Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cupcake Baking Tips

• Every pan, liner, and oven are different so you should monitor your first batch of cupcakes closely.  Check after 10 minutes of baking time to insure that your cupcakes are cooking evenly.  You may need to turn the cupcakes halfway through baking time to guarantee even baking if your oven cooks faster towards the rear of the oven.

• Do not overfill your liners.  Filling liners 1/2 to 2/3 full is plenty for regular size cupcakes.   If you overfill, the batter will spill out on top of the pan, and you will have a sticky, gooey mess to clean up.

• Bake all of our cupcake recipes on the middle rack of your oven unless otherwise noted.

• It is a personal decision whether or not to use cupcake liners when you prepare cupcake recipes.  If not using liners, you will need to butter and flour the individual sections of your cupcake pans.  Store bought sprays that combine butter and flour work well for this purpose.  Even if you use this type of spray, you still run the risk of having your beautiful cupcakes stick to the edges of the cooking pan.

• Cupcake liners are inexpensive and easy to use.  They not only make cleanup easier, but they add to the decoration of your cupcakes.  You may use paper or foil cupcake liners.  The choice is yours.

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