88: Cupcake Diffuser
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I don’t really like cupcakes.
I mean, I’m not going to turn you down if you offer me one. But as I’m eating a cupcake, I can’t help thinking how much better it would be if it was just a regular slice of plate-and-fork cake. I could go on, but this post isn’t about bashing cupcakes, it’s about averting disaster!
Cupcakes are hot right now, and as a result, everybody has an opinion on the subject. Because of this, bringing cupcakes to a social gathering can be dangerous. It’s practically an open invitation to start an argument. So, how do we solve this potential party faux pas?
Fear not, and be prepared for the inevitable with the Cupcake Diffuser!
Pictured above is the (patent pending) Cupcake Diffuser. It is simply a cake with cupcake-shaped holes already baked in. All you have to do is bring this negative-cupcake to any party, and when someone shows up with cupcakes, fill the holes. Crisis averted.
“But what if no one shows up with cupcakes?” you might ask. Yeah, right… Someone will.
Here’s how I made it:
I started out with a plan. A glorious plan. Above, you can see the little foil legs that comprise step one of this plan.
The little legs provide support for a muffin tin with the underside greased. It floats just a half-inch above the bottom of the larger baking pan.
Then we pour in the cake batter. The ultimate goal here is to create a cake with the impression of the muffin tin in the top.
And maybe if I had greased it more, it would have worked… who knows?
Instead, what happened was the muffin tin adhered firmly to the top of the cake, and would not release, no matter what I did. That didn’t work, but then you knew that if you counted the cupcake holes in the original picture.
I think if I had put the muffin tin upside-down with the cups pointing up like a bundt cake tin, it may have worked better, but there’s no time for that now. It’s Friday night, and I have a something due this week.
Alright, plan B. How about we just bake a cake and cut out circles? It’s less elegant of a solution, but…
…at least, I’m fairly sure it will work. This method will have to do until I can get some custom anti-cupcake pans built.
I decided to only make 5 holes for structural integrity’s sake. I would recommend 6 in most cases, though. Cupcakes tend to come in half-dozens.
But that’s it! Gaze in wonder at the Cupcake Diffuser! Such a powerful tool, such a simple design.
Just unwrap, and drop them in.
And you’re done.
Slice and serve. This chocolate/vanilla combo looks pretty cool.
So, bring one to your next party, and enjoy cake on plates, with forks, like adults.
See ya next week, when I’ll do something entirely unrelated.