How Cupcakes Are Different from Cake

Learn how cupcakes differ from cake from professional cake decorator Amanda Oakleaf in this Howcast video.

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winford, Massachusetts, where we do cupcakes, custom cakes, wedding cakes, birthda cakes, anything you can think of, we can make it into a cake. And today, I will be talking to you about baking cupcakes. Cupcakes are different from cake in a couple of ways. One is that they bake a lot faster. They’re in individual little cups, and they bake faster in the oven, so if you’re in a time crunch, they really work well. It also works well for kids’ birthdays. There’s less cleanup, less hassle. When serving a large tiered cake at an event, such as a wedding, you’d have to cut every slice, clean the knife, take care of the crumbs, put it on a plate. But if you have cupcakes, you can just, you know, hand one out to everybody, and then it’s just the throw-away wrapper, it’s a lot cleaner process. People really love cupcakes because they’re an individual dessert, it’s something that’s theirs, and you can even personalize them, you can decorate them, you can do custom flavors, and it’s an individual dessert for every one of your guests. And you can also do them as favors to take home. You can get little individual boxes, and the cupcake can be a wedding favor. And people really love cupcakes because they are that, they’re a favor, they’re an individual dessert that can be personalized, and something that is yours and you can take with you.