Making the Perfect Cupcake
Tips from a pro on how to make the most delicious cupcakes ever
Filling Up the Pan
When filling the pan, make sure not to fill it up more than two-thirds of the way because the batter will expand and overflow if filled to the rim. Weber says that it roughly comes out to a quarter-cup for most standard pans.
Ideal Baking Temperature?
The most common temperature is 350 degrees, but Weber says that will depend on the recipe. She does recommend, however, investing in an oven thermometer to check the accuracy of the oven’s temperature (in case it says 350 but is really at 300). You can find ones for around $10 and they will help to improve your baking.
If You Do Make Buttercream Frosting, Read This…
Weber recommends adding the powdered sugar one spoonful at a time and to start tasting it after adding three-quarters of the recipe's amount. While she admits that this may seem painfully slow, it ensures that the sugar incorporates into the frosting without being grainy or too sweet.
While buttercream might be the go-to cupcake frosting because it’s easy to whip together, Weber believes that most people don’t actually like buttercream — they just endure it because it’s the “black Model T Ford of cupcake frostings.” In her recipes, she offers a vanilla cream that’s easy to make and has a touch of sour cream, which helps give it a lighter taste. And, by adding a tablespoon of instant vanilla pudding, the texture has the stabilizing power to stay in its “coiffed shape.”
If they’re too hot when you decorate them, they might break apart or the frosting may melt.
Visual Presentation Is a Big Part of Cupcakes
Presentation is a big part of the package for Weber, and it’s common for home cooks to forget that aspect of enjoying desserts. But with the new accessories and techniques available, she says that it’s easy for at-home bakers to make each cupcake an artistic masterpiece. Just a little effort could make the enjoyment of the recipe greater for guests.
A filled cupcake is always a delightful treat. During the summer, Weber likes to fill a fresh raspberry with the frosting, then insert it into the divot in the center of the cupcake.
Best Way to Store Cupcakes?
“In your stomach.”
For more recipes from Weber, check out the treats below.
Twinkie Little Treats (pictured at left)
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