Cupcake baking is definitely one of my favorite baking projects. I find that they’re so much easier to make than regular cakes and other pastries. What I love about cupcakes baking is you can experiment with the supplies and play around with making your cupcakes and decorating them. Your own creativity is the limit.
Almost everything I know about cupcakes baking I learned on my own. But I did attend classes on baking cupcakes in San Diego. In San Diego, you won’t find any lack of baking classes that focus on cupcakes. It’s just a matter of taking the time to log online and search for a cupcake class near you. Or you can be inspired to learn how to bake cupcakes on your own. That’s what got me started anyway – I got my seeds of inspiration after an afternoon of hanging out at Sprinkles Cupcakes’ San Diego branch at La Jolla.
It’s really not that difficult to learn how to bake cupcakes. Even if you don’t sign up for baking classes, you can always find a YouTube video that will teach you the basic techniques for whipping up a yummy cupcake from raw supplies.
Of course, I understand that it takes time to search for YouTube videos until you can find the one, which really gives you the right information. Therefore, I have these top five cupcakes baking tips that you absolutely must know if you want to have an easier time with learning how to bake these delightful goodies.
Tip #1: Always preheat your oven before you get started.
Baking cupcakes is easy, but it still requires preparation and precision. You want that oven of yours to be ready as soon as you’re done whipping your cupcake supplies. Anything can happen if you let this mix sit around while you wait for it to reach that perfect temperature for baking. It’s also a waste of time, too.
So, always preheat before you get started with your baking. If you have one of those new ovens that indicate temperature, preheating shouldn’t be a hassle at all. But if you have an older oven, you’ll find a thermometer to be quite handy indeed.
Tip #2: Make sure you’ve got all your supplies ready.
Another thing you need to do before you start baking is you’ve got to be sure you’ve got all the cupcakes baking supplies, ingredients and tools you require all set and ready for your use. Your oven is already preheating. Your ingredients are measured out. Your butter and eggs are at room temperature. Your utensils and baking gadgets are laid out within your reach on your prep space. Everything should be ready.
Sometimes, timing is everything when it comes to baking the perfect cupcake. You won’t want to ruin your timing just because you forgot to get enough supplies or ran out of a couple of ingredients. Getting everything ready and at hand means baking cupcakes won’t be stressful for you and you won’t waste time hunting for tools and supplies while you’re baking.
Tip #3: Weigh and measure your supplies properly.
As mentioned earlier, cupcakes baking is simple but requires precision. Part of being precise in baking cupcakes is making sure you’ve got the right amount of supplies your cupcake recipe requires. Your supplies must be weighed and measured properly because too much or too little of a certain ingredient can affect your recipe drastically.
There’s no such thing as guesswork when it comes to baking cupcakes. You really have to have the right kind of supplies at the required amount. Otherwise, you may just end up with inedible cupcakes. What a shame that would be.
Tip #4: Avoid peeking inside the oven while your cupcakes are baking.
Most cupcake recipes you’ll find will tell you exactly when you should take your cupcakes out of the oven. The recipe will often indicate how many minutes you should wait for your cupcake to bake or what signs you should look for that will show you if the cupcake is ready. You should trust what these recipes tell you and avoid peeking inside while your cupcakes are still baking.
When you open the oven door too frequently while baking, you allow cooler air to get inside. If there’s too much cool air inside the oven, it will set the temperature inside the oven out of whack and affect your cupcakes’ baking time. This may result in cupcakes that are burned on the outside and totally inedible on the inside. Just be patient when baking your cupcakes.
Tip #5: Let your cupcakes rest before icing them.
If you’re planning to put some frosting and decorations on your cupcakes, you should allow your cupcakes to rest before you ice them. Don’t pull out your piping bag and frosting right after you’ve taken the cakes out of the oven. In fact, you should leave your cakes on the bun tray for at least ten minutes so they can firm up and settle. Moving them too early may make them crumble.
You should also let your cupcakes cool down a bit before you apply the frosting and decorations. Otherwise, the heat from the cupcake will melt the icing and make the cake messy and unappetizing.
Learning cupcakes baking is quite easy. It doesn’t matter whether you learn it on your own or attend a class on baking cupcakes in San Diego. The tips I’ve shared would hopefully make your cupcakes baking adventures a lot easier for you.
Do you have your own tips for cupcakes baking? Why don’t you share it with us in the comments?