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post #46 of 11576
I try to fill my cupcakes as equal as I can and sometimes I've had my cupcakes shrink in size and I don't understand that. Has anyone ever had that happen??

What does everyone use to fill their cupcakes with??
post #47 of 11576
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Originally Posted by jadak

What a great topic! Who doesn't want to talk about cupcakes?????!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

I have a question about filling...has anyone ever filled a cupcake with mousse (maybe thinned a little)? Ds's b-day is tomorrow and I'm making cupcakes (vanilla) and wanted to fill at least half of them with chocolate mousse. TIA



last weekend my wedding cupcakes were filled with lemon curd mousse from epicurious and chocolate hazelnut mousse (basically whipped cream and nutella...mmmm)

I poked them three times each with that bismark tip and I think there was a sifficient amount of filling in each.

ETA: That would be "sufficient"....I think...
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post #48 of 11576
I had the same problem with cupcakes shrinking or caving in. I read somewhere that overbeating the batter will cause it to become elasten. (Same concept as with bread dough. If you overbeat, the gluten overdevelops and you get elastic dough.) So, instead of beating the batter until all the lumps are out, I beat it until small grains of batter exist. They dissolve on their own during the baking process. Now that I don't beat the batter until smoothe, I get perfectly risen cupcakes and cakes everytime. When I bake the WASC batter, I always make sure to place a small Pyrex dish with a little water on the side of the tins or under on the lowest rack. THe moisture helps to keep the cake from drying out.

For fillings, I use a variety of things. I have sometimes thinned out Sugarshack's icing recipe to a flowing consistency. I use the bismark tip and shove it all the way down into the cupcake. I use just enough pressure to fill it and allow the bag to shove it's way back up. (I rarely bake the small cupcake sizes, I always go for the larger size.)

I also use lemon curd from a jar to fill with. The pre-fab filling sleeves work well in a pinch as well.
post #49 of 11576
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Originally Posted by SugarBakerz

awesome thread, what is bettercreame Melvira? And how is the baby doing?



Fantabulous!! Thank you for asking!! He is VERY active and thinks my organs are kickboxing targets! icon_wink.gif

Bettercreme is a whipped icing... a lot of people purchase it from Sam's club in a pail that is already whipped, but I prefer to buy it at a restaurant supply store in liquid form. Honestly, I know it sounds silly, but it tastes SO much better that way, and it's easier to add colors and flavors (like the chocolate). You whip it just like whipping cream. I also like the liquid version because I find the stuff in the pail always seems overwhipped to me. Just my opinion. I used to make that cupcake filling that I posted in the recipe section here, but since I found the liquid Bettercreme I haven't bothered! The Bettercreme is so much easier, and you can add any flavoring to it! One of my favorites is coconut cupcakes with coconut flavoring in the filling, then fill and ice with it. I just use a large star tip, stick it in there and squeeze until it poops out the top, then make a swirl on top! (Attached pic is the malted cupcakes that have almost started riots at DH's office!)

Oh man, I wasn't planning on doing any baking today... but now... phooey. Someone get out the eggs and oil!! icon_wink.gif
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post #50 of 11576
yummymummy's recipe can be found here

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-579229.html

i've used lemon, orange and almond flavorings on it. I'm gonna try and see if i could make it chocolate. if i could then it's gonna be the only recipe i'll ever need. it hasn't failed me yet. icon_biggrin.gif

thanks again yummymummy!
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post #51 of 11576
Ohhh Melvira those look yummy! I love the Bettercreme with fresh strawberries!
post #52 of 11576
Hey I want it on this one too!!! thumbs_up.gif

OK my problem is the batter pulls away from the liner when baking! What is up with that!! It is hard to decorate a pretty cupcake when the liner is hanging off.

(at least that is the excuse I am using until you guys fix that problem then I am moving on to another excuse why mine aren't beautiful icon_rolleyes.gif LOL)
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post #53 of 11576
Thank-you cupcakeshop! This will be my next project after I get rid of the "flat-tops" I made yesterday!

Linda
post #54 of 11576
Problem could be with the cupcake liners you are using icon_smile.gif Mine used to pull away from the liner all the time until i changed to a better liner.. some of the really cheap liners always pull away from the cupcakes.. at least that's been my experience icon_smile.gif

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Hey I want it on this one too!!! thumbs_up.gif

OK my problem is the batter pulls away from the liner when baking! What is up with that!! It is hard to decorate a pretty cupcake when the liner is hanging off.

(at least that is the excuse I am using until you guys fix that problem then I am moving on to another excuse why mine aren't beautiful icon_rolleyes.gif LOL)
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post #55 of 11576
Oh a cupcake thread, it should be a forum topic. I like those fancy papers but they are too expensive.

I've been experimenting with doing my own as sleeves.

I want to order one of those fancy ones and then do a sleeve in a pretty color and use some of my scrapbooking cutters to cut the edging.

They may not be laser cuts or pretty, but they do for me and mine.

lol

OMG I live for those flat tops! lol
post #56 of 11576
thanks! I've been looking for "the perfect" cupcake recipe. I'll have to try some of these!
post #57 of 11576
I do love cupcakes. icon_biggrin.gif I too wasn't planning any baking today, but those PB cupcakes... well my oven is now preheating. icon_lol.gif

Question: Does any one know if the nutcups ( http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E315459-475A-BAC0-584733D0E13452B6&fid=3E3309D9-475A-BAC0-5FE96604BF075748 ) come in different colors? I really like the look of cupcakes baked in these.

After a trip home to visit my parents I heard about this place, http://www.cakefetish.com/index.htm; I didn't get the chance to go there, yet, but I was intrigued by their menu, and the cupcake with an oreo inside, so I tried it. So good! Made some (box) Chocolate Butter cupcakes, put a little batter, the oreo then more batter. I overfilled by a lot, had lava flows down the side, but what remained was really good. The oreo softened just a little bit, kinda like al dente. icon_lol.gif

I also followed the link on the Cake Fetish site to the MSN article on top Cupcake shops, and found this place in Ohio http://www.mainstreetcupcakes.com/menu.htm. The favor choices are dizzying! I cannot believe how many they have! Good inspiration for flavors!

Time to mix some batter! icon_razz.gif
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post #58 of 11576
Here are some colored nutcups, but NOT cheap! http://www.theroyalstore.com/index.php?cat=2&p=5&ccat=&PHPSESSID=f541a1bd717c42e3598cac26257e4190

I'll keep my eyes open for more, or better deals!
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post #59 of 11576
no problem. yummymummy is the one we should thank. icon_smile.gif
i didn't have browned bottoms with this recipe. the cake didn't stick a lot to the paper but it doesn't pull away as well.
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post #60 of 11576
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Originally Posted by lanibird

I also followed the link on the Cake Fetish site to the MSN article on top Cupcake shops, and found this place in Ohio http://www.mainstreetcupcakes.com/menu.htm. The favor choices are dizzying! I cannot believe how many they have! Good inspiration for flavors!

Time to mix some batter! icon_razz.gif



You are sooooooo right........ I have never seen so many flavors in one shop icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif They sound marvelous.... I am drooling just reading them........ WOW icon_eek.gif
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