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A Cupcake Affair
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Table Of Contents Dedication ... 11 Acknowledgements ...23 The Secret Reasons Behind this Book ... 25 How to Use this Book ... 29 PART 1 UNFORGETTABLE CUPCAKE BASICS Chapter 1: The Unforgettable Cupcake Love Affair ... 33 The Evolution of the Cupcake ... 34 The Outlaw Cupcake ... 35 Chapter 2: Cupcake Fame, Fun and Fortune ... 37 How to Make Someone Feel Very Special with Cupcakes ... 37 How to Be More Romantic Using Cupcakes... 39 How to Use Cupcakes to Close Business Deals, Sell More Products, and Generate Customer Loyalty... 42 Checklist for Your Local Cupcake Bakery to Buy or Design the Perfect Cupcakes... 45 Cupcake Statistics... 47 Chapter 3: The Secrets behind Light, Fluffy Cupcakes ... 51 How to Ensure Light, Fluffy Cupcakes ... 52 The Closely Guarded Secret of Cupcakeaholics ... 53 Homemade Mixes ... 54 Box Mixes ... 55 How Professional Pastry Chefs Create Unforgettable Cupcakes: Their Secret Ritual ... 59 Chapter 4: The Distance Between Disappointment and Divine ... 61 Pre-Baking Rituals (before you crack a single egg) ... 63 Ratios Determine Your Results ... 64 The Perfect Oven Temperature ... 65 Selecting the Perfect Cupcake Tin ... 65 How to Ensure Easy Cupcake Removal ... 67 PART 2 THE BEST CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS Chapter 5: Introduction to Cupcake Ingredients ... 73 Chapter 6: Flours ... 75 Testing Flour You Have Stored for Freshness ... 75 Shopping for Fresh Flour ... 75 How to Store Flour to Extend Freshness ... 77 Finding Just the Right Cupcake Flour ... 78 The Heartbreak that Hides in the Flour ... 81 When to Sift the Flour ... 82 Flours Not Made for Unforgettable Cupcakes ... 82 Protein Percentages in Flour... 83 How Gluten-Free, Vegan and Healthier Cupcakes Can Taste Unforgettable (in a blissful way)... 84 Health Benefits of Non-Gluten Flours... 86 Chapter 7: The Magic of Emulsifiers in Cupcakes ... 89 Chapter 8: Leavening Your Cupcakes ... 91 Baking Soda in Cupcake Recipes... 91 Is Baking Powder Better than Baking Soda?... 92 How to Test Your Chemical Leaveners for Freshness... 93 Chapter 9: The Role of Butter, Shortenings and Oils in Creating Unforgettable Cupcakes ... 95 Fat (Butter and Oil Substitution) Chart... 98 Butter Volume & Weight Equivalents ... 101 How to Test Fats for Freshness... 102 Healthy Oil Substitutions (and Reducing Fat)... 102 Chapter 10: Sugar Does More than Sweeten Cupcakes ... 105 Sugar Substitutes ... 106 Agave as a Sweetener ... 107 Stevia as a Sweetener ... 107 Xylitol as a Sugar Substitute ... 110 Sugar Substitution Chart ... 112 Chapter 11: Eggs ... 115 How to Test Your Eggs for Freshness ... 116 How to Separate Eggs... 117 Egg Whites in Cupcake Recipes ... 118 Whole Eggs in Cupcake Recipes... 118 Egg Substitution Chart ... 119 Eggs as a Partial Sugar Substitute ... 121 Chapter 12: Cupcake Mix-Ins ... 123 Chapter 13: What Ingredients Do in Your Cupcake Recipes ... 125 By Function... 126 By Ingredient ... 127 Chapter 14: The Right Temperature for Ingredients ... 131 No Time? How to Warm Ingredients to Room Temperature ... 132 How to Warm Eggs ... 132 How to Warm Butter ... 132 How to Warm Milk or Other Liquids ... 133 PART 3 THE PERFECT BATTER Chapter 15: Preparing the Batter for Unforgettable Cupcakes ... 137 Methods of Mixing for Unforgettable Cupcakes ... 137 General Guidelines for Mixing Cupcake Batter ... 138 Chapter 16: How to Choose the Mixing Method for Cupcake Recipes ... 141 The Muffin Method ... 142 The Creaming Method ... 144 The Rubbing in Method ... 145 The Egg Foam Method ... 146 The Melted Method ... 147 Other Methods... 148 PART 4 TO LINE OR NOT TO LINE: FILLING THE WELLS Chapter 17: Introducing Cupcake Liners... 153 The Sweet ... 153 The Sour ... 154 The Solution to Cupcake Liner Problems... 155 Chapter 18: Solving Cupcake Liner Problems... 157 Cupcake Liner Separation Issue Solution ... 157 Cupcake Liner Sticking Issue Solution ... 158 Chapter 19: Filling the Cupcake Wells ... 161 PART 5 BAKING: RISE UP AND COOL DOWN WITHOUT THE COLLAPSE Chapter 20: Secrets to the Baking Phase ... 167 Cupcake Cool Down ... 169 PART 6 FROSTINGS, GLAZES AND ICINGS Chapter 21: All About Buttercreams, Whipped Cream Frostings, and Cream Frostings ... 175 Eggs in Frosting ... 175 Pairing the Cupcake with the Frosting ... 176 Buttercreams... 176 Italian Buttercream ... 177 Swiss Buttercream ... 177 French Buttercream ... 177 Simple Buttercream ... 177 Golden Buttercream ... 177 Whipped Cream Frostings... 178 Cream Frostings... 178 Egg-White Frostings... 179 Seven-Minute Frosting... 180 Boiled or Fluffy Frosting... 180 Chapter 22: Chocolate Frostings ... 181 Fudge ... 181 Chocolate Buttercream ... 181 Simple Chocolate Buttercream ... 181 White Chocolate Cream ... 181 Ganache ... 182 Traditional Ganache ... 182 Truffled Ganache ... 182 Milk Chocolate Truffle ... 182 White Truffle ... 182 Satin Ganache ... 182 Chapter 23: Glazes and Icings ... 185 Decorative Icings ... 185 Decorator's Buttercream ... 186 Fondant ... 186 Royal Icing ... 186 Specialty Frostings ... 186 Non-Fat/Low-Fat ... 186 Dulce de Leche ... 187 Agave-Based Frostings ... 187 Yogurt-Based Frostings ... 187 Fruit ... 187 Dairy-Free ... 187 Frosting and Icing Chart... 188 PART 7 ADVANCED CUPCAKING Chapter 24: Create Your Own Cupcake Recipes from Scratch ... 193 The Flour/Sugar Ratio ... 194 The Eggs/Butter Ratio ... 194 The Eggs and Liquid to Sugar Ratio ... 195 Chemical Leavening ... 195 Flavor Enhancing ... 195 Chapter 25: How to Create Filled and Stuffed Cupcakes Like a Pro ... 197 The Difference Between Filling and Stuffing ... 198 Professional Tips to Filling Cupcakes ... 198 The Basics About Fillings ... 198 Creamy Fillings ... 199 Fruit Fillings ... 199 Heavy Fillings ... 200 Chapter 26: Professional Cupcake Filling and Stuffing Methods ... 201 Insertion Method ... 201 Removal Method... 202 Layering Method ... 203 Partially-Baked Method... 205 Self-Filling Method... 205 Bonus Recipe for High End Filling ... 206 Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes ... 207 Stuffed Cupcakes ... 207 Ten Ideas for Stuffing Cupcakes... 208 PART 8 HOW TO STORE, TRANSPORT AND SHIP CUPCAKES Chapter 27: Storing and Freezing Cupcakes ... 213 Storing Cupcakes... 214 Freezing Cupcakes... 214 Individually Wrapping Cupcakes ... 215 Wrapping an Unfrosted Cupcake ... 216 Wrapping a Frosted Cupcake... 216 Cupcake Carrying Cases ... 217 Chapter 28: Homemade and Reusable Cupcake Shipping Containers ... 219 Packaging Cupcakes for a Car Ride... 220 Packing Cupcakes for Shipping ... 220 Traveling Cupcakes ... 221 Displaying Cupcakes ... 224 PART 9 MASTERING THE ART OF UNFORGETTABLE CUPCAKES Chapter 29: Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting ... 229 PART 10 RECIPES Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe ... 263 Basic Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcake Recipe ... 265 Simple Buttercream Frosting ... 269 Flavored Versions of Simple Buttercream Frosting ... 269 Chocolate Mascarpone Filling ... 270 Brown Sugar Buttercream (an Italian Buttercream) ... 271 Part 11 APPENDICES Appendix A: Recipe Conversions ... 277 Converting to U.S. from Metric ... 277 Converting to Metric from U.S... 277 Volume Measures Conversions ... 278 Volume Measurement Equivalents ... 279 Key Fahrenheit To Celsius Equivalents... 280 Adjusting Cupcake Recipes for Humidity... 281 Adjusting Cupcake Recipes for Altitude... 282 Appendix B: Substitutions ... 285 Miscellaneous Ingredient Substitutions ... 285 Flour & Flour Substitutes-Weight, Measurement and Nutrition Equivalents ... 294 Appendix C: Cupcake Baking Terminology ... 299 Appendix D: Checklists ... 307 Cupcake Baking Checklist ... 307 Cupcake Ingredient Tips to Ensure Unforgettable Cupcakes ... 309 Appendix E: Calculating the Calories and Weight Watcher(R) Points for Your Cupcakes ... 311 Appendix F: Readings and Resources ... 317 Appendix G: Online Tools ... 327 Great Cupcake Blogs ... 327 Other Sweet Blogs ... 328 About the Author... 339 About the Publisher... 341

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