Sunday 18 April 2021
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A Cupcake Haven

Walking into a bakery is amongst one of the best feelings any individual who has a great love for freshly baked goodies could have. The aromas of different flavours such as vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and lemon, among many others are just enticing.

Cupcakes are basicaly muffins that went to private school, as many would put it because of their well-designed creative toppings. Over the years they have become many party favourites for baby showers, weddings, kiddies’ birthday parties’ and social events.

One of the perks of baking when it comes to cupcakes is that they are convenient to make and the risk of them coming out flat is at an all-time low. This is unlike normal cakes that take ages to bake.

Gone are the years where people make a fuss about having big cakes that have to be cut into pieces just so everyone could get a slice because now we have cupcakes that have changed the whole “baked goodies” game.

However in order to achieve the soft crumble of freshly baked cake in your mouth, one has to follow precise methods of baking because we would not want a hard rock cupcake.

Cupcake baking recipes come in various forms as different bakers, be it in factories or in the comforts of their own homes prefer to experiment with a series of ingredients.

And lucky for you as a reader we present you with basic methods which one needs whilst attempting to bake these magnificent cakes that can fit in the palm of your hand.

It is of vital importance to make sure you make use of good quality ingredients because it makes a huge difference. Bakers advise that making use of flavours such as pure vanilla extracts and cocoa powder enhances the depth of the taste.

Make sure that other ingredients such as eggs and milk are brought to room temperature of about 20 degrees celsius. Ingredients kept at room temperature are much easier to mix as they won’t form lumps that at times can be found in poorly prepared cupcakes.

Baking Guru Rose Beranbaum, author of The Cake Bible encourages bakers to bring their butter to a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (about 21 degrees Celsius) before mixing the flour mix.

This is very important because cold and hard butter take longer to break which will result in an overmix of the batter.

Speaking of not over mixing the batter, note that the art of baking is one that requires extensive concentration.

Mixing times are equally imperative because this determines how much of gluten in the flour is developed.

Over mixing crushes air bubbles that are needed during the baking process of a cupcake. And any batter that does not have these air bubbles is more likely to create hallow cracks on the surface of the cupcake.

However note that under mixing causes just as much damage as over mixing does, because then the lack of not having enough gluten in the batter prevents the cupcake from setting correctly.

Before placing the batter into the cupcake baking tray make sure to place cupcake baking liners to prevent the batter from sticking onto the tray.

Make use of a scoop to measure the amount of batter you will put into each liner. This not only ensures that each cupcake is of the same size, but that they will all bake at the same time without some being left raw.

Do not forget to pre-heat the oven before placing the tray with the batter into the oven.

Pre-heating the oven prevents messing up the baking process and the outcome of the cupcake will surely be of high quality, as desired.

Placing the tray in the center of the oven is vital as this ensures an adequate flow of air which helps even out heat distribution.

Baking is an exciting process but fight the urge to open the oven because once the oven is opened and the batter has not set correctly then this will cause the cupcakes to become de-nse and the cupcakes may become sunken.

Once the cupcakes have baked and are ready to be removed from the oven, leave them out to cool for a few minutes and then remove them from the tray. The paper liners will make the removal process easy as there is no batter stuck in the tray.

Once the cakes have completely cooled experiment with different frosting ideas and add desired toppings, they are ready to serve and if any are left store them in an airtight container so the cupcakes retain their moisture.

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