Comments: Cupcakes! They're coming out our ears. But lest you think they're a fad, Margot Chapman, one of the partners in swirlz cupcakes in Chicago, says they've been around for way more than a hundred years and they're not going away anytime soon.
We have pumped muffins and cupcakes so full of fillings that they were bulging and leaking or threatening to leak from every pore. Now there is a better way. Cuisipro's Cupcake Corer and Decorating Set includes a "corer" that helps you make room in the center of the cupcake for a little extra filling. Then the squeeze bottles – each of which has a 7-ounce capacity and a wide opening for filling – make it easy to fill and decorate the cupcake. One has a floral tip for filling and designs; the other has a small round tip for writing and patterns. (Each will also accept the standard tips found in cake decorating sets.)
The set also includes an offset spatula, in case you want to apply a smooth layer of frosting in a traditional way before piping on the decorations (also for smoothing a design gone wrong and starting over.) The corer has a guard to keep you from cutting into the cupcake too deeply and a plunger to eject the core once it has been removed. The kit includes design ideas and recipes. You may want to store the set in its box – that may be the easiest way to keep track of all eight parts.
Clearly, this set was designed with children in mind, but we can't see why anyone wouldn't want to use it.
You're on your own when it comes to deciding what to do with the cupcake "cores." We're sure you'll figure out a happy solution….