can someone tell me how to bake your cupcakes with straight side walls like these ones?
They're not made in cupcake pans, they're made in these:
Alternatively, you could bake a larger cake and, using a tin can with both ends cut out (a niblets corn can might be just the right size), cut them out. If you're going to try it for a lark I'd go with the cut outs rather than buy a pan you might not use again. By most accounts they're a PITA to decorate. If you wanted to try doing them as layers you could bake a jelly roll sheet, do the cut outs and stack and fill them. HTH
Those are adorable! I've made these type items (buttercream, though, not fondant). I have a twelve-cup straight-sided pan. But hardly use it anymore. If you need quantity, bake sheet cakes and use a round cookie cutter. It helps to refrigerate or freeze before cutting.
...and then you could use your offcuts to make cake balls/cake pops No wastage and no overcooked edges either!
I was interested in buying the mini cake pan set until I saw the price!!! $65.00 @ GSA for the 3" 12 mini cake set! I can not afford that just to experiment. I have some 2" & 3" round cakes pans I will play with instead. Baking a larger cake and cutting out circles with a cutter is a great idea also. Never even thought of that one!! I always make cakeballs out of the leftover cake...no waste here!!
Thanks for the replies guys. Those are great ideas! Especially making cake balls with the leftovers. I haven't tried that either so it's a great excuse.
I'm attending a decorating class at the moment and the teacher told us we could save up fruit tins/ tuna tins, line them and bake the cakes in them. I need to collect a few but in the meantime cutting the cake out sounds like a plan.