Ayanami Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 5:04pm
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It's a bit long, just want to apologize up front! icon_redface.gif

Okay, so the only reason I don't like making cupcakes is because I hate filling all of those stupid little holes. I would much rather just pour the whole bowl full of batter into one big cake pan.

That being said though, I do enjoy decorating cupcakes. So here's my question to all of you wonderful cupcakers who know what your doing (as opposed to me icon_razz.gif )

Is there a quick, easy, cleaner way to fill cupcake pans/liners without dripping batter all over? Do you guys have some secret magical technique that I don't know about?

I bought a large squeeze bottle (think retro ketchup/mustard bottles) & poured my batter into it, then squeezed into my cupacke liners. worked well enough except that I had to refill after every 6 cupcakes & it was a real pain to get the last of the batter out at the end, so I came up 2 cupcakes short.

Any better ideas or tried & true methods for getting your batter into the pan/liners?

TIA

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indydebi Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 5:13pm
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I don't have one yet, but plan to get one, but those thingies that they use to put pancake batter on a griddle is a good tool.

I used to fill a big decorating bag and use that. I read on here about using a scoop (big cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop) and I just didnt' see how that would be faster and easier ... going back and forth between the batter-bowl and the cupcake pan.

Boy was I wrong!!

I decided to give it a shot when I was making 150 cupcakes for one of my fraternity caterings. Figured since I was making that many, let's just SEE how this great idea works. icon_confused.gif

Humble pie is not my favorite dish, but I ate the whole pie ... a la mode! .... that day! Fast, clean, and easy.

I thought the back-n-forth activity would be the time-waster and what I discovered is that refilling that stupid decorator bag was the time waster.

When making mini-cupcakes, I still use the decorating bag ... I just pinch the end closed when I move from one cavity to the next.

Ayanami Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 5:30pm
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oh, Indydebi, how do I luv thee? icon_lol.gif You always come thru for me!

I thought about a large (20"?) decorator bag after I was all finished last night, but thought it would be best to just ask the pro's before investing more $$. icon_rolleyes.gif

A pancake batter dispenser is a great idea! I have one that I never use (don't like pancakes) but I never thought to use it for this! Yeah!

I believe you when you say the ice cream scoop is quick & easy, but oneof my cupcake love/hate issues is the dripping mess issue. I think this would still have the same batter covered drippy utensil mess as anything else. icon_confused.gif ?

indydebi Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 5:48pm
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You'd think so, wouldn't ya? icon_biggrin.gif No, seriously, just scrape the bottom of the scoop on the side of the bowl before carrying it to the cupcake pan .... I found it to be (surprisingly) less messy than the decorating bag!

Ayanami Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 6:08pm
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so what style of ice cream scoop do you use? or does it really matter? I already have 2 of the more common (modern) style scoops with no levers or gadgets or anything.

I am totally gonna try the pancake thingy too! thumbs_up.gif
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indydebi Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 6:14pm
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The one on the right.

The one in the bottom center hurts my thumbs, although my teenage helpers like it ok.

Kiddiekakes Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 6:44pm
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I use a tall plastic measuring cup which has a spout I bought from Pampered Chef.I fill it up...pour about 6 cupcakes and refill.I then wipe away the excess batter that may have spilled on the edges on the cupcake pan.

zoomzone Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 7:07pm
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I use the ones on the bottom center, but wipe each scoop with my spatula.

Ayanami Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 7:17pm
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Pampered chef ... sigh ... princess.gif Oopps! icon_redface.gif Sorry, daydreaming! icon_lol.gif

Not to knitpick you all to death, but is your beloved PC cup like any of these?
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Ayanami Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 7:41pm

Okay, how about a cookie press? My SIL suggested that just now & I have one, but what do you guys think?

I'm sorry to keep bombarding you with this, but I really want to do cupcakes, I just can't get past the whole batter/pan filling stage! icon_cry.gif

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red0027 Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 7:48pm

I use the ice scream scoop in the top right that Indydebi uses. LOVE it!!! Don't know if I even want to try anything else. And it doesn't hurt my hands or thumbs from the repeat motions. They can be found at Cash N Carry, Smart N Final, Online, etc.

Kiddiekakes Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 8:06pm

No..It wasn't any of the ones pictured.It was an older model now discontinued.It has blue writing and is a tall 2 cup plastic pouring cup with a handle.I just love it!! I actually hunted another one down on Ebay because I think I accidently threw my other one away..Grrrr..Anyway I found one and bought it instantly!! I guard it with my life...I use it daily for everything in the kitchen!!

zoomzone Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 8:24pm

keep at it! try the ice cream scoops again and wipe with a spatula. it doesn't take much effort to get it right. take your time. you will get the hang of it!

zoomzone Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 8:26pm

keep at it! try the ice cream scoops again and wipe with a spatula. it doesn't take much effort to get it right. take your time. you will get the hang of it!

devorie Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 8:53pm

I also use the ice cream scoop. It is easy, fast, and (relatively) clean. I use the one on the top right of the picture & it works great! Another bonus to using the ice cream scoops is that all your cupcakes are a uniform size!

Momof4luvscakes Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:08pm

I use the same plastic pourer as Kiddie Kakes. I love it!! Wish I would have bought more of them.

Momof4luvscakes Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:09pm

I use the same plastic pourer as Kiddie Kakes. I love it!! Wish I would have bought more of them.

Momof4luvscakes Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:10pm

I use the same plastic pourer as Kiddie Kakes. I love it!! Wish I would have bought more of them.

alanaj Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:18pm

I use the ice cream scoop too. It's the top right as well. The size I have is a perfect 1 scoop per cupcake and I scrape the bottom along the mixing bowl on its way out to minimize the mess. Best $ I've spent yet because I do a minimum of 12 dozen per week!

alanaj Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:19pm

I use the ice cream scoop too. It's the top right as well. The size I have is a perfect 1 scoop per cupcake and I scrape the bottom along the mixing bowl on its way out to minimize the mess. Best $ I've spent yet because I do a minimum of 12 dozen per week!

alanaj Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:20pm

I use the ice cream scoop too. It's the top right as well. The size I have is a perfect 1 scoop per cupcake and I scrape the bottom along the mixing bowl on its way out to minimize the mess. Best $ I've spent yet because I do a minimum of 12 dozen per week!

sugarwishes Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:29pm

I go the cheap route. I pour all my batter into a ziplock bag, cut the corner and its the fastest, cleanest, easiest and cheapest way I found. I've tried the ice cream scoop, the pastry bag, tge squeeze bottle but those are all way too time consuming and can be messy.

sugarwishes Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 9:29pm

I go the cheap route. I pour all my batter into a ziplock bag, cut the corner and its the fastest, cleanest, easiest and cheapest way I found. I've tried the ice cream scoop, the pastry bag, tge squeeze bottle but those are all way too time consuming and can be messy.

Vivalawvegas Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 4:12am

I feel your pain. I was a messy cupcake baker before I tried the ice cream scoop (similar to the top right one you posted) and now I LOVE doing cupcakes. I just scrape the bottom along the edge of the bowl and no drips. I use a size 16 and it fills the pans perfectly. One scoop per hole and I'm good to go!

Ayanami Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 4:53pm

You guys are so cool! I love CC! icon_lol.gif

I played around again this weekend & (without going out & spending any $$ yet) found something that I think I really like for cupcakes.

It's a pamper chef ... siiigghhh .... icon_rolleyes.gif .... sorry, what was I saying?! icon_confused.gif

Oh yeah! It's a PC measuring scoop, but I know I've seen them in a vairety of sizes (& colors!) at wal-mart. I like how it's only round on the front, this makes it easy for me so scrape off alot of excess batter. & the little inside flap pushes the batter right out of the scoop for me, so I don't have to wait on gravity to pull the batter out! Yeah!

Not that I have anything against gravity, but it just seems so unreliable. It pulls down what you don't want down, yet it doesn't pull what you do want! icon_twisted.gif What can I say though, it was discovered by a man! icon_razz.gif

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I go the cheap route. I pour all my batter into a ziplock bag, cut the corner and its the fastest, cleanest, easiest and cheapest way I found. I've tried the ice cream scoop, the pastry bag, tge squeeze bottle but those are all way too time consuming and can be messy.




My DH suggested this as well, but I really want something I can wash & reuse instead of a throw away product. Great minds think alike right?! (my dh is a mad genius btw) icon_wink.gif

Ayanami Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 4:56pm

here's a pic of the scoop I used.
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Ayanami Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 4:59pm

New question!

How much batter do you suppose each cup cake liner should be filled with?

I know that the cake directions recommend 2/3 full or something like that, but I am such a bad judge visually. I am more of a #'s kinda girl.

The scoop that I used this weekend is a 2 Tbsp scoop.

devorie Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 5:45pm

I get one cupcake per scoop without squeezing the bottom to get the excess out. But being as I don't know what size my scoop is, I am really of very little help to you. Sorry.

snowflake12 Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 9:12pm

Another one here who uses the ice cream scoop (top right again). I LOVE that thing. I use the large one from PC. (actually I have all three that PC offers). The Large one for cupcakes, the medium for cookie dough, and the small for cake balls.

Ayanami Posted 16 Feb 2009 , 9:20pm

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Another one here who uses the ice cream scoop (top right again). I LOVE that thing. I use the large one from PC. (actually I have all three that PC offers). The Large one for cupcakes, the medium for cookie dough, and the small for cake balls.





Oh, gee, schucks! guess I'll just have to order me some PC ice cream scoops won't I?! icon_lol.gif

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