Mix and Measure Properly
It's nearly impossible to make a perfect cupcake using the "pinch of this, dash of that" method of cooking. Instead, carefully measured ingredients yield the fluffiest product. Rather than charge through the recipe and risk unbalanced cupcakes, take the extra minute or two to measure your ingredients exactly. Wet ingredients, such as water and oil, are best measured in glass cups placed on a level surface. Dry ingredients, like flour and sugar, are measured most accurately in nesting cups that are flat on top, which allows you to level the dry ingredients with a spatula or baking spoon before adding them to the mixing bowl [source: Wilton]. Experts also recommend that flour and sugar be sifted when you're making cupcakes from scratch. Sifting helps prevent unfortunate lumps from ruining an otherwise perfect treat.