Birthday celebration cakes come in varieties like cupcakes or the traditional big cakes. A celebrant can choose to mark this special day with big traditional cakes placed at the center of the event table. Cutting the birthday cake is an old practice that allows the celebrant to cut the cake among friends and loved ones, and most of the time, it represents the hallmark of the event. What about cupcakes? In recent times, the scope of birthday celebrations is changing. Most celebrants opt for cupcakes compared to traditional big cakes. Some even prefer the combination of both cake styles. Cupcakes also come in varieties, so you are not restricted to a particular flavor. Different cupcake flavor include vanilla, chocolate or moist cupcakes.
Cake flour or all-purpose flour?
Bakers have divergent opinions regarding the type of flour that is suitable for making cupcakes. While some favor cake flour, others throw the weight behind all-purpose flour. Cake flour is low on protein and has a different texture of the cake crumb than all-purpose flour. But the simple fact some bakers may not want to admit is that there is a significant difference in the cake quality if you choose either cake flour or all-purpose flour. The vital thing you should be mindful of as far as flour choice is concerned is the baking process.
How to achieve excellent cupcake baking?
Making cupcakes can be a little bit challenging, especially if you are new to baking. However, if you plan to celebrate your upcoming events in a grand style, you can incorporate cupcakes into the menu to add dynamism to the event. To make a vanilla cupcake, you need to have the necessary ingredients available. These include butter and sugar, smoothly beaten and then mixed with dry ingredients. Other ingredients must be available based on the stipulated measurement below:
- 1 cup of salted water
- 1 ½ cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ of sour cream
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
Once the phase above has been completed, add all dry ingredients and flour in a bowl. Mix the dry ingredients for a few seconds at a low speed. Then you can add the wet ingredients to achieve a perfect blend. To add extra effect to the cupcake, you add 1/3 of a sprinkle to the batter. This procedure is as follows:
- ½ teaspoon of soda
- 11/2 of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 ½ of cup cake flour
Once the cupcake has been adequately arranged inside the oven, the temperature range should not exceed 3500 at 25 minutes. Your focus should be on the toothpick placed on the cupcakes. Once the toothpick turns clean, this is a signal that your cupcakes are ready to be extracted from the oven. As a general rule of thumb, ensure you allow the cupcake to cool down before applying frosting.
- ½ batch buttercream
- ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles
To achieve a perfect frosting, here is what you should do. Once the cupcakes have cooled down, frost all the cupcakes with a buttercream swirl and add sprinkle on them immediately to ensure it sticks to each cupcake.
Birthday Cupcakes add class to any event with birthdays included. Of course, you can always engage the service of a professional baker to help you do the baking. All you need to do is to explain your desired flavor and taste.