Cupcake Couriers – Handy Cupcake Carriers

Cupcake CourierLike most people I can’t help but love cupcakes. They are so scrumptious. But carrying them around can be a bit of a hazard. Not that they generally last long enough to be taken anywhere (at least in my household),  but if you do need to make a batch of cupcakes for a kids party or a school function for instance then it would be nice to know that your cupcakes will arrive in one piece.

This is where the Cupcake Courier comes into play. This handy container carries up to 36 cup cakes at any one time.

It comes with 3 stackable trays, each with 12 cups and each tray can be removed. This makes clean up nice and easy but also allows room for a full size cake if required. It measures 12½” x 16″ x 11″.

The Cupcake Courier comes with a built-in handle that makes it easy to carry around. And everything is held securely in place by the four latches around the base.

The Cupcake Courier is available in a in soft blue sky and petal pink.


Chicago Metallic 12 cup Nonstick Popover Pan

chicago-metallic-nonstick-popover-panThe  Chicago Metallic 12-c. Nonstick Popover Pan produces crisp, puffy popovers that will be a favorite with your friends and family.

The cups are designed to allow the popovers to rise, bake and pop over. And because the cups are separate the popovers won’t spread and join to the others.

The Chicago Metallic 12 cup nonstick popover pan has deep tapered cups made from aluminum. The shape of the cups promote good air circulation which leads to even baking.

And you can also bake muffins and cornbread as well.The popover pan is easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe.  NOTE:  The cups are attached to the frame and cannot be removed.

Features of the Chicago Metallic 12 cup nonstick popover pan:

  • It is made from aluminized steel with silverstone nonstick coating
  • 12 cup capacity (3-oz. each)
  • 16″ in length
  • 10.75″  in width  and each individual cup measures  2″ in diameter  and 2.25″ in depth

Popovers  cooked in the Chicago Metallic nonstick popover pan gives you a nice uniform popover, cooked to perfection.

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Nordic Ware 9 inch Leakproof Springform Pan

Nordic Ware Leak Proof Springform PanEver had the problem of messy leaks when baking a cake or creating a cheesecake using a springform pan? It can happen but not anymore with the Nordic Ware 9-Inch Leakproof Springform Pan.

This pan is made from heavy gauge aluminized steel making it strong and durable and resists warping.

The nonstick inner surface combined with the springform release ensures cakes turn out easily. It also makes clean up a breeze.

What I like most is the that the pan is dishwasher safe although being nonstick hand washing should not be difficult.

You will enjoy making cheesecake in this pan as it ensures that the mixture doesn’t leak.

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Bakeware – What should you be using?

bakeware-set-of-4Silicone, aluminum, glass… with so many choices, it’s hard to decide what the best material is for your baking pans. We’ll show you the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pan, and help you pick the best one for your baking style.

Aluminum Bakeware

Aluminum is one of the most common types of cookware available. It’s popular because it is inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use. Aluminum heats evenly, meaning that your cakes and cookies won’t end up burned in some places and undercooked in others.

On the other hand, aluminum can be very difficult to clean. Non-stick coatings will wear away over time, and stains and rust are common. The chances are that you will have to replace your aluminum baking pans frequently, making the costs add up in the long run.

blinQ 6x2.5x10.25-in. Loaf Pan, Berry RedSilicone Bakeware

Silicone is a relative newcomer to the world of baking, but it’s making a big splash. People love it because can withstand the heat of the hottest oven, and then be popped straight into the freezer with no adverse effects. It is very light, flexible enough to store rolled up or folded into a corner of a cabinet, and comes in fun, bright colors. You can clean it easily by popping it into the dishwasher, and you never have to worry about rust or dents.

The major disadvantage of silicone is that it does not distribute heat well. Shallower pans usually work better than deeper silicone pans. Also, it is easy to scrape or puncture silicone, so you should be careful with the utensils you use to remove your baked goods from the pans.

Pyrex 5-pc. Glass Bakeware SetGlass Bakeware

Pans made of glass are not only attractive, but they also provide excellent heat distribution for even baking and pleasant browning. Glass does not dent or rust and you don’t have to worry about scratching it when you cut a pan of brownies or a pie. It can be cleaned in a dishwasher. You can also pop your bakeware into the microwave for reheating, when appropriate.

The main drawback of glass pans is that they can shatter under the wrong conditions. It is also heavy, which can make it difficult to store.

What is a Bundt Cake?

nordicware-sunflower-bundt-pan-cakeFor the uninitiated the Bunt cake is a dessert cake that is cooked in a Bundt pan. which is essentially a round aluminum cake pan with a hole in the centre.

The founder of Nordic Ware, H David Dalquist created the design in 1950, based on the pans that were used to make the Austrian and German bundkuchen (also known as kugelhopf or gugelhupf). He simply added a t to the word bund and this is now the registered trademark.

The European pans were made of heavy cast iron so Dalquist modified the design in aluminum which is much easier to work with and he introduced folds in the outer edge.

The design wasn’t readily adopted by the American public until a baking contest in 1966 where the nordicware-sunflower-bundt-panBundt cake took out second prize. This win raised the profile of the Bundt pan and they went on to become the most sought after baking pan in the US resulting in more than 50 million Bundt pans being sold since it was introduced.

Such is the popularity of the Bundt cake today that there is even a “National Bundt” day on November 15. This years winner was Anne Kornow from Dexter, Michigan with her ‘Mint Mountains’ dessert.

View this recipe and the recipes for the other top 10 finalists in the National Bundt Day competition.