My intentions of this blog are to of course showcase my talents but also to encourage others to bake! I want to show people that you do not have to attend a culinary arts school (if you do, that is obviously great!) to be successful in the baking business. You do not need super expensive equipment or a large oven to get wonderful and professional looking results. I have been in this business for a few years and I have learned so much without taking one class! And I want to share with you what I have learned.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Baking Essentials Part 1: Cupcake Liners!

Sorry for the wait. This post should have gone up days ago but for some reason it has taken me a while to get it together. But none the less, I am posting now :) I have decided to start off the series discussing cupcake liners (the little cup things that you bake cupcakes This definitely a must purchase for baking a cupcake! I love cupcakes because they add some much variety and uniqueness to a cupcake without me even touching the cupcake, as far as designing goes.
So I'm going to start off really simple and discuss the basics. Cupcake liners, sometimes called baking cups, come in 3 different sizes; mini, regular and jumbo. Mini and regular sizes are the easiest to locate. They can be found at your local grocery store, craft stores (A.C. Moore & Michaels are my favs.), Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Party City and so on. The jumbo liners are not so easy to come by and if you do find them, they are usually only white, not as pretty as other cupcake liners.

Jumbo Size
Mini Size
Regular Size

As I stated above cupcake liners come in sooooo many colors and designs it's insane! What you don't find in stores you can easily find online. I have made purchases both ways using many different sites. My favorite in-store spot to shop for cupcake liners is Michaels and A.C. Moore sometimes too. The liners usually come anywhere between 35 and 50 baking cups in a pack, you might find a package of 75 or 100 if you're lucky! They usually run about $1.99 a package but you can often catch them on sale. I have attached a few pictures of the cupcake liner designs that I have in my cabinet at the moment, just to show the variety that I have. I absolutely love animal print so i had to make sure that I had those. I have a ton of polka dot colored liners in many different colors as you can see. I have liners for many different holidays, I see now that I am missing a few. The next time a holiday comes around I'll run to the store and grab some. I have a picture of some Tinkerbell & Hannah Montana liners at the bottom. There are tons of character liners but I usually do not buy them unless someone requests certain character cupcakes so I do not have a bunch of liners that I may not use. That's one important thing about buying cupcake liners. Purchase neutral colors and designs so you can use the liners until they run out. Do not purchase some off the wall design that you may only use once. You want to get your money's worth!

So there you have it, Part 1: Cupcake Liners! A pretty simple and common sense topic but I had to include it because it is an essential of baking! I hope that people do take something away from this.

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