Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Re-Invent Cupcakes!

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One of the fun things about having a blog, is getting to review some pretty cool kitchen items!

Today I've got a great one for you, that will elevate your baking to a new level!

Meet the new

Baker's Advantage Fillable Cup Cake Cone Pan

This Bakers Advantage Fillable Cupcake Cone Pan is a fun and unique way to add a surprise to your cupcake and muffin creations. The unique 2 piece design allows you to fill the inside of each individual cup with a variety of surprises including frosting, pudding, candies, chocolate chips, and more-  it's like getting two desserts in one! 

Baker's Advantage Fillable Cup Cakes

The best part is that there are no fancy baking skills required, 
because the bake ware does all the hard work for you.

filling Baker's Advantage Fillable Cup Cake Cone Pan

 Just either use cake-release or your favorite oil/butter spray on the inside of the pans, and then on the tops as well. Then pour in your favorite boxed or homemade cake mix, filling to the halfway mark. I found that you really need to be just UNDER the halfway mark, otherwise, you will get an overage, as you will see below. 

Baker's Advantage Fillable Cup Cake Cone Pan latches

Then you put the top onto the pan, matching up the latches and placing them into the side holes. Easy peasy! Then you put it in the oven and bake for about 17 minutes. It's as easy as making regular cup cakes, but a whole lot more fun!  When the pan is done cooking, allow it to cool about 10 minutes, off the stove, and then flip the pan over, and allow to cool a bit longer Then simply tap the top and then pull the top off. Let cake cool another 10 minutes, and then pull the cups off of the bottom and you get these beauties:

PB Chocolate filled cupcakes stage 1

You can see how WELL the pan works! But you can also see my 'overages'! But those are easily fixed by cutting off the extra. It will get covered with frosting, so no worries there! I did get 14 cupcakes from 1 box of traditional cake mix. I might have been able to get 15, if I had not overfilled slightly on 4. 

We decided to make a peanut butter filling, for a classic taste. I used a variation of a recipe from this book of hidden surprise cakes.

PB Chocolate filled cupcakes stage 2

Yes, the filling was not quite set up and when the pan got jostled there were a few spills, that were easily wiped up. By putting the cupcakes in the freezer the creme set up some and was stable enough for the cupcakes to be frosted,

PB Chocolate filled cupcakes frosting n sprinkles

Once the homemade frosting was done, it was time to pull them out and frost and decorate them!

PB Chocolate filled cupcakes stage 3

I would definitely recommend using a larger tip for getting more frosting/coverage as well. This was the large round star on my universal cookie/frosting plunger set and it worked really well.

 Aren't those sprinkles the most amazing color of blue? 
Imagine a whole glass jar of them! A local cupcake bakery was sending profits to the families of the Baton Rouge officers, so we stopped in for some treats of our own, and I had to buy some of the sprinkles (I really wanted to take the whole jar with the sprinkles, but alas, that wasn't allowed...Sigh).

You will need a sturdy cupcake or other pan for handling these cupcakes though, as standard cupcake liners don't work with them-they're too short and wide. I have a large top cupcake carrier, so mine stayed put in it, but I was unable to stack them, as I took the frosting a tad too high! So that is something to consider, if you will be having to transport these beauties!

PB Chocolate filled cupcakes

As you can tell, Miss Grace had fun with the sprinkles and candies too!
If you hadn't guessed, these were going to work. It has been a really rough couple of weeks for our squad, so they needed a little pick me up treat! 

They went over really well, with everyone surprised at the inside filling. Even though the creme didn't set up as much as I would have liked, everyone LOVED the combination flavor and liked the creaminess with the rich chocolate cake, so it was ok. 

These fillable pans are made from durable, 0.6 mm gauge carbon steel, with a nonstick coating for quick release (although the instructions call for cake-release or spray), and easy cleanup. It is best to hand wash the pans with warm water and a mild detergent, then rinse and dry immediately. Because the pans are made to stack together, that means they take less room in storage in your cupboard as well.

I have to admit I was pretty impressed with their usage and cleanup. These are fun desserts to make and give to friends and family! Their only downfall is only making 8 at a time, and having to wait on cooling time in between, to start more. And honestly, the fill cups might be a bit too big for smaller candies. I would stick with fillings, either cremes or fruit based. I am also going to see how well they do with cornbread, as I think I can use either Mom's tamale pie filling, or the traditional crawfish bread filling, for some savory appetizers! I'll keep you posted on that!


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