My blogging has been a bit slow lately because I've been busy getting used to the new job. I'm teaching art to grades K-6 and it has been going very well - I'm very grateful! I'm also very tired so my blogging has suffered a bit. I'm sure not before long I'll be back in the swing of things baking up all kinds of goodies. For now, I'll post the product review I promised a few weeks ago - the Cupcake Plunger.
I've made filled cupcakes before - a bunch of different kinds. I've always done it using a knife and cutting a little cone out of the top of the cupcake, putting in the filling, and then replacing the cone. It worked just fine, but it was a little time consuming and the size of the cone I cut out was never consistent. Not too long ago, my mother in law got me one of these Cupcake Plungers by Chicago Metallic. Pretty soon after getting it, I tried it out.
The plunger gets pushed down into the top of the cupcake. Then, with a twisting motion you pull the plunger back out and pop out the cupcake core with the spring. Very simple! It worked flawlessly for me.
I filled my cupcakes with peanut butter and fluff side-by-side. I just put them both a zippy bag next to each other and piped it out as evenly as I could.
Replace the cupcake core (cutting away some of it if necessary to get it to fit)
And then frost as usual. It could be a nice surprise for a taste tester - they'd never know there was a filling inside!
Cross-section! The plunger makes a nice even hole in the center of the cupcake.
I'm very happy with this little gadget. It makes it much easier to make cupcakes with a filling - and I'd probably be a lot more willing to do so now that I have this little thing. This makes the task much quicker and more uniform. I'd definitely recommend this product to a Cupcake-lovin' friend!