Baking a Small Cake
The term “cupcake” has become synonymous with wedding cakes. In recent years cupcake cakes have become very popular for weddings, birthday parties, showers, and bar mitzvahs. A cupcake generally is a smaller round cake designed to only serve one individual, usually in a tiny aluminum or plastic cup. As with larger round cakes, more elaborate cake decorations like candies and frosting can be added. However, for a wedding it’s usually a small round cake served in a cup to prevent the cost of hiring a caterer.
One of the most important things to remember about a cupcake is that it needs frosting! Cupcakes are typically flavored with a frosting that matches the flavor of the cupcake. For example, to make a basic chocolate cupcake a chocolate flavored frosting must be used. This is very important as it prevents the cupcake from looking gummy when it comes out of the oven.
There are different kinds of cupcakes, and cupcake recipes can be found on the Internet. You can bake the cupcakes yourself or buy them pre-made. When baking cupcakes it is important to use a heat method that is suitable for your cupcake and that yields a light cake with minimal moistness. The most important aspect of baking a small cakes is that it can be done quickly and that it tastes delicious.
Another essential ingredient for making a great cupcake is the frosting. When frosting a cupcake it is important to select the right type of frost. If you prefer a smooth consistency then you need to use a powdered sugar and blend together prior to pouring the batter onto the cupcake pan. If you prefer a gooey consistency then simply mix with a bit of water. Another important tip when using frostings in cupcakes is that you should only use cold ingredients.
The icing is used to cover the cupcake before it comes out of the oven. Icing tips are available in all the supermarkets. Icing is also available in many gift shops, but always remember to use only cold icing. If using fresh fruit then you can dip the cupcake in chocolate before putting it in the oven. The chocolate will prevent the cupcake from browning when it comes out of the oven.
Cupcake liners are available at bakery stores. You can use these cupcake liners in the same way you would use paper liners. They do not provide as much room for writing, so make sure you have enough written on the cupcake before putting it in the oven.