Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cupcake Secrets

I'm fighting through a frosting hangover to bring you a post this morning. Isn't that dedication? I really must love you. A lot. But what would kitchen week be without so much as mentioning The Cupcake? It would be boring, that's what.

Last night, B and I went to a cupcake class. It was one of my Christmas presents from him; and it was so much fun. Of course, when you combine my favorite food and my favorite person, it's an equation for a pretty good night. Even after nearly 8 years of marriage, I learned something new about my husband: he's surprisingly dextrous with a pastry bag.

I didn't even try to take photos of ours (blame the frosting hangover) so I just jacked this nice one from Martha Stewart. But you can be certain that ours look equally as lovely. Probably better. But I did learn a few great tips last night. (Anyone else feeling a tutorial coming on?) I'll get to that after I recover from my binge last night.

My list of must-have baking gadgets just increased. To make all your cupcakes evenly sized, grab yourself a #12 scoop. Brilliant, I tell you. Scoop out the same size each time, and use the little button to plop it neatly into the cupcake tin. Just like an ice cream scoop. Or one of those scoops the lunch lady used to serve up your carrot and pea medley in grade school. Tasty.

A gigantic pastry tip makes decorating cupcakes a cinch; and a bowl scraper keeps the frosting down in the pastry bag, instead of blobbing out all over the top and your hands. So if you're up for some fun, grab yourself some of these items and we'll meet back here for a little cupcake party next week. :)

{image via Martha Stewart}


Heather I. said...

Awww, what an awesome Christmas gift! Where was the class?? Cupcakes are one of my favorites, too :)

Kotori said...

I'm all in for a cupcake tutorial - can't wait!

Emily said...

great tips, I happen to be making cup cakes for a two year birthday party tomorrow.... Thank you. Love, Em

Cherry Blossoms said...

What a great gift! I am jealous. Where was your class offered at? I see Sur la table offers them but they are pricey.

christina said...

The class was at TeaCake Bakeshop in Lafayette. There's only six students per class, so it's pretty hands-on. And well worth the money for a fun date night. :)

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Omg, you have the perfect husband. I was with you until you got to the bowl scraper part, so I guess I'll need the tutorial. I am in the midst of a choc bon bon hangover, so hoping you wait till next week :)

xo Mary Jo

p.s. Hudson is so adorable!