Cupcakes are sweet, small, dessert cakes that are made to serve one person. They are Cupcakes are baked in small tins or sometimes in small aluminium cups. Similar to larger cakes, frosting, icing sugar, and other cake decorations may be added.
We are going to look at the top 5 tips to baking the perfect fluffy cupcakes at home.
Five tips for baking cupcakes at home
Read and follow the recipe well
After collecting all the necessary equipment; you will need to read the recipe and make sure you understand all the steps and follow them in order so that your cupcakes will come out fluffy and sweet. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through to get the knowledge of what you are going to start with.
You will need to gather all the ingredients, preheat the oven, then start the process slow by slow, so you don’t mess up. The recipe is what will guide you on what to do. It tells you the equipment and tools for baking, the temperature to set your oven too, the measurements of each ingredient, and other steps to follow. The recipe also makes the actual baking process easier and much faster.
Know your tools and equipment
There are no specific tools for baking cupcakes other than the normal ones used to prepare larger cakes. You will need:
- Mixing bowls
- A set of measuring cups and spoons (we use Dynore Stainless Steel Set of 4 Measuring Cup and 4 Measuring Spoon)
- A sieve
- An electric or hand whisk (we use INALSA electric hand mixer)
- Cupcake baking tray
- Cupcake paper liners/ cases
- Piping bags
- Cake sprinkles (optional)
As we said earlier, you may already have this equipment with you, if not, its time to buy them or add on to what you already have.
The tools are going to be used in the creaming, folding, mixing and backing process. The recipe will guide you on what equipment is used for what process.
Use the right measurements
The joy of making cupcakes at home is in the end product. For you to have that perfect fluffy cupcake, the measurements need to be accurate. Precision is key when it comes to this step, or else your cupcakes might come out either uncooked or undercooked.
To re-make the procedure at its best:
- Measure the ingredients of how the recipe did.
- Try the recipe by gently spooning dry ingredients like flour or cocoa into measuring cups, at that point levelling off using the level side of a blade or the side of a spatula.
- Firmly, put brown coloured sugar into dry estimating cups.
- Put liquid estimating cups on the counter, and gently go down to read the markings at eye level to ensure the liquid is on the same level as the marking.
Use accurate temperature
It is important to focus on the temperature of the ingredients as this makes a lot of difference in baking. Cream whips higher when cold. Before preparing, bring eggs and margarine at room temperature as they react better at room temperature. The separation of eggs is easier and form into a more voluminous frothy foam, while the margarine all the more promptly joins with sugar for a fluffy base of batter. Remove these things from the cooler one or two hours ahead of time. For instance, at the correct consistency, butter is seen to be holding thumbprint with a little resistance. In case you need to speed up the things, take a bowl with some warm water in it and put the eggs in in it for five minutes. For softening the butter, cut some small pieces of it and spread them across a plate.
Know your oven temperature
If you’ve had bad outcomes from past recipes (burnt or wet cupcakes), it is advisable to purchase an oven thermometer. Even a completely adjusted oven can have “problem areas,” so plan likewise. We recommend to try making smaller quantity two or three times to get acquainted with your oven’s temperature and its settings.
Take note of the baking time
Cupcakes take about 15 minutes to prepare and 18-20 minutes to bake. It is the standard time for baking cupcakes. But this also depends on the recipe and how many cupcakes are to be baked. Bake until the tester comes out clean. You can use a toothpick to check for readiness. You push it in the cupcake, and if it comes out clean, then the cupcakes are ready.
You will remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 10-15 minutes in the tin itself. After that, you can remove them from the tin and cool them completely on the rack.
When they are completely cooled, you can decorate as desired.
The joy of baking cupcakes at home is not a thorough experience. All you have to do is ensure that you have the recipe and follow it to them later. Collect all the tools and equipment needed for the preparation and baking process. Remember to preheat the oven as this will create the perfect temperature for when you put the cake batter in.
Remember to keep the oven door closed at all time during the backing time; you will only open it when you want to test for readiness. By keeping the door closed, you will not alter with the oven temperature inside while the cupcakes are baking. Sometimes opening the door frequently will cause the cupcakes to sink in the middle.
In conclusion, be very precise with the measuring of the ingredients. The measurements should be accurate to avoid imperfect results. With these tips, you are on the right track to baking good cupcakes at home. Please test it and enjoy the outcome.