How to Bake Cupcakes

As a general rule, most cake recipes or mixes will work for cupcakes. Simply adjust the baking time for the smaller portion and test by inserting a toothpick during baking. Proper measuring is very important. For dry ingredients, spoon into nesting measuring cups, overfilling the top. Level by running a spatula along the top. For wet ingredients, use glass measuring cups. Pour to the exact level needed.

The best way to make perfect cupcakes is to prepare from the bottom up. Make sure you have the proper batter amount, baking temperature and time for the pan size you are using. Just consult the table below.

Quick Cupcake Tips

  • Fill pan cavities 1/2 to 2/3 full (2/3 fill assures a full, nicely rounded cupcake)
  • Always check cupcakes for doneness at the minimum baking time. 
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean or with just a few dry crumbs attached, your cupcake is done!
Pan Size Batter Amt. Baking Temp Baking Time Yield – 1 mix

Standard Muffin Pan

1/4 – 1/3 cup 350°F 18-20 minutes About 2 dozen

Mini Muffin Pan

1 heaping tablespoon 350°F 8-10 minutes About 5 dozen

Jumbo Muffin Pan

1/2 – 2/3 cup 350°F 20-22 minutes About 1 dozen