How to Fill Cupcake Liners Evenly For Perfect Cupcakes (2022)

Did you know that it is super easy to bake perfect cupcakes by filling cupcake liners evenly? When cupcake liners are filled consistently, you actually get a cupcake that is baked evenly and perfectly domed, ready for decorating. Learn how to fill cupcake liners evenly and change your baking process for the better.

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Why Do You Want Evenly Baked Cupcakes?

Baking cupcakes can sometimes be frustrating because when you pull them out, they are lopsided and don’t look like your favorite baker’s do. Having evenly baked cupcakes means that you can have a consistent look and don’t have to compensate by covering with extra icing.

It also means that you can ice those cupcakes without having really large cupcakes and really small cupcakes that look inconsistent when grouped together. We personally think that evenly baked cupcakes are the best thing ever when you are throwing a party especially a DIY cupcake bar. Hello, even your cupcakes want to look good naked!

Learn how to bake cupcakes that look just like your local bakery but for a portion of the price!

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How to Fill Cupcake Liners Evenly

Are you trying so hard to make sure your cupcakes come out awesome? It may not seem like a requirement at first, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier and easier every time and you’ll wonder why you ever did it differently.

There are lots of products on the market that are for doing this very thing, but you probably already have everything you need at home already! No reason to spend extra money and spend way more time cleaning up.

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Cookie Scoops Are Key

You will want to take a cookie scoop (or ice cream scoop) and fill it with the batter. Once the cookie scoop is full of batter, you will want to take a rubber spatula and get all the excess better off using the flat side. This gives you consistent results each and every time. No more measuring cup messiness to fill each cup!

Consistent Amount Of Batter

Assuming that you have the baking pan already lined with cupcake liners, you are ready for this next part of how to fill cupcake liners. Take the cookie scoop and release the batter into the cupcake liner. We prefer cookie scoops because they have the scraper inside to maximize batter release.

If using a medium scoop, you may need to put two scoops of batter into each paper liner. Using a larger cookie scoop will cut your time in half with one scoop per liner.

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Perfect Cupcakes Every Time

Enjoy watching your cupcakes bake perfectly! It’s amazing how much easier it is to ice them whenever you have an even cupcake. Whether you prefer a perfect dome or flat top for icing, this method works every time.

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How Much Do You Fill Cupcake Liners

No one is perfect with filling cupcake liners, but it is good to have an idea of how much you should fill them. Cupcake liners should never be completely filled to the top. If you fill them to the top, then the cupcake itself is going to overflow and cause a mess.

We recommend filling our baking cups 2/3 full to allow room for your cupcakes to rise. Since our liners are a little taller than standard size, that comes to about 3 or 4 tablespoons of batter.

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The amount you can fill depends on the brand of cupcake papers and baking pan you use. Fill the cupcake liners up just right, so that you are not dealing with lopsided or wobbly cupcakes.

You can put more batter to have the cupcake rise over the top of the liner too but it’s trial and error depending on your recipe and your liner brand. Different cupcake batters rise differently.

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How to Bake Cupcakes Perfectly

Now that you know how to fill baking cups, you may be wondering the most basic way of cooking the finished product. Here are a few tips for perfect cupcakes.

Always Follow Directions

Cupcake recipes are not all created equal. When baking cupcakes, you should always follow the directions for the recipe you are creating. This ensures consistent results every time. There’s nothing worse than changing too many variables and not knowing what worked and what didn’t.

Always Preheat Your Oven

Let’s talk about preheating your oven fully before baking. The baking time for the recipe assumes a fully heated oven so the cupcakes will come out completely baked.

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Perfect Cupcake Dome

For a more rounded dome, preheat your oven to 350 and reduce to 325 when putting your cupcake pan in the oven. Then, bake an additional 2-3 minutes.

Having the temperature higher at first allows for a faster rising cupcake that keeps the dome high while the temperature lowers and bakes the center of the cupcake perfectly. This tip is only for standard sized cupcakes, mini cupcakes will have different temperatures and baking time requirements.

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If you prefer a flatter top, follow the recipe according to the original instructions. Once the cupcakes come out of the oven, they tend to flatten out as they cool.

Now that you know how to fill cupcake liners, hopefully, these tips will work great and help you bake perfect cupcakes. What tricks do you have for baking perfect cupcakes?

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Cupcake Presentation Matters

We love baking cupcakes and all of these tips are great, but how could we end this without talking about the actual cupcake liners? We are partial, but we really do believe in the quality of the baking cup around them. Learn about our BakeBright greaseproof cupcake liners and why they are the best! We’ve recently launched a mini liner in addition to our standard size and they are just as cute just in midi size! Learn about how they compare to regular minis here!

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Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

We're showing you how to bake cupcakes perfectly today and answering questions like how much do you fill cupcake liners, and how to fill cupcake liners evenly! Learn how to bake perfect cupcakes with even, uniform tops with these tips and tricks!

Materials

  • Cupcake Batter
  • Cupcakes Liners

Tools

  • Medium Cookie Scoop
  • Flat sided spatula

Instructions

  1. You will want to take a cookie scoop and fill it with the batter. Once the cookie scoop is full of batter, you will want to take a rubber spatula and get all the excess better off. Use the flat side that is longer than the diameter of the scoop.
  2. Assuming that you have the cupcake pan already lined with cupcake liners, you are ready for this next part of filling the cupcake liners. Take the cookie scoop and release the batter into the cupcake liner. We use a medium scoop and fill 2/3 full.
  3. Enjoy watching your cupcakes bake perfectly! It’s amazing how much easier it is to ice cupcakes whenever you have an even cupcake. Some people have said that they use a larger cookie scoop, but I find that it just works better with two scoops of the medium.

Notes

The size cookie scoop you use depends on the cupcake pan you are using and how much batter it holds. We love using a larger size 1.5oz Vollrath Scoop for taller domed cupcakes. They are our favorite brand! We also use the black for a smaller amount (1oz of batter) for a lower dome cupcake.

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FAQs

How do you make the perfect cupcake liner? ›

The best way to fill cupcake liners is to use an ice cream scoop (or disher). Using a disher makes dispensing batter easy, and it can also help you fill liners with consistency. The best way to fill cupcake liners is to use an ice cream scoop (or disher).

How much batter should you put in each cupcake liner? ›

Wondering how much batter to use per cupcake? For standard 2½-inch cupcakes, fill cupcake liners with ¼ cup batter to about ⅔ to ¾ of the way full. Avoid adding too much batter, or the cupcakes will overflow the cups as they bake and cause a mess.

Should you double up on cupcake liners? ›

If you're determined to use papers, try doubling them; with two layers, the one on the outside helps keep things bright. Though it also won't "stick" to the cupcake very well; Hobson's choice. Rule of thumb: The darker the cake, the less likely you are to get a pretty result.

How do you make cupcakes all the same size? ›

The best way to get cupcakes all the same size is to ensure you pour equal amounts of batter in each liner. To ensure this; I find that best method is to use either an ice-cream scoop or a measuring cup. Bake at 160 C/320 F for about 22 to 24 minutes.

What is the perfect consistency for cupcake batter? ›

You'll know when the batter is ready for the cupcake pan when it has a creamy consistency. If it's grainy, continue to gently mix. If there isn't an even amount of batter in each cupcake liner, they're not all going to cook evenly.

What size scoop makes the perfect cupcake? ›

Filling a Cupcake Pan:

The easiest way to fill cupcake liners is using an ice cream or cookie scoop for perfect uniform cupcakes. A scooper that holds 3-4 tablespoons or 1-1.5 ounces works well for standard size cupcakes. or you can use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and a spatula.

When filling cupcake liners do you fill them? ›

Cupcake liners should never be completely filled to the top. If you fill them to the top, then the cupcake itself is going to overflow and cause a mess. We recommend filling our baking cups 2/3 full to allow room for your cupcakes to rise.

What happens if you fill cupcakes to the top? ›

While in the oven, muffins and cupcakes rise on the walls of the tin or the liner. If overfilled, the batter will have nowhere else to climb and start oozing over the top, leaving you with flat muffins or cupcakes! Not only that, but you will be left with a mess on your pan and oven.

How much batter do I need for 12 cupcakes? ›

Round Pans

Cupcake recipes yielding 12-16 cupcakes fit wonderfully in 3 6-inch cake pans. See my post for 6 inch cake recipes for more information. 8×2 inch round pan holds 6 cups of batter. 9×2 inch round pan holds 8 cups of batter, the same as an 8×2 inch square pan and a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

What is the secret to super moist cupcakes? ›

"Baking fluffy, moist cupcakes is all about creating air bubbles in your batter that expand in the oven," she says. "If you overmix your batter, you collapse those bubbles and end up with a brick-like cake." Always mix on a low speed to avoid this, stopping just as all ingredients blend.

Do you spray the pan before putting cupcake liners in? ›

Giving the wrappers a quick spritz of nonstick cooking spray before filling them works very well to prevent cakes from sticking — even if you're making a delicate recipe or trying to unwrap the cupcakes when they're still warm.

What tool do you use to fill in cupcakes? ›

Use the cupcake corer to make filled cupcakes: the corer creates quick and uniform holes for filling. Simply twist the corer into center of a baked (and cooled) cupcake. A flower guard indicates how deep to twist the corer. Then, remove the corer from the cupcake and push the plunger down to eject cupcake core.

Why do you put rice under cupcake liners? ›

Next time you bake cupcakes or muffins, simply sprinkle rice in the bottom of the pan, then place the cupcake liner on top and fill with batter. Instead of the grease collecting at the bottom of your baked good, the rice will absorb the excess moisture without burning.

How much batter do you need for 24 cupcakes? ›

6 Cups of batter is enough for 24 cupcakes

It's great as is, but it can be modified into so many variations using the “mix-in” ideas on the back.

Should I butter my cupcake liners? ›

Do I need to grease the cupcake paper liner? Nope! The grease is for the cupcake batter to not stick to the pan, and the liners do the exact same thing, so you don't have to grease the paper liners as well.

Can you over beat cupcake batter? ›

Over-mixing pancake batter develops the gluten that will make the pancakes rubbery and tough. For light, fluffy pancakes, you want to mix just until the batter comes together—it's okay if there are still some lumps of flour. Fat (melted butter) makes the pancakes rich and moist.

Which is better paper or foil cupcake liners? ›

Foil Cupcake Liners

They're a bit stronger than the standard white liners so expect to pay a little more for these. They also hold their shape really well so you can fill the liner and place them on a cookie sheet to bake if you run out of cupcake baking tins.

What size cupcakes do bakeries use? ›

Typically, standard baking cups measure 2" x 1 1/4" and are commonly used for traditional-sized cupcakes or muffins. Mini baking cups with a 1" diameter can be used for presenting chocolate covered cherries or caramels, and 3 1/2" diameter jumbo baking cups can be used for gorgeous gourmet cupcake creations!

Is it better to make cupcakes with water or milk? ›

Should I use milk or water in a cake? First, it's always best to use what the recipe calls for, otherwise, milk is usually a better choice over water. Milk contains things that water doesn't, like sugar and fat, which can also help with the taste and texture of the cake.

Is it better to frost cupcakes the night before? ›

Unfrosted cupcakes will stay fresh for two days without refrigeration. However, if you plan to cover the cupcakes with frosting that requires refrigeration, you should wait to frost them until you are ready to serve them—within two days.

Do you fill cupcakes warm or cool? ›

Bake your cupcakes and let them cool completely.

If you fill the cupcakes while they are still warm, the filling will melt and turn the cupcakes gooey. You can bake the cupcakes from scratch using your favorite recipe, or you can bake them using a boxed mix.

What type of frosting is best for cupcakes? ›

American buttercream, what most people just call “buttercream,” is the most common frosting in the United States and also the absolute easiest to make. Meringue buttercream is a little harder to make, but the work pays off in some of the fluffiest frosting you'll ever have!

How do you know if batter is Overmixed? ›

When you overmix cake batter, the gluten in the flour can form elastic gluten strands – resulting in a more dense, chewy texture. The white batter looks airier, while the red looks thick and dense. You Can Taste The Difference: The overmixed cupcakes were gummy.

Why are my cupcakes dense and heavy? ›

Why are my cupcakes dense? Dense cupcakes happen for almost the same reasons as the dry cupcakes. Adding too much flour and dry ingredients will absorb the moisture in the batter, resulting in a dry crumb. Not whipping the butter enough may cause your cupcakes to be dry and dense.

How long should cupcakes cool before frosting? ›

Cool cupcakes completely before covering to keep the tops from becoming sticky, about 30 minutes.

Should cupcake batter be thick or thin? ›

Depending on what ingredients you're using, the batter will range from runny (like thin cake batter) to very thick (like drop-cookie dough). As a general rule, the thinner the batter, the lighter the muffins will be when baked. But don't be afraid to bake thick, gloppy batter.

Do you have to fill up empty cupcake spots with water? ›

If you've used all your batter but still have empty cups remaining in the tin, fill each empty cup with a few tablespoons of water. This will promote even baking, and can help keep the tin from warping as the muffins bake.

How far in advance can you make filled cupcakes? ›

You can bake cupcakes up to two days ahead; arrange them (unfrosted) on a baking sheet, wrap the whole sheet with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Frost before serving. To freeze, arrange unfrosted cupcakes on a baking sheet and wrap the whole sheet in plastic wrap, then in foil. Freeze up to three months.

Should you cover cupcakes after frosting? ›

Frosted cupcakes can be put in an airtight container with a tightly sealed lid. Make sure the container is deep enough to not squash the tops of your finished cupcakes. The best way to keep unfrosted cupcakes after baking is to allow them to cool completely on a wire rack to allow air to circulate.

How do I make sure my cupcakes don't overflow? ›

Overflowing cupcake cases

Only fill your cupcake cases two-thirds full to leave rising room. We use food portioners to get uniformly sized cupcakes across the batch. You can also use an ice cream scoop if it's of a suitable shape to hold batter. Read our blog on How to Make Your Cupcakes/Cookies the Same Size.

Is cupcake batter the same as cake batter? ›

The only two differences between cake and cupcakes: the type of pan you use to bake and the amount of time they spend in the oven. We're giving you all the details so that the next time you only have a box of cake mix, you'll know how to convert the recipe into cupcakes that are just as tasty.

How many cupcakes does 5 cups of batter make? ›

Since a box of cake mix will make 5 cups of batter, or enough for 24 cupcakes, you certainly have enough batter to bake a test cupcake or two. Usually a single test cupcake is all you'll need. Whatever adjustments you have to make, you'll know about it from the test cupcake.

At what temp are cupcakes done? ›

It should spring back when done. High internal temperature: Use a digital thermometer to test the internal temperature of your cupcakes. Look for 205°F to 210°F before removing from the oven. The kitchen smells amazing: As the cupcakes reach the end of the baking time, they'll become fragrant.

How do I make the perfect cupcake? ›

10 Tips for Baking Perfect Cupcakes
  1. Ingredients should be at room temperature. ...
  2. Do not overmix the batter. ...
  3. Use a cupcake scoop for evenly baked cupcakes. ...
  4. Do not overfill cupcake liners. ...
  5. Bake cupcakes in the center rack of the oven. ...
  6. Use the touch test rather than a toothpick. ...
  7. Remove cupcakes from the pan to cool.
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What ingredient keeps a cake moist? ›

Use cake flour.

Additions like sour cream, buttermilk, or applesauce can also infuse moisture and prevent a dry cake. Baking soda or baking powder also ensures a nice lift in baked goods.

What makes a cake more moist water or milk? ›

The extra yolks add the density and moisture you'd find in a bakery cake! Milk: Add MILK, not water, when your box mix calls for liquid. The milk adds density, fat and, most importantly, extra flavor to your mix.

Should you use 2 cupcake liners? ›

If you're determined to use papers, try doubling them; with two layers, the one on the outside helps keep things bright. Though it also won't "stick" to the cupcake very well; Hobson's choice.

Should you spray cupcake liners with Pam? ›

Giving the wrappers a quick spritz of nonstick cooking spray before filling them works very well to prevent cakes from sticking — even if you're making a delicate recipe or trying to unwrap the cupcakes when they're still warm.

Do you oil inside of cupcake liners? ›

Do I need to grease the cupcake paper liner? Nope! The grease is for the cupcake batter to not stick to the pan, and the liners do the exact same thing, so you don't have to grease the paper liners as well.

What cupcake liners do professionals use? ›

Best Foil: Gifbera Standard Foil Cupcake Liners

Used by professionals and home bakers alike, these foil cupcake liners have a great look and feel, and perform perfectly. The elegant liners come in eight color options and are sturdy enough to hold up when stacked on a pastry stand.

Why are my cupcakes pulling away from the paper? ›

The main reason: Too much moisture

The paper loosens when its gets wet. There can be different reasons. Often the problem depends on the recipe, but it can occur if poor quality paper liners have been used or if the cupcakes haven't been in the oven for long enough.

Do you put cupcake liners before or after baking? ›

Only fill the cupcake liners just before you place them in the oven. This will prevent moisture from settling into the liners.

What happens when you overfill cupcake liners? ›

Cupcakes use the walls of the cupcake liners or muffin pan to help them rise high. If you overfill the liners, there's too much batter and not enough space to climb. The batter can spill over the sides and you'll be left with flat cupcakes.

What is the best scoop for cupcakes? ›

The general recommendation for standard cupcakes is 3 Tablespoons, so we used a #20 scoop (it holds 3 T). We also tested one size smaller (#24) and one size bigger (#16). The recommendation for mini cupcakes is 1 Tablespoon of batter, which is a #60 scoop.

What keeps a cupcake moist? ›

Oil is important for keeping the cupcakes moist, but too much oil in a recipe will cause the wrappers to peel away from the cupcake. Cake flour is what makes these cupcakes extra soft and fluffy. This recipe uses the reverse creaming method, which coats the flour in a layer of butter and then whips in the air.

How do you keep cupcakes from getting greasy on the bottom? ›

Here's a quick tip on preventing your cupcake cases from getting too greasy whilst cooking. Pop some grains of rice at the bottom of each muffin hole in the tin. The rice will soak up any grease from your cupcakes and make sure your cases don't get ruined.

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