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DESIGNER CHOCOLATE BABY GRANDS, by hector and guests.
Posted: 22 September 2009 12:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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thank you Rose!!!!!!  Josephine will be thrilled.

i have placed 5 baby grands in individual ball canning jars, vacuum it with my foodsaver attachment and will keep in the freezer till the end of times.  going out to dinner tonight, and will bring only ONE cupcake, is that a crime?  nobody around me should have a whole serving of my cakes, since they get to eat plenty!

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Posted: 22 September 2009 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Oh Hector, me too- I laughed out loud when the hot water went to 180g and the girls had such alarmed expressions! Precious.  And your comment about them not needing batteries- what an apt description for kids!

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Posted: 22 September 2009 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Thank you for sharing the videos Hector. I loved watching them. I bake and cook with my two kids all the time. My favourite part was weighing the water. The look on your neices face is priceless. I know your face was not visible but I could sooooo picture the expression on your face too.

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Posted: 22 September 2009 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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PROBLEM!!!  my tasting panel agreed with me that the cupcakes were “dry.”  here some facts:

1- I used cupcake pans and not sure if these are different than muffin pans.  The recipe calls for muffin pans.  My cupcake pans have the exact shape of the 2 1/2 in (63 mm) foil baking cups, holding the cups perfectly.  Are my cupcake pans too small?  The sides of my cupcake pans are not perfectly straight or tapered, the sides are oblong like a bowl indeed, bakes lovely well shaped cupcakes.  perhaps i need bigger cupcake pans?

2- Are my cupcake lines too small?  2 1/2 in (63 mm).  The batter filled half full which is just about what the recipe says.  If I need to lie, the batter filled half full and a hair more!

3- I did apply all the amount of ganache syrup.

4- I didn’t applied the full amount of lacquer glaze, there was just no room to pool it, like the picture on the book.  The recipe yields 14 cupcakes and since the cupcake pan fits only 12, then 2 baked on a baking sheet, these 2 expanded sideways about 1 inch and the tops were less full thus giving a less deep layer of cake and more space to hold glaze.

5- Should I try baking these without the muffin pan and allow the extra wide cupcakes?  I feel you need a thinner layer of cake to soak in better the ganache syrups, and a thicker amount of lucius lacquer glaze (the full amount on the recipe, or near all of it)

So maybe, I am just using either the wrong size cupcake liner or the wrong shape/size muffin/cupcake pans.  I sure hope analyst Bill would read this, I know he is thriving for perfect cupcakes.  It is also driving me crazy because from been used to perfectly even layer cakes, now I need to deal with multitude of non uniform cupcakes or such with different results!

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