Hi all, I'm new to he forums and this is my first post
I have an idea that I want to put into action, and was hoping for a little advice.
Firstly my idea:
I'm going to be making approximately 30 square cupcakes that are about 5cm square, and they will be fruit cakes (like miniature Christmas fruit cakes). They will all be decorated individually, and then placed on a cupcake tiered stand. It's going to be a little Christmas gift for my husbands work colleagues.
Now, what is the best way to bake the cakes first of all? Would it be better to buy the 5cm squared tins, or should I make 1 30cm squared fruit cake and cut it appropriately? Some of the 5cm tins I've seen are in excess of £100 for 36 so I'm wondering if the 30cm option will work for obvious reasons.
Also where can I get paper cases that are shallow and square?
I'll try and make this into a little Christmas cupcake diary if I can, with pictures (I'm also a photographer ) and ... well a diary
Thanks in advance for any replies! xx
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I made square cupcakes using a square cupcake pan but I used round cupcake liners. Mine came out square, just push them in and pour in your batter.
You could also make a sheet cake and cut to size. Then you could maybe use brownie liners. HTH
This is the photo of my cupcakes
if you already have the bigger tin, id just do it that way. unless you have the money, and think youd use the individual ones enough to make it worth it?
no advice on the paper cases, but id think that the round ones, i big enough on the bottom, would do the job. but probably there are square ones on the net somewhere!
I bought the Silverwood Mini Square pan that makes 16 mini cakes at one time - or there is the 32 mini pan.
The reason i use this to make mini fruit cakes is that way i am not cutting through any fruit, plus i know all my cakes will be the exact same size - which for presentation is better - especially if you are selling.
If you are going to be cutting through a large fruit cake - make sure you cut your fruit and nuts very small to start with otherwise you will find it difficult to get sraight sides.
Yes, the pans are expensice - but well worth it.
They cost more due to shipping and handling - but again well worth it.
In my photo gallery there is a photo of mini square Green and White decorated Fruit cakes (for a wedding).
They were made using the Silverwood mini square pan.
Hope this helps.
I would suggest, instead of using paper cases, As i have made mini xmas cakes too, im not sure were your from, im from the UK, i baked mine seperatly in small round tins which helped, But i wrapped the sides of mine with a decorative wrap that kept the cake from drying out but still looked very pretty. You can do the same with squares, i suggest this because ive never seen square cupcake liners before . And also, if you want to do square, i would make one larger cake, and then cut out the indivdual portions, in the long run its going to save you alot of extra work than doing several mini ones (Trust me, ive done this, and its a pain in the behind lol )
Thanks for the replies people
Tatorchip~ Thanks for taking the time to upload a pic of your sweet little cakes firstly! The tip for brownie liners, I'll have to look that up but it sounds great.
Brincess_b ~ Thanks also I imagine they are out there somewhere online, I'll have to make a concerted effort at some point to find some I guess
Bluehue~ It was the Silverwood ones I was looking at I think. They the ones that all fit onto one baking sheet?
I'm not too worried about cutting through the fruit as I will be dressing each cake like a normal full sized Christmas cake. SO they wont actually see the fruit until they bite into it.
I will probably get some of the Silverwood tins at some stage, but at the moment the purse strings will snap if I buy any more stuff
Cath ~ Long shot I know, but you wouldn't happen to be seeing someone called Chris would you? I'm in the UK too. I think I'll be going for the large cake cut down, it seems the best option for me at the moment.
I found these square liners, http://www.cupcakeswirl.com/item_112/Brown-or-WhiteGold-Square-Cups.htm
perhaps they would work?? I just googled square cupcake liner and got lots of options!
Best of luck!
Ah ha! Thank you very much I think I was going wrong by calling them cases and not liners
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I have not advice for you, I've only made fruit cake twice but I look forward to seeing your pics and diary