While wandering around Canton (a trade days type flea market in Texas) I came across this odd cupcake pan that has stoppers over each opening. It’s called Cupcake Genius by Debbie Meyer. The goal is to make a spot for filling in the cupcakes. Since I already needed an additional cupcake pan, I thought if this really works, it will be great and if it doesn’t, heck I have my extra cupcake pan that I needed anyway. I’ve kind of avoided filling cupcakes in the past because the apple corer approach was a little messy and using the filling tip I could never really tell if I got enough filling in the cupcake so this seemed like an awesome solution and …it was!
I approached this product review treating this as any other cupcake pan which meant using my standard recipes (My Go to Chocolate Cake) , my regular wrappers and scooper to ensure the same amount of batter in each well.
The instructions say to prep the pan by spraying the stoppers with non-stick cooking spray. I decided to try both the spray and my own homemade cake release to see if one worked better than the other. I even took pictures and they honestly worked the same. I prefer the cake release because the spray gets all over everything and I hate cleaning it up.
Here you can see the stoppers in the cupcakes. One thing to note is the stoppers are not perfectly centered but it really didn’t make a difference. I baked the cupcakes at 350 degrees because the higher temp helps them dome.
I baked them for 18 minutes (my usual baking time). When they came out of the oven, the cupcakes had cooked over the tops of the stoppers. You can take a toothpick and scrape around the stopper at the top or even a butter knife. It was pretty easy just to move the back and then remove the attachment.
I think because of the stoppers, they cooked a little faster which meant they were just a tiny bit over done for my taste. Next time I’ll take them out at 15 minutes. Let them cool for about 5 minutes and remove the top attachment. Place on a cooling rack to continue cooling.
So for the product review on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best:
Ease of Use: 9 (I’d give this a 10 except my oven rack has a bar running through it that makes it hard to get the pan to sit flat)
Worked as Advertised: 10
Easy to Clean: 7 (It says it’s dishwasher safe but I don’t put any of my specialty cake stuff in the dishwasher..yes I’m paranoid)
One thing that I couldn’t test but looks to be true is that the top attachment should work on other cupcake pans. My only other cupcake pan is another specialty pan that is part of a two tier carrier system so it’s not shaped normally.
I have to say I am so please with this pan and how they cupcakes came out.
I filled my cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling and topped with a vanilla buttercream and a dusting of grated chocolate. Flavor wise I think the filling was everyone’s favorite part. Next time I will definately top these with a chocolate buttercream or a chocolate ganache.