A pop-ing good time Like 0 Twitter Nadia Hoffmann Follow July 13, 2016, 7:24 a.m. in Life and Styles Views: 810 Like us on facebook For a while now I have been thinking about cupcakes in a jar. I think that it is a nice idea, you can give the client more cupcake, they can seal it if they don’t want to eat the entire cupcake in one sitting, it transports a lot easier and you can make it very pretty. While hunting recipes I came across an awesome idea: Caramel Popcorn cupcakes. So I decided that I want to attempt the jars and the caramel popcorn. For the jars I thought that I should try plastic instead of glass since it will be a lot cheaper. I found some jars at the plastic shop that I thought would work nicely and some wooden spoons. Since it was a test run I only bought three. I made my standard vanilla cupcake recipe for the base and added some caramel chips to tie in the caramel flavour and I used butter this time instead of margarine. Simple enough. The dough is a lot stickier than the red velvet so it was difficult to scoop out in even portions. I was making dinner (a massive 1.3kg T-Bone and some oven-baked potatoes) while I was baking so while I was waiting for the potatoes to finish with the oven I was watching Two Broke Girls. I think the show is what inspired me to start with cupcakes. They always have these beautiful cupcakes on the show. So halfway through baking my first batch of cupcakes, I realised that the oven was still on grill for the potatoes. I really need a neon sign above the stove that tells me what setting the oven is on. I don’t think it messed up the cupcakes too badly. Some of them are just a little more baked than I would have liked, but not a train smash. After they cooled I tried putting them in the jars. They were bigger than the jars so I kind of had to mush them in. I did a layer of cupcake, layer of icing, layer of cupcake, layer of icing with some popcorn on top. Looking from the side, it looks terrible. It appears mushing them in is not the way to go. Something that I noticed some people do is make a sheet cake and just cut out pieces with a cookie cutter. I think this might be a better approach and I definitely need jars with a bigger opening. Well this was a test run, I expected a bit of a learning curve. For the other cupcakes, I did the cream cheese frosting of the red velvet again, but I bought two bars of salted caramel from Woolworths and melted it. I then added it to the icing. I did a bit of a miscalculation with the icing sugar. For some reason I thought 5 cups are 1kg of icing, it turns out it is 1.25kg, so I didn’t have enough icing sugar to make it as stiff as the red velvet. I used my round tip for the piping and just did spirals. Then I placed a few pieces of popcorn on top. Last week I bought another tupperware container, so my storage issue seems to be resolved. Since I baked them on Saturday, I had some great sunlight to work with throughout the day on Sunday. I had the idea that I can use tablecloths as a backdrop. I took the photos with two of the lenses and played around with the light. I realised that my sheets might be blocking too much light, so I might have to look for something a bit thinner. I still haven’t found a good way to use the tripod, but luckily my future father in-law said I could borrow his longer one, so I look forward to being able to use it. My mother also said that I could borrow her mixer, so when I get it, no more mixing everything by hand! Yay! I am enjoying the process of playing around with everything and figuring it out. There are still so many things I have to learn and figure out. I definitely want to work on the photography a bit more and getting my little studio just right. I also need to look for an idea for next week’s cupcakes. Yesterday, I also decided that I want to create a logo for My Baked Goods. Don’t really feel comfortable using something that I didn’t create. You never know what copyright issues might pop up. I have also started looking at the accounting of it all, trying to keep track of what my expenses and income for the cupcakes are, mostly so that I know if I am making a loss on the cupcakes. Since I am still making mistakes, I tend to break even or make a loss, but hopefully when I start figuring everything out, I can make a tiny profit. This venture is quite the journey and I am excited to see where it goes. Published by Nadia Hoffmann Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles DEAR WOMEN Life and Styles Escape from the BS Life and Styles It Is Still August Right?