designed to serve only one individual, usually one person at a time, who can be served in a single-ounce serving cup. As with other cakes, frosting can be added and cake decorations including candy and fruit can also be used. Cupcakes are usually served as a dessert after the main meal, but they can also be given as a dessert at a party. If given as a party treat, cupcakes are often decorated as opposed to traditional cookies and candies.
In general, cupcakes can be made from any type of flour, pastry or bread. Shortcakes can be made with angel food or vanilla ice cream. Muffins are also a nice choice for cupcakes. Any type of muffin can serve as a filling in a cupcake. Muffins, however, can sometimes clog a cupcake pan, so it is important to grease or flour a muffin pan before filling it. Use a non-stick spray or lining to make sure that the muffin stays smooth and not greasy.
Before filling the cupcakes, they should be allowed to cool completely. A good idea is to place them in the refrigerator until cold. The best method of cooling cupcakes is to put them in a separate container with a lid, then bring them to room temperature, turn them on the low speed of a low-speed blender, and freeze them. Thawing them is usually a little more difficult because the ingredients may have a tendency to stick together.
Another option for muffin cupcake holders is to use paper liners. These liners are available in a variety of colors and styles and work well for cupcake parties. Cupcake liners are inexpensive and reusable, making them a popular choice for cupcake parties and other similar events. Because cupcake liners can also be reused, they are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrappers and reusable bags.
If you intend to bake small sized cupcakes, baking small size cupcakes by means of a traditional pan can save you a lot of money. This is because you can bake smaller cupcakes and frost them at your leisure, and not have to wait until they are finished baking to finish putting them in the refrigerator. Smaller cupcakes usually require more work when it comes to decorating, so if you intend to make a lot of these kinds of cupcakes, it might be better to bake them in a regular cake pan. This way, you can frost them in a light mist form and finish them off in your desired color scheme.
Baking cupcakes can be a fun and rewarding experience. You can select from an array of premade cupcake recipes, or find some of your own. With so many different flavors available today, there is sure to be one that fits the taste of everyone’s tastes. The Internet is also a great source of ideas, since you can easily sift through recipe pages to find ones that appeal to you. If baking a large number of cupcakes is not your strong point, consider using the liners that are provided by most bakeries, which makes it easier to add to the batter as it begins to bake.