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Tracy Frank, Published December 25 2013

Thursday review: Device makes portioning cupcakes a piece of cake

FARGO – As a mother of two young kids, I find myself baking cupcakes fairly often. Or at least a few times a year, and for someone who isn’t especially stellar at baking, a few times a year is often enough.

While they’re a fun, tasty treat and fairly easy to make (especially if you make them from a boxed mix), portioning out the batter into paper cups can be a bit of a pain.

I’ve tried soup spoons, cooking spoons, soup ladles and measuring cups, but none of those utensils were mess-proof and I could never seem to pour the batter evenly.

Then I happened upon the Chicago Metallic Batter Dispenser at Bed Bath & Beyond. I love this device. You don’t have to be coordinated to use it, and it quickly and easily dispenses cupcake batter with very little mess. Simply pour the batter into the dispenser and squeeze the handle to release it.

It has a 4-cup capacity and can also be used for pancakes and muffins.

I did find that it won’t work for thick batters. I tried using it for green velvet cupcakes that called for sour cream in the ingredients and the batter wouldn’t come out of the dispenser.

But for regular, boxed mixes, it’s, well, a piece of cake to use.

The device sells for about $15.

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Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526