(Closed) Help cupcakes don’t taste good :(

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Most people cannot tell the difference between boxed cake mix and bakery bought cake mix, especially if you add something into it.  If her recipe is turning out hard and dry it means something is missing and/or she cooked it way too long.  I’ve never heard of a bad taste coming from a foil liner though.

 

Any chance you can get the recipe she is using and post it here? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think that if she is using a box mix and you are still coming up with a funny taste then something else is off.  Foil liners have been used for years and years and years without making boxed cake mix taste funny.  Is the weird taste in the frosting maybe?  Or is something used in the baking process not cleaned?  Maybe an ingredient is not added in the right order? 

I would suggest this:  Cake mix is cheap.  Go to the store and buy a box of a few different flavors/ brands that you think you might like and make them yourself.  Then taste test them and then let her know which one you chose.  Then have her make them and see if they came out the same way (which they should).  You might be having an issue with a particular brand on your palette.  The dryness is from overcooking, so make sure she knows to keep an eye on them in the oven. And as to the cupcakes you make during your trial if you don’t want to eat them you can always bring them to work or take them to a homeless shelter πŸ™‚

On a side note Duncan Hines makes really REALLY good brownie mix.  I have a severe weakness for brownies.  My SO made me a pan of them once when we were drinking and I started eating them.  When we woke up the next day only four inches or so were left lol. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Neither of those cake brands are very good. (Then again, I only like one brand, so maybe im biased.) She can also look into adding some appleesauce to any cake mix to make it more moist. I have tons of delicious homemade cupcake recipes, if you want her to try one, just pm me a flavor but try pillsbury in the box and ask her to make some without the liner, with the foil liner, and with a different liner. That way you can tell if theres something specific going wrong. Oddly enough, I have a high end cookie sheet and when I use it to bake cookies.. they come out different tasting then my 10 year old crap pan. Who knows what it is, but hope this helps!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I too prefer Pillsbury cake mix, if that helps.

 

Sometimes Safeway has them 10 for 10 dollars so its not like its more expensive either πŸ™‚

 

Also I LOVE how this cupcake making business has turned into a science project!  I’m really interested to hear the results!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You could keep them simple, you could also have her do like a jelly filling if you want? It turns more into a swirl once its baked, so that each bite tastes like both the filling and mix, without being too messy. All you do is she puts a scoop at the bottom of the cupcake holder then put a scoop of the jelly, then two scoops on the top of the jelly of the mix. Once you put icing on you wont even notice it, and if you dont.. they actually look pretty cute!

 

If you want moist, go with yellow as opposed to just a plain vanilla. Just fyi, I am in loooove with baking and before I did most everything homeaade I tried vanilla and it was nowhere near as good. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

One thing that I find makes everything I bake more delicious and moist is using olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I think buying a few and making them yourself is a great idea to test them out. I definitely wouldn’t buy an off-brand though. With that kind of stuff, you get what you pay for. Once you decide what one you like better, I think you can buy the mixes in bulk online for cheaper.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have her add a box of dry instant pudding to the mix and follow the rest of the instructions on the box. You can mess around with all kinds of flavors, so you might want to do a few practice cakes first; that way you can tell her exactly what to use. Sometimes I use an extra egg yolk or two too.

Today we made a yellow cake using pistacio pudding mix and rum flavoring. To give it more of a poundcake feel, we used the normal 3 eggs, plus 3 more egg yolks. It’s very moist and really good.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I dont cook or bake…  I only remember that my mother used to put mayonnaise in cake mixes, even boxed ones, because they make them VERY moist.  I would not want a dry cake.

Would it hurt your friends feelings if you went to Publix?

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I dont cook or bake…  I only remember that my mother used to put mayonnaise in cake mixes, even boxed ones, because they make them VERY moist.  I would not want a dry cake.

Would it hurt your friends feelings if you went to Publix or somewhere (don’t know where you live but our Publix makes good cakes).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am a baker. Dry cupcakes come from a plain and simple case of over mixing with a combo of baking them too long.  

On an honest note…I would just buy store bough cupcakes and strip them of their frosting and have her decorate them

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@NCPwedding:  Good idea. If you’re ordering them you can probably just get them without icing and save the stripping part πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you have a Sam’s Club near you… they are awesome. We ordered our cupcakes from them, was $75 for 130 cupcakes and a 5 in round cake for cutting. We did 1/2 of the cupcakes chocolate, 1/2 yellow and then 4 different colored frostings to match our Camo theme.

EVERYONE loved them..

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