Cupcake Batter Dispenser

Baking By cmcakes Updated 26 Aug 2010 , 6:42pm by AKS

cmcakes Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 3:41am
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I love to make cupcakes, but I hate that I can't get them to be exactly the same size/height. Can you recommend a method for dispensing the batter or a commercially available batter dispenser (sometimes sold as a pancake pen)? I've seen a few advertised but don't want to waste my money.

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bemecheli Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 3:51am
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icon_smile.gif Ice cream scoop.

ALVARGA Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 3:51am
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Ice cream scoop. Works perfectly every time. Cupcakes are all the same size. I also use it for muffin batter. Hope this helps.

mbark Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 4:11am
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if you make a lot of cupcakes, I'd go for the pancake dispenser one. less mess! I bought one when I had like 200 mini cupcakes to do & you learn to release the same amount of batter into each tin.

kansaslaura Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 4:43am
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I use a #16 scoop.

zespri Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 5:44am
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there are different sizes? I saw a lot of people suggesting ice-cream scoops, so I bought one yesterday. It was $25, they're darn expensive here! (I got one with the quick release thingy on the handle)

leily Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 12:53pm
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I use a #20 scoop.

tigerhawk83 Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 5:55pm
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Williams Sonoma sells a batter dispenser. I bought one because I had a gift card from my sister for my last birthday. It worked better than I thought it would, but you do have to refill it frequently. It has 3 size settings - used the medium setting but probably would use the smaller setting next time. I've tried the ice cream scoop but I just made a mess icon_surprised.gif

cakesdivine Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:12pm
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Scoops too are messy IMHO and aren't super accurate with batter delivery. I am looking into investing into a pancake batter dispenser myself. Getting more cupcake orders here of late.

malene541 Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:19pm
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I have a pancake batter dispenser that was a freebee from buying "the magic pancake" or something like that from TV. Which BTW doesn't work at all! The batter dispenser has worked very well though. So, maybe something that isn't in the cake section of the kitchen store would work?

kansaslaura Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:29pm
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I have to disagree that a scoop is messy an inaccurate--I've used one for years and years--the same scoop as a matter of fact and have had great luck. Maybe your batter is thinner than mine??

michiparma Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:37pm
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I have used Wilton's Easy Pour Funnel with some success. The batter can't be too thick and you do have to refill a few times but it works.

indydebi Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:37pm
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I always thought using a scoop would take more time and be really messy. I filled a big decorating bag and used that like a pancake batter dispenser type of thing.

one day, I had 150 cupcakes to make and decided to try the scoop thing, since so many had recommended it here on CC.

Wow, I was amazed at how fast and easy it was! While I thought going back and forth to the bowl to fill the scoop would add time to the process, what I discovered was re-filling that messy decorating bag was what was taking up my time!

I was a quick convert! Uniform amount of batter in each cavity, faster and less messy. thumbs_up.gif

Dayti Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 6:41pm
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I also use an ice cream scoop, but my batter is pretty thick.
I did once double the liquid in a red velvet batter by mistake and that WAS messy with a scoop, so I agree that it is a pain on thin batter.

LindaF144a Posted 12 Aug 2010 , 8:14pm
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Scoop here, and I weigh it so all of them are the same. However, I have made so many and I am getting so good at eyeballing it that I think the next batch I'll just skip the weigh thing and just scoop it out.

My batter is usually thick too though, so that might make a difference.

beamom Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 6:03pm
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do anyone use a scope for min cupcakes, if so what size?

ALVARGA Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 11:33pm
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I have a small scoop for cookie dough and I use it for mini cupcakes. Perfect size.

soph917 Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 11:42pm
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For mini cupcakes I use the #30 scoop. Perfect size. It is just a tiny bit smaller than an old generic cookie scoop that I bought from Walmart years ago. And for regular cupcakes and muffins I use the #20 scoop. Perfect size and so easy.

kansaslaura Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 12:08am
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I've used a #16 for years. How full does a #20 get your cupcake? Does it rise to the top of the paper?

soph917 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 12:18am
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The cupcakes do rise to the top of the paper with the #20. I have used a larger scoop and the cupcakes flow over a bit. Which is perfectly fine, of course, they are just larger. But using the #20 they rise up to the perfect size (in my opinion) and I am able to get a few more cupcakes out of the bowl.

kansaslaura Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 12:26am
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I'll have to experiment next time I bake some, I'm all about getting more out of the bowl!!

metria Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 12:49am
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i use a pancake batter dispenser (was < $10 on amazon). it's only good if your batter is runny, as is for regular box cake mixes.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000U6AXDI/?tag=cakecentral-20
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linedancer Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 1:27am
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I'm with soph917, I use a #20 scooper, and also think they are the perfect size.

I was doing a test the other day to see how much icing I was using for a swirl. So I weighed each cupcake before I iced it. All but one weighed 1 1/4 oz. The off one weighed 1 3/8. So, using a scooper does give you consistent results.

jessielou Posted 20 Aug 2010 , 2:39pm
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Im a scooper icon_wink.gif I have the Pampered Chef cookie scoops. 3 different sizes. They work great!

AKS Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 11:28pm
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I bought this at HomeGoods for $5.99 and (for box mixes- thinner batter) it does the trick for me:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00395I6JU/?tag=cakecentral-20

In case the link gets lost it's the Tovolo cupcake pen.

quietude Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 12:20am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AKS

I bought this at HomeGoods for $5.99 and (for box mixes- thinner batter) it does the trick for me:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00395I6JU/?tag=cakecentral-20

In case the link gets lost it's the Tovolo cupcake pen.




Hey AKS, thanks for that link. How many cupcakes do you get from one fill-up?

lyndim Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 12:42am
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Great tips! icon_lol.gif Thanks everyone!

frankdiabetes Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 12:42am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by quietude

Quote:
Originally Posted by AKS

I bought this at HomeGoods for $5.99 and (for box mixes- thinner batter) it does the trick for me:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00395I6JU/?tag=cakecentral-20

In case the link gets lost it's the Tovolo cupcake pen.



Hey AKS, thanks for that link. How many cupcakes do you get from one fill-up?




Yes, I too would like to know this. I often make cupcakes from the epicurious recipe for chocolate stout cake, and the batter is very thin and such a mess with the scoop. This looks like exactly what I'm looking for.

iluvpeeks Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 6:33am
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It says on Amazon that it has a 3 cup capacity. I'm sold.

1234me Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 3:53pm
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I love the scoop too!

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