Published at Saturday, 25 August 2018. Cupcakes. By Jerri Preston.
Use the right flour. For most cupcakes, all-purpose flour will do, but you can also use pastry or cake flour to make your cupcakes light and tender. Whole wheat flour is heavy and grainy and will give you a healthier, but less than desirable cupcake.
Cupcakes are now common in grocery store, pre-made and pre-iced. The baking aisle is filled with a large variety of cupcake papers, beginning with paper thin and progressing to a firm, rounded edge made of cardboard. So popular is the cupcake small artisan bakeries, creating nothing but cupcakes, have begun to spring up across the country. Selling for an average of $30 to $35 a dozen, they are dear, but if you want cupcakes that are head-turning, sometimes paying someone to decorate them in a unique or unusual way is the best way to go. A more recent trend, gaining in popularity, is cupcake towers in lieu of a more traditional wedding cake.
Use the exact amounts of the ingredients. Many a would-be chef has botched the execution of a perfectly good recipe by using bad measuring techniques. (Actually, for many people who can't bake, this is their real problem. They don't take the time to measure accurately.) Follow the recipe and measure your ingredients correctly. It's important for the ingredients to come out in proper proportion to one another based on the recipe. Also, don't forget: When a recipe calls for eggs, it usually means large eggs unless otherwise specified.
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