Cakes come in different shapes and sizes, but it’s the cupcake that has taken center stage! It’s gone from craze to complete craziness with the explosion of gourmet shops and bold bloggers that have taken the plain-Jane cupcake of our youth, to lusciously grand masterpieces that almost look too good to eat.
Because of our fascination with cupcakes, we wanted to feature some extraordinary blogger bakers who've made it their buisness to create delicious mini-masterpieces from flour, eggs, frosting and, of course, love. Introducing... Aimee from Shugary Sweets!
Aimee's Tips, Tricks and Tragedies with the Great Cupcake
What’s the secret to making a great cupcake? A great cupcake begins with great liners. Be sure to buy grease-proof liners. You not only want your cupcakes to taste great, but look great too! Also, I prefer to only fill my cupcake tins half full. That way they don't rise above the liners (and stick to the cupcake pans)! Perfect for an extra topping of frosting!
Do you prefer using cake mixes or making cupcakes from scratch? I almost always make cupcakes from scratch. I have recipes for yellow, white, funfetti, chocolate, red velvet and more! It's only a few extra steps with ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry.
What’s the strangest filling you’ve ever seen in a cupcake? I was at a local bakery not too long ago and they had white cupcakes with shredded chicken. No joke. The cupcakes were topped with a honey frosting. I couldn't bring myself to try them, but they might have been good.
How many cupcakes do you make in a year? I usually make cupcakes twice a month for my family – whether it’s just for fun, or one of my children signed me up to bring treats to their school! So, most months would be four dozen cupcakes. Around the holidays, I tend to bake more; in the summer I tend to bake less. And, of course, the occasional friend request throws the numbers askew when asked to bake 300 cupcakes for a wedding! On average, though, I would guess about 600 cupcakes a year!
Any cupcake disasters? Disaster? Me? Never! I've done it all. From putting cupcakes in an oven (that wasn't turned on) to frosting cupcakes that weren't completely cooled (can you say “runny frosting?”). The worst was making cupcakes right after I used the oven to cook bacon. They had a bit of smoky-ness to them that my family didn't care for!
Aimee's Arsenal of Cupcakes (We dare you NOT to drool!)
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