How About A Thread To Seriously Discuss Making Cupcakes?????

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Melvira Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 10:18pm
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Melvira.. Hope you can answer this ? I only tried the bettercream 1 time and it was nasty and stayed looking like melted coolwhip ! I have some in my freezer right now I never used yet ! I have a few 32oz containers , what do I do with it ? Defrost and whip like whipped cream ( made from heavy cream ? ) thats what I tried before ! It never got fluffed up ? Like I said .stayed like melted coolwhip ! I havent tried it again ! What are the normal steps to use it ! HELP !!! Thanks ! Or anyone else that can answer, Please do !!!




Ok, pull it out of the freezer and let it sit for about an hour at room temp to thaw. Give it a good shake in the carton to make sure you get all the good stuff off the bottom! icon_lol.gif Pour it into your KA or other suitable mixer and turn it on medium high and whip the heck out of it! Just like you do with whipped cream. It may take a few minutes, but it will definitely fluff up. If it doesn't, there is something wrong with it and you should take it back! It turns out fluffy and lightly sweet like a nice sweetened whipped cream. Add dashes of flavoring (any flavor you like) to compliment the cake flavor.

butterflywings Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 10:41pm
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something else you can try... melvira - i dont' know if you do this, too... but when i make whipped cream from heavy cream, i chill my attachment and my bowl for just a few minutes in the freezer and i always get really light fluffy whipped cream

fiddlesticks Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 10:54pm
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Thanks .. And butterflywings
I do always chill my attachment and my bowl whenever I make whipped cream ! Good thought though . Mel, I do know when I made it before I bought it frozen and came home and let it sit in the fridge overnight So it was completly thawed ! Does that make any difference ? Then I whipped it straight from the fridge ! Should that have still worked ? Because thawing at rm temp for about an hr like you said , is it still part frozen when you go to whip it ?

Melvira Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 11:14pm
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Thanks .. And butterflywings
I do always chill my attachment and my bowl whenever I make whipped cream ! Good thought though . Mel, I do know when I made it before I bought it frozen and came home and let it sit in the fridge overnight So it was completly thawed ! Does that make any difference ? Then I whipped it straight from the fridge ! Should that have still worked ? Because thawing at rm temp for about an hr like you said , is it still part frozen when you go to whip it ?




I always chill for whipping cream, not always for Bettercreme. Now, to be honest, you don't have to let it sit at room temp to thaw, that is just a suggestion. I have pulled it from the freezer, (you may notice it never quite freezes solid...?) given it a few minutes and then squeezed it into the bowl in blops, and whipped it. It was super cold, but it worked just fine. Leaving it in the fridge should not affect it at all! You can leave it in the fridge for like a week after you open it (if you don't use the whole batch) and still whip it up and use it! (You can also refreeze... shhhhh... some people will tell you not to! But as long as it's well covered so as not to get freezer burnt... go for it!) I honestly cannot imagine why it didn't work for you! Oh wait, doesn't it say on the back of the carton that it may not work for incredibly good looking women who look younger than their actual age? Maybe that's your problem. You're just too attractive. icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif

fiddlesticks Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 11:22pm
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Mel .. You are just soooo smart that has to be it ! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Why else wouldnt it work ! I guess this gramma ( icon_razz.gif ) will just have to go for it and give it another try ! Thats after I find that syrup ! icon_lol.gif Thanks for all the help ! If it doesent work this time , maybe I should buy another carton just in case I had a bad batch ! Because it just never whipped at all , And I never have trouble whiping reg whipped creme ! Thanks!

Melvira Posted 12 Apr 2008 , 11:27pm
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Yes, definitely try the malt syrup with it. And I add a pretty strong amount without it hindering the whippability of the liquid! (Is that a word? It is now!!) And yes, if it doesn't whip up, you have either a bad batch or just the wrong product!! (Mislabeled??)

acookieobsession Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 12:07am
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I would like to reccomend the book....Vegan cupcakes take over the world.

Now wait, don't say blech before you try it, the ones I have made are FABULOUS! AND, I have made them with reg milk and yogurt.... We do not eat vegan, but seriously you would never know!

I have made the Vanilla one, chai latte, chocolate, agave vanilla one, and the maple crunch. My DH say maple crunch is the best I have ever made.

HTH Julia

teenycakes Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 12:09am
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Thanks soooo much for starting this thread!!! My focus is primarily on cupcakes and mini cakes. I've spent the last year and a half researching "Cupcake" recipes. I don't have much success using cake recipes for making cupcakes. I want a delicious cake taste and a beautiful dome.

I'm still searching for a fabulous vanilla cupcake recipe, I've tried countless recipes, and cannot get a delicious taste, with a dome on top. Does anyone have a moist yellow cupcake recipe they care to share?

Thanks again for sharing! thumbs_up.gif

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 12:44am
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Oh Julia... maple crunch? Now THAT sounds like a recipe I'd like to try!! I L-O-V-E maple!!! YUMMY!!

ReesesCupcakes Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:01am
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I second the Vegan Cupcakes take over the world. I'm doing a vegan wedding with Vegan Cupcakes, and the bride recommended this book.

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:24am
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Melvira Yahooo I found it !!! The Hershey,s whoppers choc malt syrup! I went into Wallyworld and there it was waiting ( begging ) me to bring it home ! I also bought the DULCE de LECHE just because.. well I couldnt leave it standing alone ! I just love anything malt flavor!!

suz3 Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:27am
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I just made Mucho Margarita from the vegan cupcake book. I am not vegan just trying to be healthy. These cupcakes are too die for. I cut the recipe in half cause I didn't know if I would like them and wish I'd made all 12. They are moist and just rock!!!!

CINDY1956 Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:28am
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icon_biggrin.gif And I just called and put my book on hold, Vegan cupcakes takes over the world..Will get it tommorrow...Thanks for the great advice..

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:39am
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Where did you find the Vegan cupcakes book to put on hold ?

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:46am
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I just searched my library's card catalog online, found it, and put it on hold. Can't wait to check it out!!

So glad you found the syrup fiddlesticks! It's so worth it! And ohhhh, the Dulche de Leche, too!! Put those side by side in a box and watch the people bend to your will! thumbs_up.gif

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 1:52am
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I couldnt wait to have a taste , I had some left over buttercream , so I got a spoon full and topped it with some of each ! SOOOOOOOOO YUMMMY ! Great call on that idea ! Not sure why you tried it but glad ya did !

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:01am
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I couldnt wait to have a taste , I had some left over buttercream , so I got a spoon full and topped it with some of each ! SOOOOOOOOO YUMMMY ! Great call on that idea ! Not sure why you tried it but glad ya did !




HAHAHAHA!! You had a buttercream sundae!!! Screw the ice cream! icon_lol.gif You know, I used to use malt powder but it tended to give the icing a grainy feel unless you dissolved it in liquid first, so I was walking through WallyWorld and that bottle caught my eye. If you've looked through my gallery pix, you know I love me some Whoppers... so it just seemed to make sense. One of those things where it just *clicks*, ya know?

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:19am
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Ok Mel ..That malted heart cake ! WOW !!! That looks delicious!! Care to share that one ?? Pretty please with choc malt syrup on top ???? Ok I will throw in an extra large box of whoopers on top !

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:24am
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Why thank you!! I will PM you a general description! Believe it or not, I get more comments and questions on my two malted cakes than almost all others combined!

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:28am
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I have to go back and look ! I didnt see another one ?

JoanneK Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:28am
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Oh man you guys!!! It is so hot here today and it's not cooling off that well, at least not yet.

I don't want the oven on but boy am I wanting to try some of these great cupcakes right now!!!

I don't know if I should go ahead and make them now or wait until tomorrow.

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:35am
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OK.. am I right in thinking its the 2 heart cakes ? Or is there a dif one Im missing ? I have that heart pan and never used it ! hummmm might have to, Do you mind sending your pouring tips on the ganache to ?? That round cake with the poured ganache is wonderful to! Thanks

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:37am
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Ok fiddlesticks... having a blonde moment?? It was the cake right next to the one you commented on! Heheheheh!

Here it is: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=59356

And here is the wedding cake that it spawned (ordered by the same person that ordered that one I just posted a link to: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=76810

vww104 Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:38am
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Thanks for all the great tips and ideas!

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:42am
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Oh sure, you found it while I was busy bagging on you! Hehehe.

As far as getting a nice ganache surface, the most important thing I can stress is to strain the finished ganache through a seive. Then I pour it over the cake but let it bounce off a spoon first (does that make sense?) so it doesn't mar the icing underneath. Then I also use the spoon to work it to the sides and down. Any specific q's... just ask me!! icon_wink.gif

hwnhulahands Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:43am
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Thanks for all the tips. I have some cupcakes in the freezer so that later when I have ideas for cupcakes I can just take them out and decorate them for my website. This is a really cool thread. Thanks

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 2:52am
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Yes I did find it ! hehe ! Yep must be those blonde highlights I just got put in ! Yes I understand bounce off a spoon ! I know thats hard to believe ! That wedding cake is awesome ! And that 1 heart cake has over 3,ooo views wow!!! Thanks again !

Melvira Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 4:02am
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My pleasure!! I'm just glad that folks like it. icon_redface.gif

CarolAnn Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:00am
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Yah, I think we need a cupcake forum! I've killed a lot of time lately checking out the many cupcake sites. I'm more enthused about cupcakes each time I start reading about them. I might try the peanut butter recipe posted here. I forgot who posted it but thanks! Sounds wonderful with whipped ganache.

Melvira, I'll be straining my ganache from now on. I made some yesterday and didn't realize the chocolate chips weren't all melted until I started icing my cake. But it was for us and it's all gone now anyway. If if it were for a customer I wouldn't have been happy with it.

CarolAnn Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:10am
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Penny727, I feel for you. I'm working on taking off a little weight too and having a tough time. If I'm baking for others it's no problem staying away from the sweets. But when I'm trying out recipes it's harder. I find it's extremely helpful to take cakes to my former work place so they aren't here at home to tempt me. I think I'm going to start taking them to other places where my friends work, and ask everyone who tries some to do a quick written critique in the form of a questionaire. Even men can do that!

I'm trying to build up my list of flavorings for cakes and icings. This is the best way I know how. I also might check out what churches in my area have a coffee hour on Sunday's and take some cakes to them. I don't plan to do this every week but it's a good idea for when I try something new.

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