What else can I use instead of candy melts to coat the bottom of the cupcake tin.??? The candy melts cost a fortune here.....
I have seen them covered in fondant on the bottom. There is a giant cupcake cake recipe on the cupcake pebbles cereal box, and they used pretzel sticks all along the bottom. You could used Piroutte Cookies or candy straws as well. Hope that helps!
You could use almond bark in white and you could color it with candy color or just leave it white. Cheaper than candy melts.
I don't understand what you mean danni, are you saying you want to use the giant cupcake tin, and have to line it with chocolate first? Why do you have to line it with chocolate?
btw, I live in NZ, and we have supermarkets here which sell to dairy's etc. I bought a massive bag of choc buttons for the same price as three little supermarket bags.
These are two that use candy coating "liners" for their giant cupcakes. Scrumptiousbuns had a tutorial posted by somebody on YouTube, and I couldn't find either the link to it OR the actual demo on YouTube (sorry!) But the technique is outlined in the first blog link.
Thanks for those links, very useful. I still don't understand why you'd do it though? It's not like you could cook the cake and put it inside the liner, it wouldn't fit.
No, you have to trim the cake to get it to fit into the candy liner. I think they do it for a cleaner look. I know when I started making the giant cupcake cakes my bases were seriously lacking!! I like the candy base look myself.
when you say 'seriously lacking', do you mean it's hard to get sharp edges with your icing?
Well that too, (my buttercream work pretty much sucks!) but I really like the cleaner lines of the candy liner and even fondant. When I did just buttercream, I didn't like the way it looked at all -- very unprofessional. I want a neat look to my cakes if I can get it (people translate that to "perfect" or "flawless" when it's actually just "neat.") You can work with the buttercream but overall I never did like the end result.
For my next giant cupcake I am going to do a pink candy liner..... I'm going to melt white choc buttons and add pink powder dye...
do you guys all use the tin for the top, or carve your own? I am starting to think that tin is too small, people are saying it feeds between 12 and 20 people.
I bake cakes in both the top and bottom cavity of the Wilton large cupcake pan. Before I do that I make the candy shell for the bottom. I've had it feed 18 people comfortably with some leftovers.