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Aug 23, 2011 - Baking Supplies    Comments Off

Make Your Cupcakes Look Good With Cupcake Boxes

The past few years have seen a huge rise in the demand for homemade cupcakes and cookies. Not only have many different businesses sprung up to cater to the demand, many folks have started making cupcakes from home to either sell in their own bakeries or to their friends for a few dollars on the side. If you’re just getting started in the game, chances are you’re looking to make the best first impression possible when you deliver the cupcakes to your first customers or your friends to try out.

I’ve done my best to compile as many tips as I could for presenting your cupcakes in things like cupcake boxes and plates. If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments section below and I’ll try to edit the article to include any of the best tips!

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Cupcake Boxes

First of all, you’re probably going to want to put your finished cupcakes into boxes so that they’re presentable to people when you hand them over. Boxes come in either single boxes that you’d use to sell individual cupcakes, or they come in half dozen and dozen sizes so that you can sell them in bulk without having to individually package each one.

Darice Cupcake Box:

The first type of box is a simple white box that holds a single cupcake. The box measures 3.5” all around, so you’ve got room for a pretty decent sized cake inside. These types of boxes are popular with bakery owners as they’re able to bake custom cupcakes without having to really worry about size limits when it comes time to put them in a box. There’s a clear window on the top of the box so that part of the decorations can be seen.

Wilton Valentine Cupcake Box:

A quirky option that you may be interested in is one that allows you to put your cupcakes into customized Valentine’s day boxes. The boxes come in pink and red options, making them perfect to give as a gift to your special someone on the big day.

Note: Instead of going in-depth with all of the different types of boxes you can purchase, I’d like to mention that the Wilton company that was referenced above should be your go to source for most of your cupcake box needs. They make a wide variety of different and quality styles that are perfect for everyone from beginner to expert. They’re mostly available on Amazon and can be ordered in bulk quantities if you’re in need of a few dozen boxes.

Cupcake Stands

Another great presentation option that can work for things like birthday parties or the front of your newly opened cake shop is a cupcake stand. Designed similar to a wedding cake in multiple layers, cupcake stands allow for different types and sizes to be placed on different levels of a plastic stand so that many different designs are showcased around one central point.

Wilton 4 Tier Stand:

As said earlier, Wilton should be your go to brand of choice when you’re shopping around for cupcake related products. Their 4 tier plastic stand is big enough to hold about 3 dozen medium sized cupcakes and is extremely easy to assemble. If you’re using it for a birthday party, it can be set up and dismantled again in just a matter of a few minutes, making it a great option for putting all of the cupcakes out before the party starts so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to get cake available to your guests.

Cupcake Store Stands

While the stand above may be good for small time birthday parties, it’s going to take some real muscle to handle all of your presentation needs if you’re opening up a cupcake store of your own.

cupcake store stands Make Your Cupcakes Look Good With Cupcake BoxesStands that are used in food preparation stores are a bit too expensive to sell on Amazon, so we can’t exactly give you a convenient reference link, but we can tell you what to look for. Depending on your state’s health and safety regulations, your cupcakes may not be allowed to be on display on a plastic stand on a table like the one listed above. Instead, many times your food has to be handled by employees that wear gloves and kept behind a glass case so that customers can not only view the cupcakes, but the sweets are kept away from the germs of people touching and prodding the items for themselves.

Costs

I don’t personally have any direct experience with opening a cupcake shop of my own, but from quite a bit of research I’ve been able to find out some of the basic costs associated with owning a shop and how to determine whether it’s right for you.

On average, between down payments on a property and start up costs to get things like ovens and decorations into your shop, you’re looking at about $50,000 in initial costs to get the ball rolling. After that, there’s about $8-10,000 a month in operating expenses for things like employees and utilities. Depending on how much you charge ($2.50 per cupcake), you’ll need to sell about 150 cupcakes a day to break even on your investment. That ain’t a joke!

Aug 9, 2011 - Baking Supplies    Comments Off

Cupcake Toppers: A Fun Way To Spice Up Any Event

Everyone knows how fun and enjoyable cupcakes can be. But with an added touch of cupcake toppers, you can turn any set of cupcakes into a themed set for a birthday party or other specialized event. Cupcake toppers come in many different themes, such as superheroes or cartoon characters. Whatever the event, you or your children are sure to love the addition of cupcake toppers to their favorite flavored cupcakes.

Cupcake Topper Themes

Depending on the event, different types of toppers may be relevant. If you’re having a birthday for a child, you may want to consider using something like his or her favorite Disney character or movie as the general theme for the cupcake set. If it’s an adult birthday, you can get cupcake toppers of the age they’re turning or jokes to make light of the occasion.

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Cookbook Queen Ideas

If you’ve ever frequented the blog, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, chances are you’ve seen a few of her homemade cupcake creations. If you haven’t had a chance to see her blog yet, we definitely recommend checking it out. While her quirky designs are often homemade, you can achieve the same effect with some store bought creations that will take a lot of the time out of having to make custom toppers for your event and can give you more time to focus on making the actual cupcakes themselves.

Popular Sets

It only takes a quick browsing on Amazon to find some of the best and most highly rated cupcake toppers around. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below to not only give you ideas for your next party, but also aid you in your quest to throw the best birthday party your child has ever seen! (Well, maybe not the best, but we hope it’s fun anyway!)

Star Wars:

If you’re anything like us, chances are you’ve taken your miniature swords out of mixed drinks at bars before and pretend fought with them. These Star Wars themed cupcake toppers come in the shape of light sabers and are an extremely quirky way to get things going at your next Star Wars themed party. While they may not give you anything resembling the Force, you’ll at least feel pretty cool eating Star Wars themed cupcakes with all of your friends.

Wedding/Engagement:


One of the cutest cupcake toppers we found which can also double as a cake topper is this particular “Promise” cake topper. It’s definitely great for any sort of romantic get together that you’re having with your significant other or at a wedding to top off the cake. It comes in a very simple design, which is what makes it so fantastic. Unlike other toppers that try to go overboard with designs, this particular cupcake topper is perfect for almost any romantic occasion. You can also get some colored food pens to add different writing to the cupcakes to make the ornament unique every time you use it.

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Different Types of Cupcakes

If you’ve watched TV at all in the past few months you’ve probably seen the new set of shows centered around cupcake competitions. While we’re not suggesting you try anything as elaborate as the creations that are found on those shows, there are a few resources you can utilize online to help make your cupcakes more fun and decorative.

CupcakeBlog: Simply named CupcakeBlog, this particular blog is full of simple, yet interesting, cupcake ideas. You won’t have to head to the store for super-specific ingredients every time you want to bake a new set of cupcakes, which makes it one of our favorite places to check out when we’re low on ideas.

CupcakeProject: Another very popular cupcake blog is called CupcakeProject. Daily postings to the blog will help all areas of your
baking and you’re sure to find some fun and interesting ways to spice up your kitchen life.

Hello, Cupcake: Our last suggestion for where to get some cool cupcake ideas is from a very popular book called “Hello, Cupcake.” It features all sorts of cupcakes, from beginner to advanced level baking techniques that can help anyone get started in the world of cupcake baking. It’s a small investment, but well worth it if you’re unsure of all of the different ways you can incorporate different ingredients into your baking.

Aug 9, 2011 - Baking Supplies    Comments Off

How To Buy The Right Silicone Bakeware Online and Why

If you’re the type that likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, chances are you’ve come across the overly expensive bakeware sets sold in most retail stores. While they’re advertised as “top quality” to try and sell more units, in actuality most of the time the same quality products can be found online for much less.

Manufacturers often over produce the amount of products they need and sell them to wholesalers and third party distributors if they have any extra supply. If you’re not keen on buying the latest and greatest bakeware as it comes out (we don’t know anyone that is), you can save some coin by buying your bakeware online instead of in stores like Williams-Sonoma.

Silicone Bakeware How To Buy The Right Silicone Bakeware Online and Why

Your Options

Depending on your baking needs, as in serious baker or just something to get you by for the few times you bake during the year, there are different sets that you can consider.

Beginner Baker:

For those that don’t yet own any bakeware sets in their home, this starter set is a great way to get your baking career going. It comes with everything you need to bake all of the essentials such as cupcakes and cookies, as well as a bread pan to make your very own homemade bread. What makes this set so great is how easy it is to lean. If this is your first silicone bakeware set, you’ll notice that it’s not only easy to throw in the dishwasher, it’s also extremely easy to handwash if your dishwasher is full. You can easily expand the set with other blue colored silicone baking pans, or you can mix it up a bit and buy other colors as well.

10 Piece Set:

10 Piece Set How To Buy The Right Silicone Bakeware Online and WhyFor the more serious baker of the family, a 10 piece set may be more appropriate. This particular 10 piece set has more than you’ll probably ever need as a budding baker. Complete with two 10” cake pans, a baking sheet, bread pan, a spatula, a square cake pan, and a muffin tray, you’ll be set for months as you bake to your heart’s content with all of the options you have to choose from. Just as stated below, all of the silicone pans in this set are completely dishwasher safe, meaning you can bake your delicious cookies and serve them to your hungry kids and throw the pan in the dishwasher without worrying about it melting or warping while it gets run through the wash. Best of all in this set is the lifetime warranty you get to ensure that if anything ever goes wrong with your set, you can get it replaced and taken care of in no time at all.

The Benefits of Silicone

Bakeware is made from many different materials, but by far the most popular and easy to use is silicone. Silicone has become more popular in recent years for a number of reasons. Not only is it heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for use in high heat ovens or for faster baking, it’s also able to be frozen safely without any nasty chemicals seeping into the food while in the freezer.

Convenience: From a convenience standpoint, silicone is always nonstick and makes it easy to get your food out of the pan. In addition to being non-stick, silicone distributes heat evenly throughout the food within it, giving an all around even cooking temperature so you don’t have to worry about the bottom burning or the top rising too quickly Everything cooks at just the right temperature all the way through until it’s done.

Clean: Silicone is easy to clean and can be thrown in the dishwasher without worry of it melting or falling apart. Most silicone pans are also odor free, making them the perfect candidate to bake smelly things with as they won’t retain any of the odor of the food you’ve baked in them.

Silicone Baking Sets

A quick side note that’s probably important to make is that if you purchase a silicone baking set, you’ll probably get a spatula in the set as well. Spatulas that come with wooden handles are not dishwasher safe. Although the silicone portion of the spatula can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, hot water left on wood for long periods of time can cause it to crack and warp, ultimately destroying your spatula. And chances are, the warranty you get with your set won’t cover damage to the spatula because you ran it through the dishwasher.

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Baking Ideas

If you’re new to the world of baking or are just looking to get more value out of your new silicone baking set, this particular book is a great way to get ideas and get your baking career started right. There are plenty of ideas with everything from cookies to breads to keep your sweet tooth satisfied.

An unmentioned benefit to the book is that it’s ring bound, making it easy to flip to a page you want to read the recipe for and have it stay on the page without closing or flipping pages. Plus, the durable rings will take a beating as you move it around the kitchen as you bake.