A cupcake is simply a small round cake baked from batter that contains at least one cup of cake mix and one to two tablespoons of cream or milk. A cupcake is not the same as a cake, however, in many ways they taste close to a full cake. They are usually smaller in diameter and the flavor may be more comparable to that of an ice cream cake. Cupcakes may contain small pieces of fruit and nuts, or just plain sugar and cream.
As with other cakes, frosting and various cake decorations like candy and fruit can be added. These decorations make cupcake cakes more attractive and sometimes cupcake recipes include filling the cupcake with food color to enhance the appearance. Since cupcakes usually do not have the same amount of baking time as traditional cakes, they must be frozen upon preparation. This freezing of cupcakes is sometimes done in a similar way to that of chilling regular cakes.
In addition to decorating and freezing, cupcake liners are also sometimes used to protect the cupcake from spills and other damages. Typically, cupcake liners are made of either a paper liners or aluminum foil. Both of these options are excellent choices. The paper liners are typically reusable and they are less expensive than plastic liners. They will also keep your cupcakes fresh and they do not encourage the growth of bacteria or yeast within the cupcake.
Muffin cups are available in many different styles and varieties. The most common muffin cup design features a flat top that is covered by a rolled bottom. Many people will use these types of cups to bake cupcakes because the tops are less sticky and the muffin tops are easy to remove. They are often sold in three to four packs, depending on the size of the cupcake. The most common varieties include angel food, sponge, and small sponge. Other muffin cupcake designs include floral, racing, heart, football, wedding, paw prints, and many others.
One of the newest ways to decorate your cupcakes is to decorate them with glazes. Glazes come in all sorts of flavors and colors. Some of the more popular ones include gum paste, French vanilla, and chocolate. When using glazes, you can add just a touch of frosting or you can overdo it. Just watch out for excessive frosting because it tends to melt the cupcakes.
Another creative method that people have been using for a while now is to decorate a cupcake with buttercream. This type of frosting tastes like chocolate but has the consistency of butter. It is very smooth and light. Cupcake liners are great because they keep the cupcakes fresh. As you can see, there are many ways to decorate your cake that have not been mentioned here. Good luck and have a great cupcake day!