As delicious as cupcakes are, there are times when you want something a little more elegant looking than your standard cupcake but still want your desserts to come in a small package. There are a wide variety of shaped cupcake pans out there, but this Swirl Cupcake Pan from Williams-Sonoma puts a real twist on a standard cupcake. The pan has six cavities, and each one is shaped into an elegant swirl. Batter is added to fill each cavity and baked until it forms a flat top, rather than a domed one, and the cupcakes sit swirl side up to be served. The heavy-duty pan is nonstick, and uses a Swiss-made ceramic nonstick coating (Goldtouch) that is very durable and scratch resistant, so your cakes will turn out flawless again and again.
The finished swirl cupcakes can be finished with a simple confectioners’ sugar glaze or with a rich chocolate glaze. Thicker frostings will hide the details of the swirl, although you could use the cone method to core the cupcakes and pipe in a creamy filling. The cakes can also simply be dusted with confectioners’ sugar – whatever flavor you decide to make them – and served with fresh berries on the side.