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I'm not a cupcaker, so I don't know how.

post #1 of 30
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It's a bit long, just want to apologize up front! icon_redface.gif

Okay, so the only reason I don't like making cupcakes is because I hate filling all of those stupid little holes. I would much rather just pour the whole bowl full of batter into one big cake pan.

That being said though, I do enjoy decorating cupcakes. So here's my question to all of you wonderful cupcakers who know what your doing (as opposed to me icon_razz.gif )

Is there a quick, easy, cleaner way to fill cupcake pans/liners without dripping batter all over? Do you guys have some secret magical technique that I don't know about?

I bought a large squeeze bottle (think retro ketchup/mustard bottles) & poured my batter into it, then squeezed into my cupacke liners. worked well enough except that I had to refill after every 6 cupcakes & it was a real pain to get the last of the batter out at the end, so I came up 2 cupcakes short.

Any better ideas or tried & true methods for getting your batter into the pan/liners?

TIA
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post #2 of 30
I don't have one yet, but plan to get one, but those thingies that they use to put pancake batter on a griddle is a good tool.

I used to fill a big decorating bag and use that. I read on here about using a scoop (big cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop) and I just didnt' see how that would be faster and easier ... going back and forth between the batter-bowl and the cupcake pan.

Boy was I wrong!!

I decided to give it a shot when I was making 150 cupcakes for one of my fraternity caterings. Figured since I was making that many, let's just SEE how this great idea works. icon_confused.gif

Humble pie is not my favorite dish, but I ate the whole pie ... a la mode! .... that day! Fast, clean, and easy.

I thought the back-n-forth activity would be the time-waster and what I discovered is that refilling that stupid decorator bag was the time waster.

When making mini-cupcakes, I still use the decorating bag ... I just pinch the end closed when I move from one cavity to the next.
post #3 of 30
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oh, Indydebi, how do I luv thee? icon_lol.gif You always come thru for me!

I thought about a large (20"?) decorator bag after I was all finished last night, but thought it would be best to just ask the pro's before investing more $$. icon_rolleyes.gif

A pancake batter dispenser is a great idea! I have one that I never use (don't like pancakes) but I never thought to use it for this! Yeah!

I believe you when you say the ice cream scoop is quick & easy, but oneof my cupcake love/hate issues is the dripping mess issue. I think this would still have the same batter covered drippy utensil mess as anything else. icon_confused.gif ?
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post #4 of 30
You'd think so, wouldn't ya? icon_biggrin.gif No, seriously, just scrape the bottom of the scoop on the side of the bowl before carrying it to the cupcake pan .... I found it to be (surprisingly) less messy than the decorating bag!
post #5 of 30
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so what style of ice cream scoop do you use? or does it really matter? I already have 2 of the more common (modern) style scoops with no levers or gadgets or anything.

I am totally gonna try the pancake thingy too! thumbs_up.gif
LL
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"Make it bigger, Make it badder, Make it awesome!" Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes

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post #6 of 30
The one on the right.

The one in the bottom center hurts my thumbs, although my teenage helpers like it ok.
post #7 of 30
I use a tall plastic measuring cup which has a spout I bought from Pampered Chef.I fill it up...pour about 6 cupcakes and refill.I then wipe away the excess batter that may have spilled on the edges on the cupcake pan.

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post #8 of 30
I use the ones on the bottom center, but wipe each scoop with my spatula.
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post #9 of 30
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Pampered chef ... sigh ... princess.gif Oopps! icon_redface.gif Sorry, daydreaming! icon_lol.gif

Not to knitpick you all to death, but is your beloved PC cup like any of these?
LL
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"Make it bigger, Make it badder, Make it awesome!" Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes

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post #10 of 30
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Okay, how about a cookie press? My SIL suggested that just now & I have one, but what do you guys think?

I'm sorry to keep bombarding you with this, but I really want to do cupcakes, I just can't get past the whole batter/pan filling stage! icon_cry.gif

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"Make it bigger, Make it badder, Make it awesome!" Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes

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"Make it bigger, Make it badder, Make it awesome!" Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes

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post #11 of 30
I use the ice scream scoop in the top right that Indydebi uses. LOVE it!!! Don't know if I even want to try anything else. And it doesn't hurt my hands or thumbs from the repeat motions. They can be found at Cash N Carry, Smart N Final, Online, etc.
post #12 of 30
No..It wasn't any of the ones pictured.It was an older model now discontinued.It has blue writing and is a tall 2 cup plastic pouring cup with a handle.I just love it!! I actually hunted another one down on Ebay because I think I accidently threw my other one away..Grrrr..Anyway I found one and bought it instantly!! I guard it with my life...I use it daily for everything in the kitchen!!

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post #13 of 30
keep at it! try the ice cream scoops again and wipe with a spatula. it doesn't take much effort to get it right. take your time. you will get the hang of it!
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post #14 of 30
keep at it! try the ice cream scoops again and wipe with a spatula. it doesn't take much effort to get it right. take your time. you will get the hang of it!
You know we can't afford to let one moment pass us by
'Cause it's a short piece of time...

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'Cause it's a short piece of time...

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post #15 of 30
I also use the ice cream scoop. It is easy, fast, and (relatively) clean. I use the one on the top right of the picture & it works great! Another bonus to using the ice cream scoops is that all your cupcakes are a uniform size!
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