10 Tips for Making Perfect Cupcakes


Cook Carefully

Baking times and temperatures vary based on the recipe and type of pan you're using. For most recipes, the standard 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius) will do the trick nicely. When you're baking tiny treats in a mini-muffin pan, however, the smaller amount of batter requires less cooking time. Miniature cupcakes need only eight to 10 minutes in the oven, compared with 18 to 20 minutes for standard size cupcakes. King-sized cupcakes need a little extra time to cook completely through, about 24 to 26 minutes [source: Wilton]. Experts recommend that cupcakes be checked at the minimum suggested baking time to avoid unintentional overcooking. The old-fashioned toothpick test is a great way to gauge doneness. Insert the toothpick into the center of the cupcake top. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are finished. Another age-old test is a little more hands-on: When you touch a cupcake with your fingertip, finished ones will spring back to form.