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Cupcake Baking Tips

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.

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130 Responses to Cupcake Baking Tips

  1. Anonymous June 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow – you’re website is amazing! I just found it for the first time today and I love it. I love baking but usually make large cakes rather than individual ones but your website has really inspired me so I’m going to try some of your recipes. I live in England and just wanted to check whether you think I need to use English muffin or bun tins as I think US/UK terminology differs at lot in baking. Muffin tins here make bigger cakes. I’m think I probably need to use a bun tin but could you tell me approximate sizes of the cupcakes so I can check.

    Thanks
    Liz x

  2. Stef June 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    Thanks! Glad you are going to try out cupcakes! The baking cups that I use have a 2 in. (5 cm) diameter. They are roughly 1.13in. (2.85 cm) high. Hope that helps. I’m sure you could use your larger sized tins – you just might need to slightly increase your baking time.

  3. Anonymous June 15, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Thanks Stef – I’ll let you know how I get on.

    Liz x

  4. Lawanda July 24, 2008 at 9:00 am #

    Have you ever experimented with freezing your cupcakes? If so, how long do they generally last in the freezer and was the flavor affected by the freezing process?

  5. Stef July 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Lawanda – I really haven’t dome much cupcake freezing. I froze my Better than Sex Chocolate cupcakes and they were perfect when I defrosted them, but generally they all get eaten in the week I make them. Sorry I can’t help more right now. Maybe I should do some experimenting.

  6. Anonymous July 29, 2008 at 4:58 am #

    I’ve made a few of your cupcake receipes now and last weekend I tried one of chockylits (which I found via your website). Could you tell me what this means though?

    “2-1/4 cups”

    Does this mean two cups and one quarter cup?

    Thanks
    Liz

  7. Stef July 29, 2008 at 5:13 am #

    Liz – Yes! It means two cups and one quarter cup.

  8. Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 4:08 am #

    Thanks Stef – I’m thinking of making your snickerdoodle cup cakes next.

    Liz

  9. Anonymous August 4, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    help! i need 300 cupcakes for a DIY wedding… wanted to bake ahead of time, freeze and then frost a day or so before. what do you think? and how will the taste if set on the counter the night before?

  10. Stef August 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    Anon – It should work fine. Assuming you have some time before the wedding – what I would recommend that you do is to make one small test batch of each kind, freeze them, and defrost them just to make sure it all works right. Some cakes freeze better than others. Doing your little test run will also help ease your mind for the real thing.

  11. Mommy's Madness September 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    Hi I love reading ur blog, since I have new passion in trying to make cupcakes. If u don’t mind I put link to your blog too.
    Btw, do u have tips about filling and frosting the cupcake, please? Thanks!

  12. Stef September 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm #

    Mommy’s – Do you have a specific question about frosting the cupcakes? I’d be happy to help. As far as filling the cupcakes, do you mean putting a filling in the center of the cupcake or filling the cupcake liner? I use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners. It works really well. Thanks for link!

  13. Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    hi! im really into cupcakes lately im just having problems with the out come.. it comes out saggy ive tried different recipes and comes out the same. what could be the prob? thanks-
    purpleice

  14. Stef September 12, 2008 at 5:11 am #

    Anon – Have you checked your oven temp to make sure that it is working properly?

  15. Anonymous September 18, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    I only have 1 cupcake pan, so should I refrigerate the remaining batter in between baking each batch of cupcakes? Thanks!!!

  16. Stef September 18, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Anon – I never do. It should only be sitting out for 25 minutes or so. It should be fine.

  17. Stef September 18, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Anon – Oh, I should I also point out that our house is air conditioned. If your house is really hot, you might want to.

  18. Thee Sweet Boutique December 4, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it!! I am new to the cupcake blog world but hope to be around for a while!! You have some great cupcakes and love your projects 1.0and 2.o!!

  19. Mommy's Madness January 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Hi dear Stef,
    Sorry for not being specific enough on my question. I meant what is the best tip for the fillings inside the cupcake. Is it better be jelly, jam, buttercream or pudding, etc?
    Plus, sorry I have more questions: I made chocolate cupcake from oil based cake. I want to make other variations of flavor with this recipe. What should I do?
    And..I recently tried it to vanilla, but they had cracked mounted top. Was the oven too hot or else?
    Which do u think better for cupcake, the sponge cake type or pondcake type?
    Sorrrrryyyy for too many questions! U’re so kind. Thank u!

  20. Stef January 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Mommy’s – I have used jelly, jam, buttercream, pudding, and more for cupcake fillings. It is really just a personal preference.

    As for your second question, it’s really hard to say. There are so many options for flavors you can add to a chocolate cake. I really like coffee with chocolate and also chili. You can easily add different extracts and spices to your recipe.

    I’m not sure why your cupcakes cracked on top. Some recipes just do that. I never worry about it because you cover the top with frosting anyway. No one will ever know!

    Both sponge cake type and poundcake recipes work fine as cupcakes. However, I find that people prefer something in the middle of those two – a not to dense cake with a nice crumb.

  21. Anonymous January 19, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Thanks for all your information…
    How can I make a good flavor frosty?

  22. Stef January 27, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Anon – Sorry, but I don’t understand your question.

  23. Anonymous January 31, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    Hi! I love your blog :) Been trying to make cupcakes too and i followed some of your baking tips but then it just doesn’t seem to work with me. I used an ice cream scooper to fill my liners, I tried different sizes but all came out either too much or too little. Now I’m using a 2 tbsp. measuring spoon and it works fine but its just too time consuming since I have to use a small rubber spatula to scoop it out. What do size of scooper do you use? By the way I use a 3 oz. liners, is this right? Lastly, i tried making a white chocolate cupcake and the ingredients call for coconut milk/cream. It tastes great but I noticed that when it comes out the center sinks, does this have to do with the coconut cream? Or I’m doing something wrong? Help!! so sorry for my endless question! :) Hope to hear from you!

  24. Stef February 3, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I use these cupcake liners:
    http://www.confectioneryhouse.com/home.php?cat=653

    As for the size scoop, my scoop holds 4 T. Depending on the recipe, the cupcake liners need to be filled to varying amounts, so I don’t always use a whole scoop.

    Hard to say what happened with the sinking. It could be the coconut milk, but may also have to do with the amount of baking powder in the recipe. If my cupcakes sink, I usually don’t worry much about it and just fill the hole with more frosting!

  25. Anonymous February 6, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Good cupcake baking tips – thanks. One question – when I bake cupcakes, while they are still baking in the oven they rise beautifully, then once done and I take them out to cool, the nice dome-shaped top flattens.

  26. Stef February 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    Re the sinking – I’m wondering if that happens with every recipe you make or just with a particular recipe. I wonder if perhaps you are taking them out of the oven too soon? Always make sure that the cupcakes bounce back when touched before taking them out of the oven.

  27. Anonymous March 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Do you know why cupcakes sometimes spread over the top of the cup instead of crown nicely? Is it because they are overfilled?

    Thanks, Maureen

  28. Stef March 3, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    It could be because they are overfilled. Also, some recipes are designed to dome and others are not. With some cupcakes, you can fill the batter to the top of the liner and everything works just fine. With others, you need to only fill halfway or it will bubble over and look nasty.

  29. Lani March 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    How can I make my cupcake moist and cakey? I read that adding applesauce instead of oil will make it moist? In your experience, is it right? Kindly help me and enlighten me about this. Thanks.

  30. Stef March 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Lani – That is not something I’ve ever heard. Although, it may be true. I’m not an expert on the science behind baking. I just experiment with recipes until I find ones that have the consistency and flavor that I like. As far as moist cakey cupcakes go, I think this recipe is about perfect. You can use just about any liquid instead of the orange juice concentrate to get whatever flavor you’d like.

  31. Scarlett March 10, 2009 at 2:18 am #

    Hi! I’ve just started baking and have been experimenting with some cupcake recipes. the first couple of batches turned out ok, but then they started rising unevenly- in pointy domes at an angle, almost horizontally. Also, they are super crisp on the outside and undercooked on the inside.
    I don’t think it is a prob with oven, temp etc cause the 1st ones are ok.
    Could I be overmixing, or is it because I took out the sugar in the batter? or is there not enough fat.
    CAn anyone PLEASE HELP and explain to me what is going on!

  32. Scarlett March 10, 2009 at 2:20 am #

    I’ve just started baking and I’ve been experimenting with some cupcake recipes. Except I’m having a pretty major problem-they keep rising at a aerious angle, like a dome going to the side. They are also super crispy on the outside and undercooked on the inside.
    The first couple of batches turned out ok, so I doubt it is the oven or temperature etc. Could a flaw this serious be because of overmixing? I also stopeed putting sugar in the batter, could this be the cause? I’ve continued to use the same amount of baking powder for the successful and non successful batches, so I don’t think this is the problem.

    SOMEONE PLEASE HELP, I’M GOING BONKERS!

  33. Stef March 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Scarlett – I would highly recommend that if you just started baking you begin by working with tried and true recipes. Removing the sugar from a recipe will very likely affect its consistency. Perhaps you could find some recipes that already don’t have sugar in them to try?

  34. John G July 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    I just made these and shared them with colleagues at work. They turned out great!

    One problem was that the crust was too thick at 1/4″. I ended up with only enough crust for 20 cupcakes as opposed to 30. Also, there was a bit too much buttery crust flavor in each bite. Next time I make these, I will roll the dough a bit thinner.

    Also, I cut the streusel topping recipe by half as you suggested, and I ended up short (enough for about 16 cupcakes). I will make the full streusel topping recipe next time.

    Otherwise, great recipe! I love sweet potato pie, and I know Obama would be so proud!

  35. John G July 23, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Oops, I meant to post that comment that under the Inauguration Cupcakes article. Now it’s there as well : )

  36. Emily August 10, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    Hi Stef. I love your website! I am making cupcakes for a friend’s wedding and when I made a test batch they tasted great, but some of the liners started to pull away from the cakes when I started frosting or soon thereafter. How can I prevent this from happening with the real batch? Did I take them out of the cupcake pan too soon? Or did I not wait long enough for them to cool? Or maybe those liners (they were just the cheap kind) were at fault? Any tips would be helpful!!

    Thanks!
    Emily

  37. B.J. August 11, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    Hi Stef. I haven’t been that much around your site yet, but I for one am missing some basic information in your Cupcake Baking Tips (and I think you should mention it there, if “answering” this comment).

    What is the difference between a muffin and a cup cake?

    I am sure there are many other non-Anglo people around the world who don’t know the difference. I have looked it up elsewhere, so now I know, but it would have been good information in your post, too, along with the other interesting information. Now I know that here in Denmark we basically only have muffins (apparently the cup cakes have not yet been “imported”). :-)

  38. Stef August 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Emily – Some recipes are more likely to pull away from the liners than other, but I would try using better quality liners before blaming the recipe. I really like the ones from Fancy Flours.

    B.J. – Here is a link to my post on cupcakes vs muffins.

  39. Loda August 13, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    I’ve just found your avocado and lime recipe which i’m going to give a go this weekend. Your site is FAB btw.

    Loda

  40. Anonymous October 24, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    i just came across your website today and found it facinating. i am only 15 years old and have the constant urge to bake cupcakes, there delicious! the only problem is that there isn’t enough people to eat them!

  41. Rosalie October 29, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    I didn’t read every post about freezing, but most cupcakes can be frozen without their frosting. Let them thaw completely before frosting and they’re perfect. I haven’t found one yet that didn’t freeze and defrost well but, as Liz said, they don’t stay around all that long.

  42. Stef October 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    15 year old – I’m sure you could find people to eat them! Do your friends not like cupcakes?

    Rosalie – Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to hear that you’ve had such success with freezing.

  43. Anonymous December 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Hello~ :3 Sorry for bothering you, but i was wondering if you knew any ingredients that you think are essential to making cupcakes. I found this website really helpful and I think you could become a professional cupcake maker easily~
    Thank you~

  44. Anonymous February 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Can you double up cupcake liners so that patterned papers don’t disappear when baking? They get translucent but I’m afraid if I put a plain paper instead the patterned one won’t ‘stick’.

  45. Stef February 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Doubling liners hasn’t worked for me. The outer liner does not stick. However, not all cupcake liners become translucent. I’ve had a lot of success with the liners at fancyflours.com .

  46. Miss. Tarrah Dame March 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Love the tips! I’ll keep them in mind for my cupcake blog!
    http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

  47. Anonymous May 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Do you have any tips for preventing the liner from pulling away from the cupcake ?

  48. Stef May 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Anon – There are many reasons that the cupcakes could separate from the liners. This is the best post that I have seen on the subject: http://iheartcuppycakes.com/2010/03/02/ask-ihc-7/. Hope that helps.

  49. CurlyCupcake July 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I love your blog! I’ve linked to it on my pretty new cupcake blog (http://adventures-in-cupcakes.com/), I hope that’s okay. I do have a question or you though…have you ever shipped cupcakes? I’m constantly trying to find a way to ship cupcakes so they stay in tact but I’ve had no luck. I was hoping to find someone out there that’s been able to do it!

  50. Stef July 15, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Curly – Of course I don’t mind about the link. As for the shipping – the only way I know of is to ship the frosting separately in a ziplock bag and let people pipe their own.

  51. CurlyCupcake July 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Thanks Stef, that’s what I was thinking too, and thanks for the visit to my blog!

  52. Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    OH MAN! First off, looove your website. You’ve made me even more obsessed with cupcakes than before. I decided to made cupcakes for my daughter’s 2nd birthday and while doing test batches.. all of my cupcakes are falling and.. well, exploding. I know it’s partly to do with me overfilling them but I think the other problem is high altitude. I live in Denver and was wondering if you have any tips to make recipes high altitude friendly? Thanks in advance!!!

  53. Stef July 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Anon – I haven’t had to bake at high altitudes, but I found a great article on Epicurious about it. I hope it helps.

  54. Anonymous August 12, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    When traveling to deliver your cupcakes what is the best to keep the frosting from melting in the car? Ie. cream cheese and buttercream frosting.

  55. Anonymous August 19, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I am looking for a light carrot cupcake recipe? I don’t want them to be heavy like bricks. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  56. Stef August 19, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    If you are traveling, make sure to pre-cool your car (like you would preheat your oven). Get it completely cooled down before bringing the cupcakes in the car.

    Here’s my fav carrot cupcakes.

  57. Anonymous August 24, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    This is a great site. Love all the tips. I have an issue with the frosting on my cupcakes.

    After I take the cakes out of the oven and let them completely cool i put the icing on. The icing is sliding off. Is this because the icing is to hot ? Do i need to refrigerate it before putting it on ?

  58. Stef August 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Anon – No, you do not need to refrigerate first. Is it really hot in your house? That could be a factor. Also, what kind of frosting are you using?

  59. Laura August 29, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Dear Stef – you’re blog is so great! I have had a passion for baking for a long time and have been wanting to start my own blog for a while now. Seeing how succesful and fun yours is inspired me to get mine going. I put you on my blogroll :) http://www.thebakinggallery.com
    Thanks for the inspiration and keep it up! I love reading your recipes.

  60. Anonymous August 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    I just made a batch of peanut butter cupcakes and they came out a bit dry. Any ideas as to why and how I could fix that? They taste a little like a biscuit, not a cupcake.

  61. Stef August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Anon – The easiest thing to do would be to simply use another recipe. But, you could also try poking holes in the cupcakes after baking (before frosting) and drizzling some simple syrup into them. That will help to make them moister.

  62. dewunderrock September 22, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    Hi Stef. Lengthy post so bear with me. I’ve had your site bookmarked for ages and I lurk from time to time just enjoying your posts (& indulging my cupcake envy). I’m quite the clutz in the kitchen but started my own cc experiments mainly for my 2 little boys. Although my cuppies are good on the taste front,I haven’t had much success turning out beautifully domed or flat-topped cupcakes. My cc tops are either sunken or cracked or crispy or dense or overflown & funky or any combo of quirkiness. The closest I came to a ‘normal’ cupcake was 2 days ago using ‘The Hummingbird Bakery’ recipe for vanilla/marshmallow cupcakes, which was a totally new (& easy) way of mixing batter for me. I got the recipe from goodtoknow.co.uk. You see, I have to make eggless cupcakes as my 2 1/2 loves ‘cuh-cakes’ but is allergic to eggs among other things. I’ve searched the web endlessly for tips & I’ve figured I probably, aside from eliminating eggs, have been 1. using too much leavening agents (up to 2 tsp per 1 1/2 cups of flour), 2. undermixing (for fear of overmixing), 3. fan-oven temp too low @ 160C-170C (bought an oven therm, finally), 4. opening the oven @ the 20-min mark (which may be too soon for eggless cc), 5. using both US & metric measurements (i’ve got cups, spoons, beakers & a scale, no prob there) or 5. tweaking recipes to make them allergen-free (entirely my fault & I can’t stop myself). I have, gladly & willingly, utilised your tip on filling the sunken cc with icing but would appreciate any other advice, esp. regarding eggless baking. Until then, I shall continue to draw inspiration from your cupcakes. -Michelle

  63. Stef September 22, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Michelle – I would recommend using the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World as a starting point. All of their recipes are egg-free. If you want to use butter, you can sub the vegetable oil in their recipes for butter, but you’ll have a much easier time making substitutions if you start with a recipe that already doesn’t have eggs. Good luck!

  64. dewunderrock September 23, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Thank you for replying so quickly. Yes, I have considered buying VCTOTW but haven’t had any luck finding it here in Harrow, UK. Looks like I’ll have to purchase the book from Amazon. Thanks again for the input and taking the time to respond.

  65. Eli aka Negra Cabreada November 5, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Help! This has happened to me several times, whenever I try to bake cupcakes, they first start rising, then it’s like the surface hardens too fast because they “blow” a hole on the edge and spill on the side. This is a picture of how they end up looking: http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/elm0505/Foto0414.jpg
    What am I doing wrong?
    TIA

  66. Anonymous November 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Help Me Too!

    I have a fantastic chocolate cupcake recipe I use to make minis.

    The only major issues is the famous paper liner pulling away from the cupcake. I have tested and read extensively to see how I can correct the problem.

    I bake at 325 degrees. I originally started at 12 mins, which of course was too much time. I tried again, starting at 8 mins(not baked) then went up in increments of 30 seconds to find 9min 30secs was the right amount however i still get the pulling away from the liner. When I add nuts to the batter the pulling away is only slightly an issue. It’s gotta be a moisture thing. Maybe too much moisture pushes the paper away?

    I have even tried a variety of liners…all show the same issue.

    Is there something else I can do?
    What happens with reducing the heat and increasing the time?
    How can I adjust the recipe enough to get it to work better but not get rid of the great flavor.

    Hope you can help!

  67. Stef November 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Eli – Does this happen with every recipe that you use? I’m wondering if it had to do with uneven baking? Does it happen regardless of what shelf of the oven that you put the cupcakes on? Have you tried rotating your pan half way through baking? Or maybe your batter isn’t mixed well enough?

    Anon – I’m impressed with all of your experimentation! As you said, it is probably just a matter of those cupcakes being too moist. You could try baking in mini nut cups instead of cupcake liners. That would look cute and would allow you to use the recipe that you love.

  68. Anonymous November 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Any other ways to reduce the moisture? Would rather stick with traditional liners as I always have issues getting a cupcake out of those nut cups. Good suggestion though.

  69. Skippy November 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Just a note to everyone having problems with cupcakes, collapsing, cratering, etc. A lot of times that means your oven is too cold or too hot. Ovens are often calibrated wrong. Just get an oven thermometer (found in grocery stores or houseware stores, usually about $8-9) and use that to judge what temperature your oven is at any given time.

    Now my question! I don’t have lots of cupcake tins. If I can only bake a few cupcakes at a time, should I put the waiting batter in the fridge? Or leave it at room temp? Or is it just a bad idea all together and neither will help? Thanks!

  70. Eli aka Negra Cabreada November 17, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    I finally found out what the problem was: I used a minioven instead of a regular one, so I guess the temperature was too hot and air didn’t circulate properly. Last week I tried a regular oven and it turned out great (and this time I didn’t even preheat properly) I think that temperature is the key

  71. Stef November 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Skippy – Leave it at room temp. If you must refrigerate, bring the batter back to room temp before baking.

    Eli – Yay! I’m glad you figured out!

  72. Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Do you have experience with storing whipped cream, buttercream, cream cheese, and ganache frostings in the long term (like freezing them) and the short term (like refrigeration)? If so, could you tell me what procedure you took with each type of frosting and how long they will keep? Thanks for your tips! I appreciate it.

  73. Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Read your whole entire blog in one day. Great ideas. Love the tips and what you’ve done. Inspired me to get creative!

    Thank you!!!!!!

  74. Stef January 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Anon – Are you asking about frosting on cupcakes or just frosting? I don’t have much experience with storing frosting alone. If you are asking about frosting on cupcakes, I’ve kept all of these kinds of frosting in the refrigerator and I would say that they are still good after about 5 days. However, be sure to bring the cupcake to room temperature before serving. I have frozen ganche, buttercream, and cream cheese frostings with great success for a few weeks (it might last longer, but I haven’t tried). I haven’t experimented with freezing whipped cream.

    Anon – WOW! I’m honored! That must have taken a *really* long time.

  75. Hollye February 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I had to laugh about the comment you made about where to store the cupcakes. Reminded me about the saying…”It’s always fun until someone loses an eye”..ok maybe just me thinks it’s funny. I don’t keep my cream cheese frosted cupcakes in the fridge either. I am still alive after 53 years!!!

  76. Alexandra February 15, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Hi, Stef. My name’s Alexandra and I’m a hobby baker myself. Plus, I am a hobby photographer and I do professional graphic design. So I have two questions:

    First, I am from Germany. Here we measure ingredients in grams and I’m not used to use cups and so on. Now I wanted to make a selfmade measuring cup since I really didn’t find any to buy here. How much grams do you consider a cup?
    The rest isn’t really important since I calculate everything else from that. 1 cup = 8 fl oz = 16 tablespoons = 48 teaspoons and so on. I’d be really really grateful for an answer!

    Second question: Which camera do you use? The pictures are amazing, you just want to crawl into the computer and just eat them.

    I love your blog, keep doing what you’re doing.

    Alexa

  77. Tracey Leigh's Cupcakery February 17, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Love the new graphics on the blog -I must admit, I was a little afraid of the cupcake…the new graphics suit the tone of your blog much better!!

  78. Stef February 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Alexandra – The number of grams in a cup depends on what you are measuring. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_grams_are_in_a_cup

    Here is the photo gear that Jonathan uses: http://astore.amazon.com/httpwwwstldio-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=5

  79. Redwinechick February 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Stef – I am so glad I found your website! I am not a professional baker and I recently agreed to make 250 cupcakes for my cousin’s wedding. Now I’m completely hung up on the logistics of getting them to the reception. My original plan was to bake the cupcakes and freeze them, then pipe the frosting between the wedding and reception. I still think this could work, but everyone else thinks I’m crazy to do this and would not enjoy the wedding. If I chose to decorate them at home instead, how would you recommend I transport 250 cupcakes without ruining them?

  80. Stef February 24, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Redwine – I’ve tried a few different ways, but I think this time around I’m going to use cupcake boxes from http://www.brpboxshop.com/cupcake-boxes-and-holders-standard.html . Don’t forget to air condition your car before bringing the cupcakes into it.

  81. Redwinechick February 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Thanks for your response and helpful tip about air conditioning the car before hand! (I’m sure I’ll be referring to your site often.)

  82. Ester February 26, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Hello! This site is amazing. My question is Which is the best frosting or icing for piping?

  83. mariaelena.valdez February 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Hello, I’m baking the cupcakes for my son’s 1st birthday party and I’m making a devil’s food chocolate cupcake from scratch and I’m going to use your Banana Whipped Cream Recipe… for the frosting…andI also wanted to fill the cupcakes with bavarian cream…so my question is …Is this to much for a cupcake? And can I decorate these the night before and they be safe to eat..or will they melt? Thanks =)

  84. mariaelena.valdez February 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Can your banana whipped cream be pipped for decorating cupcakes?

  85. Stef March 3, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Ester – Buttercream is the best for piping. Cream cheese frosting also works well.

    Mariaelena.valdez – Sorry I wrote you back to late on this one. :( Banana whipped cream is not the best choice for fancy piping, but you can make a basic swirl.

  86. Ester March 4, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks!

  87. Sherry March 19, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Hi Stef,

    I think it’s great that you’re making yourself available and accessible to newbies and pros alike. It’s not often that you get to ask questions directly to someone with a lot of experience baking within a specific genre.

    As for my questions, I really have two in one. I have been toying with the idea of putting a filling in the cupcakes but am not sure the procedure or the best types of things to fill it with (cream vs syrup vs pudding). Also, I have read somewhere about using a moistening syrup when making layered cakes for weddings and events, but is there an easy way to do a moistening syrup with cupcakes?

    I ask because I have been doing cakes for a while but just forayed into cupcakes in the last month or so. Most of the time, the cupcakes turn out really well, and I love being artsy with the decorating. However, last night, I finally tried making the Waldorf-Astoria Red Velvet cake recipe (except with cupcakes), and they came out a shade too dry for my taste. Everyone else loved them, but I guess I am just too self-critical and am looking for a way to improve the texture for the future.

    Thanks so much, Stef. I really appreciate you, your time, and your website.

  88. kbodycreations March 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    WOW!! I’m just finding your site and I love it. I have a question for you. What do you think makes a great cupcake, moist and dense or light and fluffy? I want a really moist melt in your mouth cupcake but still fluffy. I’ve used some sour cream which really makes for a moist cupcake. However, the cupcake turns out a little dense. So, my ultimate goal is to have a moist “from scratch” cupcake but fluffier. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  89. Stef March 27, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    kbody – I think that great cupcakes come in a all textures. My personal favorite cupcakes are pretty dense. That’s just how I like them. One thing you can try to make your cupcakes a bit fluffier is separating the eggs, whipping the egg whites and folding them in at the end. Good luck in your quest!

  90. Stef March 27, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Sherry – I’m so sorry that it took me a while to get back to you after you left such a nice comment.

    As far as filling – anything goes. I’ve used fruit, jams, whipped cream, frosting, mousse, chocolate, etc. There are lots of ways to fill a cupcake, but probably the easiest is to use a cupcake corer. http://amzn.to/eEBYXe

    You can use a moistening syrup with cupcakes. Just poke holes in the cooled cupcake and drizzle the syrup on top of it. Works like a charm.

  91. kbodycreations March 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Thanks Stef!!

  92. Leah April 6, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Hello there! I had a question regarding cheesecake cupcakes. I have a recipe for a large cheesecake, but would like to make them into mini cheesecakes for a dinner party (they are easier to handle… and then I can test one beforehand, too!) I was wondering if you had any tips for making this transition. Thanks so much (P.s.- my friend and I are obsessed with your blog! Thanks for all the great ideas and tempting recipes!)

  93. Stef April 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Leah – Thanks! It’s really easy to convert big cheesecakes to mini ones. You can use the same recipe. All you need to do is reduce the baking time – typically it takes about 20-25 minutes.

  94. Shelley April 15, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    Hi Stef! Wow! I am addicted to this website!! I saw your feature in the BHG Cupcake magazine and was fascinated by the Beer-Cheese cupcakes! I am in Grad school right now and have been bringing weekly cupcakes to my peers because I’m doing a Share Our Strength-Great American Bake Sale in a couple of weeks and need feedback on what kinds to make! I just HAD to surprise them with such a unique flavor! They were an absolute hit!! Next up, I’m making your Oreo cupcakes and can’t wait for more rave reviews! Thank you for such a funny, inspirational, delicious, and informative website!

    Shelley

  95. Amanda April 25, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I sometimes have trouble with my cupcakes getting dry after a day or so… I would like themto last a little longer. I have tried baking them less time, different recipes, not over mixing the flour, etc… it’s hit or miss!! Any suggestions?

  96. Stef April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Shelley – Thanks so much!! What a sweet comment!

    Amanda – How are you storing them? I keep mine in a closed Tupperware-type container and they seem to hold up pretty well. The frosting holds in the moisture.

  97. Anonymous May 16, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Hi fab website, I’m a keen cupcake baker and wondered if you could help? I struggle with the amount of time to whip the frosting (with a free-stading electric whisk), the recipe I use says the longer you whip it the lighter it becomes, but I find it starts to become like mousse (and has lots of air pockets) and so isn’t smooth when it’s piped?

    Also after I’ve frosted my cupcakes and stored them in a tupperware-like box, the frosting starts to go shiny/sticky? Is this due to too much moisture in the tub or air? Thanks in advance! :o )

  98. Stef May 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Anon – What type of frosting are you referring too? Different frosting styles would have different mixing times.

  99. Seren July 24, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Hi, Love this website! Really useful hints and tips! Very inspiring!! I have a question I’m experimenting with some vanilla cupcake recipes! I’m having trouble with them as when I take them out of the oven they sink and come away from the cupcake liners. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?

  100. Stef July 25, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Seren – Check out my baking FAQs. I have sections on those exact questions. http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2007/01/frequently-asked-cupcake-questions.html

  101. Aurora September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Hello, Does the Cupcake pan have anything to do with the way cupcakes dome? Or is the weather more of a culprit??? Little history… Last Friday We had a very hot and humid day in Los Angeles, and my Cupcakes Separated from liners & collapsed in the middle in my new fancy uncoated Aluminum Cupcake pan. However, I got better results with my second batch that same night from the cheapy disposable Aluminum pans. Go Figure??!!!

  102. Marci November 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    I am planning on making a large number of cupcakes for Christmas, have you ever frozen and then defrosted pumpkin and snickerdoodle cupcakes? I am just wondering if they end up dry after defrosting?

  103. Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Hi Stef, I made cupcakes this morning and they came out badly. It was my first attempt at making cupcakes. But I’ve made cakes before a few times.
    1) The outer layer of the cupcakes was crisp, the cupcakes attained a doomed shape but the inner layer was raw and undercooked.
    2) The outer layer started cracking after 12 minutes. My total baking time was 14 minutes at 190 degrees celcius.
    3)The cupcakes became very hard after cooling.

    Please help me identify what I need to rectify/change to get good cupcakes.

  104. Anonymous December 4, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    How long are you supposed to leave them in the oven? Im going to make Rainbow cupcakes so do you know?

  105. Stef December 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Aurora – Yes, the pan can make a difference. But, there certainly could have been other factors at play.

    Marci – Yes, they should be just fine!

    Anonymous – It sounds like your oven was too hot.

    Anonymous – It’s typically 15-20 minutes.

  106. Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I am (unfortunately) lactose intolerant and so I use soy, almond, or coconut in lieu of cow’s milk. How will these milks affect my cupcakes, and is there a “better” choice of the three?
    Thank you!
    Deanna

  107. Patti January 12, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    I baked cupckes last evening, Wednesday, and want to ice them on Friday. Is it ok to just keep them covered and leave out, not refrigerate them?

  108. Stef January 12, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Anon – I often use soy milk in baking. Just use it in any recipe that calls for milk and you’ll be fine.

    Patti – Yes. I keep mine at room temp in a covered container.

  109. Patti January 12, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Thank you so much for your prompt response. I will be icing them tomorrow, using them Saturday.

  110. Anonymous January 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    The last time I made cupcakes, I had a really hard time getting the paper cup to pull away from the cake. I’m going to be making cupcakes for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I want to make sure I don’t have that problem. What can I do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

    Thank you,
    Michelle

  111. Judi January 29, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Love your website…refer to it often. Been working my way through a cupcake cookbook and tried a Triple Citrus recipe. The flavors from the citrus peel made them so aromatic..yum…but they were tough!
    I made them again using cake flour…better but still not tender. How do I correct this? PS – no baking powder or soda in the recipe…??? Thanks, Judi
    My favorite recipe of yours is the Pistachio with Rosemary and Cherry Glaze.

  112. Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Stef

    I had a question I was hoping you wouldn’t mind answering.

    I made a batch of cupcakes yesterday using valrhona cocoa. They were *amazing* yesterday but today they tasted dry. I kept them in a tupperware cake holder on the kitchen counter overnight so I don’t know what I did wrong?!

    Many thanks

    Samantha

    • Stef April 3, 2012 at 4:03 am #

      Hmm.. it’s hard to say. I’m not sure why that would have happened. I’ve never had that experience.

  113. More Like June April 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Very helpful! Thank you! You came up on my Google “how long to bake cupcake” search. I am using the Bulk Barn cake mix left from my son’s BDay cake. Its so delicious. Gluten-free all that jazz. Time for some Easter cupcakes and use up this left over cake mix!
    Happy Easter!

  114. Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I am making 250 cupcakes for a wedding this weekend. Before when I’ve used the classic swirl for icing cupcakes, the edge of the cupcakes that weren’t covered in icing dried out and got very hard. How do you keep cupcakes from drying out while decorating so many and then store them until the reception?

    • Stef April 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      How quickly did they dry out? Mine usually stay good for several days.

    • Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 5:15 am #

      They were probably out for about a day. Is a regular bakery box air tight enough to keep them fresh? How do you store yours?

  115. Deepali June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Hey!i just love ur site.its informative & i gues i just got lucky i hooked on the topic i just wanted:). do u have any idea how to deliver whipped cream frosted cupcakes?

  116. lylaburns123 June 15, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I also saw your mention in the cupcake magazine and it was awesome! I wish I had your amount of cupcake skills in the form of decorating skills. We are doing family room decorating and I’m having a really hard time deciding what to do. Things come so naturally to you, and you have such talent!

  117. Anonymous June 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Hello, I have a question… If I make cupcakes on Thursday and keep them airtight in a container will they keep for the Saturday?
    And how well does amaretto cupcakes last for???

    • Stef July 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Yes! Most cupcakes should last a few days in an airtight container. You’d be fine.

  118. Anonymous July 3, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Huge dilemma,
    Whenever I try and make cupcakes with really cute baking cup designs, after I bake them, the design is either very hard to see or it smears and soaks completely with the cake so that the color or design of the baking cup cannot even be seen. Any suggestions on how to prevent this from happening???? Thanks

    • Stef July 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Look for grease-proof baking cupcakes. Those will not have that problem.

  119. Vanessa Tewell September 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    I would like to know is it better to leave the liner on the cupcake after baking or should you keep it on the cupcake to maintain cupcake moisture?

  120. wholovesyoumost.com May 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article!
    It is the little changes that produce the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!

  121. Nicole May 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Can you recommend a cupcake pan? From reading I know the lighter colors are better. I do a ton of baking and I really want them to hold up over time. Do you have a brand that you consistently use?

    • Stef May 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      I’ve been really happy with my pan from Chicago Metallic.

  122. Nicole May 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks!

  123. Debbie March 7, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    How do i keep the outer part (layer) of my cupcake moist without frosting

    • Stef March 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      I’m not sure I follow your question. If you are looking to make unfrosted cupcakes, just keep them well sealed in an air-tight container and they should stay moist.

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