Let’s Bake Some Cupcakes!

Baking Cupcakes

Everyone loves cupcakes! These hand-held delights are easy to make and wonderful to eat. You may be surprised at how simple they are to bake at home.

How to Make Cupcakes

baking cupcakes

A cupcake is a small, rounded cake typically baked in a paper or aluminum cup. It’s often decorated with frosting, fruit or other toppings such as sprinkles or candy. The most important thing to remember when making a cupcake is to not over bake, they can dry out quickly.  Using a non-stick cupcake pan will make the whole process much easier.  Make sure you are using the right bakeware.

The most basic ingredient for baking cupcakes is butter. The butter should be room temperature, but if it gets too soft it can always be refrigerated for a few hours. The eggs should be at room temperature as well. This will help your cupcakes bake more evenly and faster, helping to keep them from becoming too dry.  The oven temperature is also important, make sure that your oven is accurate when it comes to the temp.

Always Follow Your Recipe

If you’re making cupcakes from scratch, you should follow the recipe exactly. When you bake a cupcake, make sure the batter is not too thick. Do not over bake the cakes or they will become dry and crumbly.  The old school way of using a toothpick to check doneness is still the most efficient way to see if your dessert is done.  A clean toothpick means done, if there is batter on the toothpick you need to bake a bit longer.

It’s good to experiment with different flavors and combinations. Most people think that a vanilla or chocolate cupcake only comes from a box or can’t be customized. But this is not true! You add almost any flavor to a cupcake batter and have great results.  Adding a filling is usually done after baking with a syringe or some other tool that allows you to inject the filling from the bottom or side of the cupcake.

If you’re baking cupcakes from scratch, you can use different types of flour, sugar and flavors. You can even experiment with additions to the batter such as candy pieces. Once the batter is mixed, pour it into the muffin cups and bake for the time stated in the recipe. You can then add a bit of frosting for each cupcake, experiment with flavors, and see which ones work best for your palate.