Some things are just worth the investment. Some you can get by without.
Stand Mixer (I have a Kitchenaid 5 Quart K5SS that’s more than 15 years old. It came with the best recipe book on the planet!)
Ice Cream/Mashed Potato Scoops
- Cuisinart Non-stick Silicone Grip
- One I purchased from Big Plate (the bottoms are a little wide for my taste)
- Good Cook Premium Nonstick 24 Cup Cupcake Tray with Cover
- And two el-cheapo 6-cup tins that I bought years ago…definitely not non-stick or rust-resistant!
Out of all these options, you guessed it, my favorite is the el-cheapos!
Care and cleaning. I’m a bit OCD (okay a lot), so my first objective in scooping batter is to not get a drop of better anywhere but in the liner. It bugs me, but I treat my tins like cast iron and I really don’t like to wash them if I don’t have to. If I do wash them, I use a soft nylon brush as soon as I’m done with them, then throw them back in the hot oven to dry. This way, they don’t have a spec of water that can rust.
I’ve tried fancy ones from fluted to the so-called “no muffin tin needed” and I can honestly say that Reynolds foil cups are my go-to brand. They never fail.
I also like Regency Tulip Standard Baking Cups. They bake beautifully (although the white get a little singed on the edges). They do make it a little harder to pipe, though.
LeCake House Buttercream
- 1/2 pound of butter
- 1/2 pound of cream cheese
- 2 pounds of powdered sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons good quality vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or half and half
Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar in batches and beat until smooth after each addition. Add vanilla and a little heavy cream. Beat on highest speed until smooth, adding more cream until you achieve desired consistency.
I’ve used the disposable Wilton piping bags for a long time. I rarely use a coupler. I’ve even used ziploc baggies! But this weekend, I took the plunge and bought an 18-inch reusable piping bag at the restaurant supply store. I didn’t have to refill the bag once, but it was heavy as hell!