Cupcake baking tools and supplies
A cupcake pan has an anti-stick coating. Use also paper baking cups. The cupcakes remain fresh longer. Cupcake pans are available in various sizes and materials. Generally, you use a cupcake pan for 12 cupcakes. Cupcake pans and cupcake baking cups come in different shapes, such as hearts, stars and flowers.
A quality cupcake pan is very easy to clean. No soaking or scrubbing necessary! Just wipe clean with a wet sponge after the cupcakes come out. Never remove food residues with a sharp object. Place the cupcake pan in warm water and let it soak.
Tea towels and hygiene
Towels are the perfect kitchen companions. They are a frequently- used article for a number of purposes. Good kitchen towels are highly absorbent, soft and sturdy. They must dry well. Wash colored towels alone the first time! Other than dish drying, they can be used to cover baked goods and to drain delicate, hand-washed glassware.
The dirtiest item in homes is often the kitchen towel. Kitchen towels are common breeding grounds for bacteria. Change them regularly. Be sure to wash them in a hot-wash cycle.
Clean kitchen surfaces after every stage of preparing your cupcake recipe and wash your hands when you are preparing food. Don’t dry your hands on a tea towel, use a separate towel. Hygiene in the kitchen is very important.
One of the keys to baking quality cupcakes is starting with a properly prepped oven. Even the best tasting cupcake batter can be ruined by a dirty oven or grills.
You need to preheat the oven before beginning. If your oven takes more time to heat up than it should, just be patient with it. If the oven is still not doing its job, you need to buy a new oven.
If you’re buying a new baking oven, make sure it’s a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning one. You may need to find ovens that are very easy to clean. But you’ll still need to clean the racks and pans.
Table: Marks gas oven – Conversion degrees Celsius / degrees Fahrenheit
Gas oven marks 1-8
1. 140 °C – 284 ºF (slow)
2. 160 °C – 320 ºF (moderate)
3. 180 °C – 356 °F (moderate)
4. 200 °C – 392 °F (moderately hot)
5. 220 °C – 428 °F (hot)
6. 240 °C – 464 °F (very hot)
7. 260 °C – 500 °F (very hot)
8. 280 °C – 536 °F (very hot)
Gas oven marks 1-10
1. 140 °C – 284 °F (slow)
2. 155 °C – 311 °F (slow)
3. 170 °C – 338 °F (moderate)
4. 185 °C – 365 °F (moderately hot)
5. 200 °C – 392 °F (moderately hot)
6. 215 °C – 419 °F (moderately hot)
7. 230 °C – 446 °F (hot)
8. 245 °C – 473 °F (very hot)
9. 260 °C – 500 °F (very hot)
10. 275 °C – 527 °F (very hot)
The temperatures will vary between different types, brands and sizes of ovens. Refer always to your oven instruction book.
Oven thermometers are very useful to check the temperature of the oven. When you use a fan oven, reduce the temperature a little bit. The intense heat bakes the cupcakes faster.
The correct time is important to achieve good results. Therefore, use a kitchen timer. Digital kitchen timers are accurate and not expensive.
Paper baking cups
Baking cups are made of wax paper. Place the cupcake baking cups in the cupcake pan before filling. Fill the baking cups to 2/3. This allows the batter to rise well. The cupcakes are flat after baking. This is easier for garnishing. There are colorful paper cups for everyday use, birthdays, Easter, etc… Even if the cupcake results are less than satisfactory, the cupcakes can still look good.
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In a bowl you make the batter. The high profile of a bowl is perfect for mixing with an electric mixer.
Measurement markings inside the bowl are easy to use. Batter bowls are in plastic, stainless steel or porcelain. A good batter bowl doesn’t easily skid on the counter and the shape must containing spatters. Use small bowls for mixing small portions.
Piping bag – Spatula – Knife – Paintbrushes
The final result is influenced by the cupcake baking tools you use. If you want to make cupcakes, buy some baking tools to achieve good results. This is a good investment if you want to get into decorating cupcakes, even if you’re a beginner. The possibilities for decorating cupcakes are endless.
For applying frosting, icing, or other toppings, use knives, spatulas, sculpting and modeling tools, and a piping bag with a tip/nozzle. The sculpting and modeling tools are available in plastic, teflon, silicone and stainless steel.
There are different types and sizes of piping bags. These are made of plastic or cotton. The piping bags of cotton should be very well cleaned and dried after use.
The tips for the decorating bag are mostly made of plastic or stainless steel. There are different types and tip sets you can buy.
The nozzle always fits in the disposable piping bag because you cut off the point of the bag itself. A disposable piping bag is more hygienic.
Use paintbrushes for painting and brushing cupcakes. Use a pastry scraper to scrape the bowl.
A storage container keeps your cupcakes fresh and intact.
Preservation of cupcakes
You can keep the cupcakes out of the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight storage container. In the freezer, you can keep cupcakes 2 to 3 months.
Hand mixers – Kitchenaid
Always use a hand mixer or kitchenaid at medium speed to mix the ingredients; thus there is enough air in the batter. Use dough hooks to make batter for cupcakes.
For hand mixers, a “soft” start is really a nice feature as it keeps things from flying all over the kitchen when the beaters start up.
A kitchenaid is a work horse. It whips and stirs the batter, and it makes the best-tasting baked goods. It is very suitable for mixing light batters for cupcake and buns. A good kitchenaid is easy to use and clean.
Scales, measuring cups, measuring spoons
Very important is the correct balance of ingredients in the preparation of cupcakes. Use a digital kitchen scale and measuring cups to determine the right amounts. Use measuring spoons for smaller quantities (digital).
Conversion table: cups – tablespoons
All numbers are rounded.
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 15 ml
1 cup = 16 tablespoons = 240 ml = 24 cl = 0,24 l
½ cup = 8 tablespoons = 120 ml = 12 cl = 0,12 l
¼ cup = 4 tablespoons = 60 ml = 6 cl = 0,06 l
1 cup = 135 gram
1 1/4 cups = 169 grams
1 1/3 cups = 180 grams
1 1/2 cups = 203 grams
1 2/3 cups = 225 grams
1 3/4 cups = 236 grams
2 cups = 270 grams
3 cups = 405 grams
4 cups = 540 grams
5 cups = 675 grams
1/8 cup = 25 grams = 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup = 50 grams = 4 tablespoons
1/3 cup = 65 grams
1/2 cup = 100 grams = 8 tablespoons
2/3 cup = 135 grams
3/4 cup = 150 grams
1 cup = 200 grams = 16 tablespoons
Butter – margarine
1 tablespoon = 14 grams
2 tablespoons = 28 grams = 1 ounce (oz) (1 oz = 28,35 gram)
3 tablespoons = 42 grams
4 tablespoons = 57 grams = 1/4 cup = 1/2 stick = 2 ounces
5 tablespoons = 70 grams
6 tablespoons = 85 grams
7 tablespoons = 99 grams
8 tablespoons = 113 grams = 1/2 cup = 1 stick = 4 ounces
1/2 pound = 227 grams = 1 cup = 2 sticks = 16 tablespoons = 8 ounces (oz)
1 pound = 454 grams = 2 cups = 4 sticks = 32 tablespoons = 16 ounces (oz)
2,2 lb = 1 kg (kilogram) = 1000 grams
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