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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cupcakes in a Cone!


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                       Sounds like a fun idea. . .


what a great idea. . .
creative. . .

ingenious!


seriously, no more wrappers to wonder what to do with, especially for the kiddos.

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They sound simple enough, the tutorials I found on line made them sound easy enough
Line the top of a standard muffin pan with foil. . . I recommend a heavy duty foil for added support, but the light weight should work.


using a basic knife stab the foil in the center of each muffin hole


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then with your finger make the hole slightly smaller than the bottom of the ice-cream cone


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carefully place the cone inside the hole you just created and they will stand up nicely for baking and decorating. . .


easy. . . always a bonus in my book!

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My first experience was. . . well,


lets just call it one of those epic FAIL moments Sad smile 



As they were baking they melted the side of the cone and overflowed. . . we ended up using these anyway, but. . .

well, they were, 


for lack of a better description. . .


UGLY                     



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but the crowning FAIL was when I tried to “cheat” and make it easy by using ReddiWip for the topping. . . 

I was being lazy and didn’t want to take the time to make a batch of buttercream icing. . . 


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Even with the melted cone overflow,


complete with sprinkles they turned out pretty okay. . .

for about. . .


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10 minutes. . . 



just as I was finishing the last cupcakes with sprinkles, the topping. . .


Well. . .


. . . My grandmother used to tell me. . . “haste makes waste”

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. . .the Rediwip began to melt

It’s sort of frustrating when the wisdom of grandma is correct . . . AGAIN. . .
let it be known, that I miss my grandmother, Very Much!

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every 10 minutes it became more problematic!


This stuff was turning everything to an absolutely gooey mess . . .


Ugh, my brilliant time saving effort was a total and complete disaster!


I kept asking myself:  why, oh why, didn’t I listen to grandma’s wisdom. . .


well, because I didn’t know this stuff turned to disaster. . . in a
   
                                   VERY SHORT TIME


. . . that’s why        

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In the end (after approx 30 minutes) this is what we ended up with. . . 


a horrible unusable mess!


I definitely didn’t have time to redo these as regular cupcakes as the party these were intended was beginning in less than 30 minutes. . .

so in the last moments as we were leaving I removed as much of this mess as I could and replaced it with buttercream.  We arrived with not so great looking cupcakes only about 5 min late.


but now, for those of you who choose to take the easy way out have been forewarned and if you choose to try the path of “Rediwip” not such a bright idea. . . the results lay entirely on your shoulders


These little critters looked so dreadful. . . (but they still tasted super yummy) . . . . that I just sort of snuck them in and placed them on the table and came in another door never “claiming” the disastrous handiwork. . .


Not one of my better projects for sure.



ahh, I feel better now that I have given sufficient warning about using “REAL” whipped cream as a tasty fun topping on your cupcakes!


. . . Did I mention that using “Rediwip” is a BAD, a VERY BAD plan?


cuz it is!  . . .  Just trust me on this one . . . 

Just use a simple good quality homemade buttercream icing. . . no regrets, I promise Smile


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I have no idea what is in this "Rediwip" stuff, it say’s “real whipped cream”  but it is NOT like the stuff I whip up when I make “Real Whipped Cream”!

Let it be noted: 
I will only use the “Real” whipped cream from this point forth!










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the second time I attempted these, I tried a couple of different things 
and I would recommend both.

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use a small muffin liner and cut the bottom out like this

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. . . you will end up with a circle like this


Be careful not to stretch them out too much, if they are too big they don’t work as well.

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the other piece of advice that I would offer is

DO NOT FILL the cups past the little ridges in the cone.

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after you fill the cone with batter, place the liner in the cone to protect the cone from “melting” during the baking process.

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If you stretch the pleats in your liners too much they don’t go around and “join” at the ends as well and they are more difficult to remove in the end.

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. . . these were slightly overfilled which is what caused my problem.
While there is still a small amount of overflow on a couple of these, but it is MUCH better than without the liners

(note picture below).

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Moral of the story. . . DO NOT
over fill your cups!  Meaning, don’t fill the cups past the ridges in the top, even with the liners. 





Without liners this is the guaranteed results.     
 

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When you remove the shields after baking, you will decapitate the cupcakes . . . 


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I used an éclair tip (Wilton tip# 230) to fill the centers with a super yummy raspberry icing and simply reattached the tops back on. . . it worked fabulously and gave the cones a tasty surprise inside. . .



you could use any flavor icing filling that suits your fancy. . . 


they key is. . . Yummy!



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Without the liners you are guaranteed to have this happen which is not appealing at all!
The cones literally melt in the baking process!


I did find that the Keebler cones did better than the Western Family or Generic brands did, but they still had a tendency to melt and leak cupcake batter out, overflowing down the sides.

they are still edible, just not “pretty”. . . 

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but now that I have the process figured out,
these little guys are cute and adorable as they should be . . .


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                                                           . . . like these


I wouldn’t hesitate to make these again, overall they were pretty simple, they are different and fun, and the kids LOVED them!

Ideally in the end this is what you will have to serve the kiddos at your party

The report from the ballerina was that these were a hit, 
they were the first ones off of the table. . .


. . . Always a happy day when a project turns out great!



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