Celebrations are the perfect time to serve cupcakes. They’re portable, individual servings of dessert that are enjoyed by young and old alike. Cupcakes are easy to bake and decorate, quickly. You know I’m a HUGE fan of homemade, made-from-scratch desserts that showcase the best ingredients and beautiful serving ideas. Our Christmas and New Year’s celebrations will certainly include some; but like you, my time is at a premium, this time of year and their are occasions and events where I will need a quick dessert to contribute to the festivities.
Cupcakes can be mixed up and baked in 30 minutes or less, using a cake mix. They cool much more quickly than large cakes, so within 20 or 30 minutes, they are ready to be frosted. Decorating them, simply, with canned icing, piped on with a simple swirl technique and then sprinkled with colored sugar or candy sprinkles will net you an easy-to-make, decorated dessert that will delight kids (and grown-ups) wherever you share them. Fast, easy and I promise, (even if not homemade), they’ll be a hit on any dessert table. I’ve even solved the problem of transporting and then serving them, without mussing up your pretty decorations!
The UPTake Cupcake Pan/Carrier, from Chicago Metallic, is a truly ingenious invention. The day it arrived, I have to admit I was skeptical, looking at the bottomless cups in the tin. It only took a couple minutes of reading the package to understand the true genius behind the design. If you’ve ever had to transport cupcakes to a party or event, you know the options available all have their drawbacks. You can arrange them on a flat tray, but it’s easy for them to slide around and smudge the frosting and decorations, in transit, plus covering them without messing up your creativity is another challenge. Plastic cupcake carriers are better, since they have tall lids to prevent crushing and marring your decorative handiwork, but the cupcakes are still able to slide and bump into each other while “traveling”. The best option for carrying cupcakes, and keeping them separated, is to place them back in the tin in which they were baked; but trying to remove a beautifully decorated cupcake from a typical baking tin, again, mars the icing and decorations. The same challenge also presents, as with flat trays or cookie sheets – covering the cupcakes with foil or plastic wrap, the covering will come in contact with the icing and spoil the decorative elements.
The UpTake is the true solution to not only the transportation of your cupcake creations, but also to easily removing them from storage without damaging their beauty. The tall, plastic lid snaps snugly into place, atop the muffin tin, providing stability and separation of the cupcakes, plus a cover that doesn’t come in contact with the icing and decor. Then, when you need to remove the yummy desserts from the tin, without smudging the icing, simply remove the lid and place it “peg-side” up on the counter. Now, you see the reason for the bottomless cups on the tin. Set the tin atop the lid, lining up the pegs with the holes in the bottom of your pan. Your elegant and tasty cupcakes will immediately be elevated above the top of the cupcake pan, so you can remove them without touching the frosting. Love! Love! Love! I need to add two or three more to my kitchen!
If it seems like I’m excited, it’s because I am. This is an excellent solution to a long-term problem and I anticipate using it over and over, again. The UPTake will be a staple in the Busy-at-Home kitchen. I’m sure once you’ve tried it out, you’ll find it as indispensable as I have.
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I received a Chicago Metallic UPTake to test and review in my own kitchen and to gather data for this post. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the vies and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the products.
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Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
Glenda has been married 30 years and has five children, ages 12, 17, 21, 27, & 29. Three beautiful grandchildren (with one more on the way!) and two fantastic son-in-laws round out her family. She is a twenty-three-year homeschool veteran with a passion for family, saving money, baking and recipes. In October 2009, she married those passions with a love of writing, and launched Busy-at-Home, a blog for busy wives and moms. Glenda wants everyone to feel welcome in her kitchen, to enjoy visiting and learning, and to be able to share what they find to build memories and creativity into the next generations of their own families. She understands what it means to be "spinning all the plates" that keep a family and home running. She knows exactly what it means to be, just like you, "busy-at-home" and she's enthusiastic about sharing what she's learned along her journey. Reviews & giveaways of products relevant to busy moms and their families are regular features on her blog.