How to Make Square Cupcakes

How to Make Square Cupcakes

Ever wonder how to make square cupcakes and where do you purchase square cupcake liners? I did. Over and over again, the internet yielded no answers to my inquiries.

For all my effort, it was a waste of time.

Since you buzzed the hive, life has gotten easier. It’s a simple answer to a perplexing question. And as a result, ya gotta love me!

To give the design ‘pizzazz’, square cupcakes can be glazed (above photo), icing dripped or decorated with squares of chocolate (below is Lindt White Coconut) or add fondant toppers.

The elegance of square cupcakes beats the drum with style & grace.

Lest don’t forget, all the Minecraft or Sponge Bob parties that need squares to compliment the celebration theme. By the way, It’s hip to be square.

There is one more thing I need to mention: cupcake liners with foil inside the paper are easier to shape into squares.

In conclusion to the blog post, here’s a quick YouTube video.

How to Make Square Cupcakes YouTube

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How to Make Pokémon Cupcakes

How to Make Pokémon Cupcakes


Oh me. Oh my. It’s a blissful sugar high when you bite into these round (yep, I said round) Pokémon Cupcakes. Encased in a crunchy candy shell, this pokéball is layered and filled with a dark chocolate cake surrounded with a buttercream icing.

It’s a ‘cram ya face’ guarantee to be a Pokémon GO! for your next Pokémon Party and with this tutorial I’ll show you how simple it is to make these pokéballs.

Yours truly has a Pokémon obsessed grandson with a group of buddies who are fixated around the status of evolving the thousands of little creatures that pop-up on the phone to be caught and eventually hatch to grow into more powerful beasts.

And It’s difficult to impress Pokémon enthusiasts but with these Pokémon Cupcakes, I am proud to proclaim that I’ve evolved my Pokémon status to….Mega GlamMa.

And here’s where to find the supplies for the Pokémon Cupcakes: Silicone Mold, Cookie Cutters, Plunger Cutters & the RV hand grater.

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The Small Batch Chocolate Cupcake recipe is perfect for these Pokémon Cupcakes and buttercream topped cupcakes too. This recipe was created by me for smaller parties & celebrations.

And when using King Arthur’s Measure-for-Measure flour the cupcakes are equally as decadent to make Gluten-Free. I love to make a batch of gluten-free for the guests who are so gracious to celebrate the occasion, yet the majority of the time can’t enjoy party sweets.

The recommended cocoa for the recipe is King Arthur’s Black Cocoa. I’m in love! It makes the BEST chocolate desserts that require cocoa…EVER! You’ll be in love, too.

I’m also in love with Lauren Kitchen’s Buttercream recipe and if there is any icing (we lick the bowl for proof checkout Instagram) that’s leftover…freeze. Just use Google. Trust me, cakers abound are on the LK Buttercream train.

For an excellent resource on modeling chocolate and candy clay swing by Kara’s Couture Cakes.

Mosey on over to the tutorial, DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand, on how to display these Pokéballs for your party.

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Print Recipe
Pokémon Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Yum
Gluten or Gluten-free, this rich, dark chocolate batter for these small batch of cupcakes makes life a little bit sweeter. To make these cupcakes Gluten-Free, use King Arthur's Measure for Measure flour. (No other gluten-free flour has been tested.) If using the recommended flour the only slight difference will be with the doming of the cupcakes. ~Recipe by: BB Bakes Sugar Art
Pokemon Cupcakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16-19 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16-19 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Pokemon Cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350º. Place wrappers into a cupcake pan.
  2. Combine unsalted butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable oil into a small bowl. In a small bowl, microwave 30 seconds; stir mixture until melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla, sour cream and coffee.
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake @ 350º for 16-19 minutes or until the center of the cupcakes are firm to touch. Do not overbake.

DIY: Pokémon Cupcake Toppers

DIY: Pokémon Cupcake Toppers


“Poké Balls evolve GlamMa!” informed my two-thumb phone scrolling five year old grandson. The conversation became intense as he rattled on about the evolution of Poké Balls. And in an eureka moment, listening to his non-stop chattering of the game, the Pokemon Cupcake Toppers design arrived just in time.

Being labeled in his eyes as an uninformed ancient lady isn’t  featured anywhere in the repertoire of my life.  And this GlamMa had to provide proof that she’d listened and learned from the Pokémon obsessed grandson.

Sitting at the design desk to sketch, the evolving Poké Balls became a GO! And this tutorial, Pokemon Cupcake Toppers, is the result of a non-stop talking dude.

And what better way is there to evolve in life than to share a special day with like-minded Pokémon absorbed friends? Mega thanks goes out to his guests. Mason’s  Pokémon GO! 6th birthday party evolved without a Poké Ball miss.

Evolving is the sweet way of life. And this party made this GlamMa’s heart feel good. Real Pika Pika good!

Don’t forget to mosey-on over to BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes and discover a ‘time saving’ delicious recipe. ‘It’s M’m M’m Good!’

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Pokemon Cupcake Toppers – Equipment Required

The Pokemon Cupcake Toppers tutorial equipment includes: Pokémon GO! Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball. Makes 8 toppers

Step 1: Insert a 4″ bamboo skewer into the eight (8) smooth foam balls. Wrap the smooth foam ball with saran wrap or plastic wrap. Insert the stick attached to the ball into the smooth foam block; set aside.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 2: Using the fondant roller,  roll-out the white fondant. Cut-out four (4) circles with the orange circle cookie cutter. With the smallest circle plunger cutter punch-out eight (8) circles. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper tutorial

Step 3: With the fondant roller, roll-out fondant colors red, blue, purple and black. With the orange circle cookie cutter, cut-out one (1) of each color. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

Sweet tip: it’s best to cut-out all the white fondant before colored fondant.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 4. Using the fondant roller, roll-out black fondant. Cut-out eight (8) black circles with the orange cookie cutter. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

Sweet Tip: after cutting out the black fondant, be sure to clean the board and tools.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 5: Form the black fondant circles onto the smooth foam balls; set aside.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 6: Using the self-healing mat, line-up the circles with the mat’s ruler guides. Cut both circles in half with a ceramic flat-edge knife.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 7: Line and slightly overlap a white and red half-circle

Sweet TIp: if the fondant doesn’t adhere to the black fondant, dab a small amount of water on the red or white half-circle, being careful to not smear the black coloring onto the top fondant pieces.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 8: Cut-out the center hole with the largest circle plunger. With the ceramic flat-edge knife, trim the center of the halves, remove the inserts with a toothpick and smooth the edges with fingers. Trim the black fondant that is exposed underneath around the edges.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 9: Using the smallest  white fondant circle cut-out, dab water on the back of the circle and place in the center of the black circle.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 10: Repeat the  process with the other three (3) colors and white fondants. Lightly cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step 11: Instructions on how to make the Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball.

Great Ball – roll fondant into a log and insert into an sugar paste extruder. Using an oblong disc, extrude red fondant. With a paintbrush dab water on the red oblong; attach and slightly curve the sides to the black fondant; trim.

Ultra Ball – roll fondant into a log and insert into an extruder. Using an oblong disc, extrude yellow fondant. With a paintbrush dab water on the yellow oblong; attach and curve the sides; place one strip across the top and smooth the lines with fingers; trim.

Poke Ball Cupcake Topper

Master Ball – with a fondant roller, roll-out hot pink fondant and use the green circle cutter. Cut in half with a ceramic flat-edge knife.

Poke Balls Cupcake TopperStep (b): With a paintbrush, add a dab of water; attach the half-circle to the purple fondant and trim the back edges. Poke Balls Cupcake Topper

Step (c): Roll-out a thin piece of gum paste; cut small squares and allow to dry for 5-minutes. Lightly dust the FMM Upper Case Tappit Cutter with cornstarch; turn-over and tap-out the excess. Place the tappit face down and in a circular motion, embed the gum paste. Smooth the edges of the letter with fingers.

Take a quilting pin and loosen the edges of the letter, carefully removing it from the tappit. Trim the letter points off to make the letter ‘M’ appear to be the correct font.

With a paintbrush, dab a tiny bit of water onto the back of the ‘M’; attach to the purple fondant; arrange and straighten the letter with the quilting pin.

Poke Ball Cupcake Topper

Final Step: Cover the toppers lightly with plastic wrap; allow the Pokemon Cupcake Toppers to dry and form into a ball shape for the cupcakes.

Sweet tip: the toppers can be made ahead of time.

Poke Ball Cupcake Topper tutorial

 

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel

Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel


BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling create a mouth watering burst of flavor.  Chocolate and caramel combined together is simply delicious. And these flavor-filled chocolate cupcakes stay spongy in a sealed container in the fridge.

With this recipe, even cupcakes topped with buttercream icing will be simple to prepare 2-days before the event or party. When ready to serve: take the sealed container out of the fridge, place the container on the kitchen counter, and allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature without opening the lid. Don’t peek.

In secrecy, I’ve tested this cupcake theory by serving friends or guests 3-days after the party and it’s never failed to get a ‘thumbs-up’ response. And I’ve decided to share my secret ingredient BB’s Decadant Chocolate Cupcakes recipe tip! Stay tuned!

If you are making  BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling in advance, a filling must be stable. Fruits, jams or puddings can cause the filling in the cupcakes to become runny and make the cupcakes soggy.  If you want to fill the cupcake with fruit, jam or pudding then decorate the day of the party or event.  If changing from caramel to another filling, make sure the filling will solidify during the refrigeration stage.

Substitute recommendation: chocolate ganache.

Note: Cupcakes must be cool to fill. Allow the cupcakes to sit on the counter, at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap for 4-hours before filling.

BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling

 This caramel recipe is easy to do and so economical. When planning an event or party, the last thing that needs to happen is spending time over the stovetop, stirring and melting ingredients with a temperature gauge and worrying if the caramel is going to be the correct consistency. And the cost creeps up with pre-made caramel sauces that won’t make a dent in the taste – only your wallet. With Kraft, you can never go wrong. Who can resisit sneaking a Kraft creamy’ Caramel? 

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb caramels
  • 8 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Chocolate Caramel SauceDirections:

  • Combine heavy whipping cream and caramels in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Melt caramels in the microwave @ 50% power for 1-minute.
  • Stir caramels to distribute the heat.
  • Continue melting the caramels @ 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring each time,  until the caramels are melted and has a smooth consistency.

This recipe fills approximately 30 regular-size cupcakes. Leftover caramel sauce can be reused. Place in an airtight container and store in your pantry or refridgerator.

Caramel Sauce 3

Now it’s time to core and fill the cupcakes. The Wilton 2308 Treat Corer does a superb job in gauging the hole for the correct amount of filling. When using the corer, don’t punch through to the bottom of the cupcake. Leave a small space to assure that the filling is encased within the cupcake.

Decadent Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

Core two or three cupcakes at a time and use a spoon to fill with this delectable caramel sauce. The caramel sauce will stay creamy for spooning, approximately 30 – 45 minutes. Coring all the cupcakes at one time will dry out the center and you want to keep BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Filling spongy and delicious!

Caramel Sauce

Remove the cake that’s in the corer and plug-up the hole. Note: you may need to have an extra cupcake available for this task. It’s that old theory about when you dig a hole, where does the dirt go, sort of thing.

Decadent Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

I couldn’t wait to taste! Who can resist chocolate and caramel?  After filling 30 BB’s Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with this delicious caramel sauce and adding a spoonful more, it was chow down time! And it’s M’m! M’m! Good!

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

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Print Recipe
BB's Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes Yum
BB's Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes are spongy & delicious! Perfect to bake ahead of time & decorate for parties or events. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Servings
30
Ingredients
Servings
30
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In the mixing bowl put water, vanilla bean paste, melted butter and sour cream. With the paddle attachment, mix on low-speed until combined.
  2. With the mixer on low-speed, add eggs one at a time, until combined.
  3. Combine cake mix, sugar, cake flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the ingredients to the mixer on low-speed until combined.
  4. Mix with the paddle attachment on low-speed for 2-minutes or until most of the lumps are worked out. It is not necessary to work out all the lumps. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour into cupcake baking cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean or the cupcake is firm to touch. Do not overbake.
  6. Cool for 10-minutes in the pan, sitting on a wire rack. Take the cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool for 4-hours; lightly covered in plastic wrap.
  7. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. When ready to decorate, allow the cupcakes to sit on the kitchen counter in the container, until the container is room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Use a basic chocolate cake mix. Avoid 'Moist' or 'Super Moist' titles on cake mixes as they tend to make dry, not spongy cupcakes.

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