Monday, July 2, 2012

The Cupcake Papers (Review)

After years of using pastel baking cups, I've decided to step out into the unknown and try something new.

These are Reynolds Baked For You StayBrite Baking Cups.  Aren't they pretty?  They come in other designs, but I chose this one because I was aiming for elegant rather than cute.

These baking cups are foil-lined, so the moisture and fat of the cake don't seep through and change the appearance of the paper.

I used these StayBrite cupcake papers to bake cocoa fudge cupcakes, which I frosted with white almond-flavored frosting.  The black and white combination was very pretty.  I was also happy that the foil lining seemed to keep the cake extra-moist and tender.

My supermarket sells StayBrite baking cups for $2.49 (36 cups).  If you're looking for ideas for cupcake decorating, check out Cupcake Central.

After that I took a different turn and tried these unbleached baking cups from If You Care.  I've used unbleached cupcake papers from another company and was not pleased with the results.  The cake stuck to the paper; we ended up with a mess, not to mention a lot of wasted cake.

If You Care, however, advertises their baking cups as non-stick, so I gave them a try.

Sure enough, the paper peeled right off the cake.  I was very happy with the way the cupcakes turned out.  These are not as pretty as the StayBrite ones above, but they're also significantly less expensive:  $1.69 for 60 cups, at my store.

So the two products are both good, just suited for different purposes.  I used the StayBrite cups for cupcakes I was giving as a gift, but If You Care may be my new everyday baking cup.

Disclosure:  None.  I purchased these two products after wondering how they'd perform.  I decided to write in case you had the same questions.


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