Published at Tuesday, September 11th 2018. by Ginger Woodward in Cupcakes.
Watch your baking time and temperature. Use a good, reliable oven thermometer and check that the oven is at the correct temperature before you bake your cupcakes. Also, set your timer to a few minutes less than the recommended baking time Once the timer goes off, check the cupcakes to see if they are ready or actually need the rest of the baking time. This will help you avoid overcooked cupcakes. Test by inserting a toothpick into the center of one of the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack.
It is also recommended to use shiny pans when baking your cupcakes. Nonstick pans are better however you can also use cupcake pans that come in different shapes such as hearts and stars.
If you're going to decorate your cupcakes, make sure they have cooled completely. Warm cupcakes can melt your decorations or icing and give them an amateur look. The sky is the limit when decorating your cupcakes. Multi-colored sprinkles or dressage give a festive look without taking much time. Use your imagination and let your creative juices flow when decorating. You may surprise yourself.
And, there's so much you can do with cupcakes. As with cakes, you can add fillings, sculpt into fun designs and stack them.
What's in a name? Well, for cupcakes, a lot! Cupcakes date back to the 19th Century where they were commonly known as "number cakes." These bite-sized cakes were accounted for according to the number of cups required for the necessary ingredients. Another theory for the origin of the cupcake name is the vessel in which the cakes were baked. Ramekins, tin or small clay cups were said to have contained the essential ingredients for cupcakes upon their initiation. Oddly enough, bakers today still choose to bake these fun treats in the same containers.
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