Portioning in Baking

I have had a lot of people ask me how my cupcakes come out all alike. Simple, portioning.

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

I utilize ice cream scoops, Scoopers like above to provide even portions in each cupcake, mini cupcake, cookie, that I do. Unfortunately, the above scooper, my favorite one, broke. Pampered Chef sells this one, as well as 2 larger sizes. This one above is great for the mini cupcakes, mini cheesecake, mini cookies. Apparently, I am too  rough with my kitchen stuff.

But if you are wondering if these work, yes they do!

If you are interested in a product like this my very good friend Stephani is a representative for Pampered Chef:

http://www.pamperedchef.biz/stephanijones

 

Thank you! Check out my next blog post, Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis

 

 

 

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Murphy’s Law and Spongebob Cake

I am almost done. I should be saying Phew!, wiping my brow and whistling to myself.  It hasn’t been the most easiest of cakes. Honestly it’s the most difficult cake I have tried with fondant over the entire cake. The heat also isn’t helping. It has been relatively cool here in South Carolina, but today was on the warm and humid side.  Hard to work with butter-cream and fondant when it is really warm.

Don’t get me started on the pineapple.  Murphy’s law which is when if something can go wrong, will go wrong (no matter how much you try to control the situation) intervened with my putting cake together fun day. My pineapple which had 5 pieces of cake piled on top of each other, shrank to 3. My bottom layer fell apart, stuck to everything including the fondant I was handling, almost ruining the fondant and the pineapple. I managed to finagle the fondant over the 3 good pieces and came up with a very… well, less grand of a pineapple. Let’s just say this would be Spongebob’s first house. Or if you have watched the show (apparently pineapples come out of a can) we got the mini can.  I have to say I managed a patchwork job on the fondant on the cake, it wasn’t giving for what I was trying to take. Stretching fondant is a pain, which Is why I need a pasta machine.  (add to my laundry list of things I need to add to my kitchen inventory)

I managed to get most of the kinks worked out, still need to put Spongebob together, and paint his face, Paint the outside of the pineapple, add Happy Birthday and hope that everything stays good overnight. Tomorrow is her party, supposedly a thunderstorm is going to be occurring, again Murphy’s Law. *AUDIBLE SIGH*  And to top it off my husband went hunting leaving me with my daughter.  No meltdowns though (not talking about my daughter) Keep thinking to myself tomorrow will be a better day. *Crosses Fingers*

 

Cake  How does it look?