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post #1 of 31
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I'm baking more and more cupcakes these days, so I'm wanting to buy an "ice cream" scoop to insure uniformity. Amazon sells several different sizes and I'm not sure which one would be best- 2 Tbsp, 3 Tbsp, or 4 Tbsp???

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post #2 of 31
Surely you have a 1/4 measuring cup in your cupboard that you could use - if your making standard size cupcakes...
I was just reading and contributing to a blog about this very subject - the things we are sold - when in actual fact - we *have* the equipment right under our nose.

If your cupcakes are smaller than 1/4 cup measuring cup size - why not just use a tablespoon...

They have both *worked* for me all of these years.

Bluehue
post #3 of 31
There are called Portion Scoops and if you have a restaurant supply store in your town they will have them. I use the 3 T one. They are inexpensive and wonderfully convenient.
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post #4 of 31
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Originally Posted by leah_s

There are called Portion Scoops and if you have a restaurant supply store in your town they will have them. I use the 3 T one. They are inexpensive and wonderfully convenient.




Lolll - so are measuring cups and tablespoons that we all have in our cupboards....Just as conveniant as *special portion scoops*
Yes, i can buy these things wholesale - but why would i icon_confused.gif
I think people who sell special portion scoops could sell ice to the Eskimos - lolllllllllll

Bluehue
post #5 of 31
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It's all about the convenience. I've used measuring cups and spoons before and they are both very messy. Also, with nothing to scrape out the inside on the spoon or cup, the portion sizes are almost never exactly the same.
post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by Thea519

It's all about the convenience. I've used measuring cups and spoons before and they are both very messy. Also, with nothing to scrape out the inside on the spoon or cup, the portion sizes are almost never exactly the same.




A flat bladed butter knife works a treat for getting the batter out of a measuring cup... even a smaller version which is called a Pate knife.
But i can see its icon_rolleyes.gif for some - so i will say OK - and leave it at that.

Bluehue
post #7 of 31
Well, here's why. Obviously she's been getting by, but she is looking for a faster, better way.

I have made cupcakes for years exactly the way you say. I took a measuring cup, scooped and dumped.. Often, I would have a spoon in the other hand to scrape the measuring cup if I needed them to be uniform. It worked OK. But, not everyone was exactly the same size. Then I didn't care.

But now, it matters. My time also matters. For a one-time $7 purchase, I can scoop and dump and scrape clean very quickly with one hand. Every cupcake comes out the same size, every time. They also help considerably for those in business since you can better plan for expenses. It is considerably less effective to have a batch make 20 cupcakes one day and 28 the next.

In addition, it is even more critical for the home cook. If she needs a certain amount of cupcakes for school, and uses the wrong measuring scoop, she'll be making a double batch. That sucks.

Pre-measured scoops are useful and good for a lot of us Eskimos.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by matthewkyrankelly

Well, here's why. Obviously she's been getting by, but she is looking for a faster, better way.

I have made cupcakes for years exactly the way you say. I took a measuring cup, scooped and dumped.. Often, I would have a spoon in the other hand to scrape the measuring cup if I needed them to be uniform. It worked OK. But, not everyone was exactly the same size. Then I didn't care. Really - most odd.
But now, it matters. My time also matters. For a one-time $7 purchase, I can scoop and dump and scrape clean very quickly with one hand. Every cupcake comes out the same size, every time. They also help considerably for those in business since you can better plan for expenses. Oh please - i am in Business and the way i fill my cupcases is no more time wasting or an ill planned Business Plan than your way. It is considerably less effective to have a batch make 20 cupcakes one day and 28 the next..... again i say REALLY - i haven't had that happen - the measuring cup i use delivers the same ammount in all the cupcake cases - But each to thier own -

In addition, it is even more critical for the home cook. If she needs a certain amount of cupcakes for school, and uses the wrong measuring scoop, she'll be making a double batch. That sucks....Lolll - thats called not paying attention - surely one would realise after the first cupcake - Pre-measured scoops are useful and good for a lot of us Eskimos.... I am glad for you and your fellow Eskimos.
1/4 cup measuring cups work just great for this busy little Eskimo just as a Tablespoon does...

Happy caking...
Bluehue.


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post #9 of 31
If you only occasionally bake then the measuring cup and spoon method is perfectly fine. But if you're baking all the time or making cupcakes to sell then the scoop is a great invest. Speaking as someone who's used but method I wouldn't give up my scoop. I'm able to work cleaner and more efficiently.

 

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post #10 of 31
I guess the reason i laugh at the wonderful invention of the Cupcake Scoop - is because it is actually an Ice Cream Scoop...

And yes we have them way over here = in 3 sizes...
And they are still called Ice Cream Scoops.

Bluehue
post #11 of 31
So, 3 T or 4T (which equals 1/4 cup)? I use an ice cream scoop because I'm less likely to spill batter that way, but I don't think I have the right size, because I have to overfill it.
post #12 of 31
I guess the reason i laugh at the wonderful invention of the Cupcake Scoop - is because it is actually an Ice Cream Scoop...

And yes we have them way over here = in 3 sizes...
And they are still called Ice Cream Scoops.

: ) by the way mines is just an "icecream" scoop from the grocery store. It costed several dollars less than the cupcake scoops I saw online. I figured out they were the exact same thing too

 

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post #13 of 31
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icon_surprised.gif No need for all that attitude, Blue! This seems like something you feel extremely strongly about, so there's no need to go 'round and 'round about whose method is superior. But, for the record, I never asked for anyone's opinion on whether or not I should buy a stinkin' scoop! icon_surprised.gif

matthewkyrankelly, you hit the nail on the head! And to add to it, if there's a tool out there that will make my baking (and by extension, my life) easier, then I'm going to use it!!

FACSlady, 1/4c = 4 Tbsp. I think that's probably the one I'll go with. I like my cupcakes nice and rounded on top, so they're not laden with frosting.
post #14 of 31
I just use the ice cream scoop I got at the grocery store years and years ago. It works perfectly every time. I think it's about 3 Tbsp.
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post #15 of 31
Thea519, I worded that awkwardly; I know that 1/4 cup equals 4 tablespoons ( I teach cooking to kids), but thank you for that. So Is that the measurement you use?
Ranea5463, you use 3 tablespoons? Thanks for answering, but I'm still confused. And do you all use level tablespoons or are they rounded?
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