Springtime is all about showers. Rain showers, baby showers, bridal showers. You name it. Everyone is gettin hitched and havin babies in the spring. And I love it. Even the rain. Everything just feels so new and exciting with fresh starts and new beginnings. Not to mention all of the celebrating. I live for celebrating!
My mom threw a bridal shower AND a baby shower on Saturday (like only a true crazy person would do). I made these Strawberry Limeade Cupcakes as my very small contribution to this hectic day of rejoicing. Cakes have always been my strong suit so I figured: cupcakes are just mini cakes right? Not so. Cupcakes have their own set of challenges to master. I have yet to do so. But I am learn something new every time I take a stab at it. So I thought I would share a few of the things I have learned (the hard way).
- Don’t fill the cupcake tin too full- This was my big mistake this time around. You want a nice flat surface to work with when frosting the cupcake. If you fill the tin too full you will have the cupcake rising way over the edge which will look sloppy and messy (trust me, I know). How full, exactly, to fill the tin will depend a little bit on which recipe you’re doing. A safe place to start would be 2/3 full. If it’s your first time trying a recipe and you’re making it for a special occasion you may want to try a test cupcake before throwing in 24 at the same time (like I did).
- You’re piping tip matters- You can’t make a pretty swirl with any old piping tip. I went through six or seven piping tips trying to find the perfect tip for a big fatty swirl. I ended up not using any tip at all! I got frustrated trying to find a large enough tip and figured out that it worked best to just take the tip off and just use the coupler at the end of the bag. So easy!
- The tin muffin liners aren’t necessarily the best choice- Aluminum cupcake liners are fairly stiff and hold their shape well. As a result they will sit in a stiff “V” around the cupcake instead of hugging the edges. This may be exactly the look you’re going for but if you’re looking for the liner to stick to the side of the cupcake- go with the paper ones.
So there you have it. Valuable life lessons from Nicole. I actually got this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks. You can buy it here. It is the best cupcake cook around. I swear to you. All of her cupcakes start with a cake mix and she turns them into pure magic. I swear, I’m not selling this, I just really really love it. I highly recommend the purchase. There’s even an ebook version yay!
Now that I’ve told you all about my cupcake failures I want to know some of yours. Because I could really use a good laugh.
Also- here’s a few badly lit pictures of one of the showers
see the cute little straws we put in the cupcakes? **heart eyes!**