Basic Cupcake Baking Tips

Jumbo Chocolate Cupcakes

Jumbo Chocolate Cupcakes

Our Basic Cupcake Making Tips

Downsize your favorite cake…

You can turn almost any cake recipe into cupcakes. I recently decided to turn a chocolate cake recipe that was a success into something even more spectacular – cupcakes.  King size cupcakes that is, which in turn equals about 2 ½ regular cupcakes.  Almost any cake recipe can become a cupcake – jumbo, regular, or mini.  Just be sure to keep watch over your oven; baking times vary.  The safest bet is to a keep your eye on them.

What to do after baking…

After baking I am quick to remove my cupcakes from the pan, maybe a bit too quick.  I fear by letting them sit in a hot pan they will “over-bake”.  Once they are out of the oven, I use my offset spatula to pop them right out.  Then I immediately place them on a cooling rack.

I must admit, I am a “last minute” kinda girl and have often been tempted to frost early…this is a no no!  Unless your recipe calls for it, do not try frosting before the cakes are completely cooled – it never ends well, trust me. 

The subject of frosting…

Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, you can frost. A generous amount of frosting is always good, but don’t go overboard.  Frosting tends to be extremely sweet, so a little goes a long way.  Try to create a balance of cake and frosting.

Directly after frosting, I get the cupcakes into the fridge. This helps set the frosting.  Buttercream, in my opinion, tastes best when it’s not too cold.  It can become hard and unappealing if it’s too cold – it is butter, after all.

It is best to keep your cupcakes chilled up until 15-30 minutes before serving.  Letting them come to room temperature will ensure that the frosting tastes its best.

Cupcake liners and wrappers…

Lastly, I need to mention cupcake liners and wrappers.  When baking a chocolate cupcake, plain wrappers work the best. The pretty printing on some wrappers just disappears with chocolate cake – so it can be a waste. It is best to use the fancy printed liners and wrappers with a lighter colored cupcake.

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The cupcakes pictured are chocolate cake with a decadent chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream, topped with a chocolate covered strawberry, YUMMY!

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7 Responses to “Basic Cupcake Baking Tips”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Nice! I made these exact cupcakes a few weeks ago:

    http://www.wasabimon.com/archive/gluten-free-chocolate-dipped-strawberry-cupcakes/

    Funny how they look almost exactly the same, isn’t it?

  2. Jen @ MaplenCornbread Says:

    Excellent tips!!!! Beautiful cupcakes!

  3. spongebob coloring pages Says:

    I have an excellent recipe from a bakery cookbook. I will type it up later (bubs is on my knee ATM) but it makes about 24 muffin size very sofy melt in your mouth muffins. they take a bit of mixing but well worth the effort. I used OJ instead of milk one time and they make orange cupcakes. I usually make a really creamy icing that is yummy. You will need a muffin tray and the white muffin papers. I make an icing out of beating sour cream and icing sugar but will find a recipe. Will do it by tonight! Nothing fancy required.

  4. Alummoottil Says:

    I have an excellent recipe from a bakery cookbook. I will type it up later (bubs is on my knee ATM) but it makes about 24 muffin size very sofy melt in your mouth muffins. they take a bit of mixing but well worth the effort. I used OJ instead of milk one time and they make orange cupcakes. I usually make a really creamy icing that is yummy. You will need a muffin tray and the white muffin papers. I make an icing out of beating sour cream and icing sugar but will find a recipe. Will do it by tonight! Nothing fancy required….

  5. Kristy Says:

    I am dampering in the cupcake cuteness, and I was wondering what tip you used for the swirls. I have the 12 tip, but it looks small. Is there a Jumbo round Tip out there? WHere can I get one?

    Those chocolate cupcakes with the dipped strawberry on top look SOOOOOO cute. I just want to pull it out of my screen and eat it!! LOL.

  6. JodyCakes Says:

    I did not use a tip with these cupcakes…I simply used the piping bag. The hole at the end seemed to be the perfect size. I also have been on the hunt for larger tips at my local craft stores, they can be hard to find. I know for sure online you can find just about anything…good luck in your hunt!

  7. Veda Hillie Says:

    nice post, I enjoyed reading your blog. Ill have to bookmark it and read more of it later. How often do you update?

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