Posts tagged ‘frosting creations’

October 12, 2012

Tools of the (Cupcake) Trade

Bakers may have noticed a new product in the grocery store aisles sometime in the last 6-9 months.  Little packages of flavoring for a new fangled pre-made frosting from Duncan Hines.  They come in fun flavors like Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, White Chocolate Raspberry and many more.

I first bought the mint flavored packet and the accompanying frosting.  I made chocolate cupcakes and topped them with Junior Mints.  The cupcakes overall got a relatively poor rating from my tasters.  I almost didn’t buy the packets again because of that and I found the frosting had a really odd consistency…gooey, but not in a good way.

Then, this summer when I was dying to make Cotton Candy cupcakes I turned to the packets when I couldn’t find the liquid flavoring from any of the stores that sell extensive baking supplies in my area.  I just figured that the packets could be thrown into a cake mix and they could also flavor a homemade butter cream despite the directions to only use Duncan Hines frosting formulated to work with it.  Don’t believe the hype!  The flavor packets worked quite well in both the cake mix and homemade frosting.

As a cupcake baker, I’ve come to love them because they are pretty cheap, they are single use so I’m not stuck with a bottle of flavoring I’ll probably not use again, and the range of flavors is great.  I just picked up some seasonal apple flavored packets for next week’s cupcakes!