10 Tips for Making Perfect Cupcakes


Pour Evenly

When it it's time to pour the cupcake batter, freehand isn't the way to go. Resist the urge to just eyeball the batter, which often results in cupcakes of varying size and doneness (small ones overcooked, bigger ones undercooked). Many cupcake enthusiasts swear by the ice cream scoop as a neat and accurate filling device. Of course, the tool you use to fill your cupcake pan doesn't really matter -- as long as you're consistent about filling each cup to the same level. Most bakers recommend filling them between 1/2 and 1/3 full, depending on the particular recipe. Some recipes double in size when baked, while others barely swell at all. Die-hard cupcake fans encourage baking a trial cupcake to ensure the best turnout of the batch. (Those of us who are less picky simply encourage a taste test or 12 to assess the turnout.)