I’m not a professional baker. However, I bake a LOT of cupcakes. Here are some tips for you if you are just getting started.
Can I use a cake recipe?
You don’t need a cupcake recipe to bake cupcakes. You can use any cake recipe you like. Typically, cupcakes bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you are not sure, you should monitor closely. You can tell most cupcakes are done because they spring back when touched.
How high should I fill the cupcake liners?
This varies by cupcake recipe. I STRONGLY recommend baking a test cupcake if you are trying a new recipe. Fill your test cupcake liners halfway and see how high the cupcake rises. Some recipes don’t rise at all and others will double in size.
What’s the neatest way to fill the cupcake liner?
I use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liner. It works great!
How do you decorate the cupcakes?
One thing that I have learned is not to fight the frosting. Some frosting recipes can be piped onto a cupcake and make beautiful swirls. Other frostings are meant to be spread. If your frosting is thin, I think it’s better to spread it and think of a fun cupcake topper rather than to keep adding powdered sugar to try to get it to pipe. When I first started, I would mess with frostings for hours trying to get them to the proper consistency. Now, I just work with what I’ve got and I’m much happier.
Where do you get cupcake ideas from?
Cupcake ideas can come from anywhere! Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sometimes the craziest flavor combinations are surprisingly good.
How do you store cupcakes?
For food safety reasons, everyone says you should keep cupcakes with whipped cream, buttercream, cream cheese, or ganache frostings in the fridge. I admit – I don’t always do this. I always keep whipped cream and ganache in the fridge, but I often keep my buttercream and cream cheese frosted cupcakes in a Tupperware on the counter. I haven’t gotten sick yet, but some would argue that it’s not safe.
How long do cupcakes last?
Until they are all eaten! Cupcakes usually last about a week. However, this depends on the recipe.
What else do you want to know?
I’ll add my tips to this section to answer any other questions you may have.