One of the problems with cupcake baking can be unevenly baked cupcakes or as we say lopsided, wonky cupcakes. These can be very frustrating. Here are nine tips to make cupcakes rise evenly, help troubleshoot and figure out what could be the possible cause. These are also tips that can help make sure you bake a perfect cupcake every single time.
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Have you baked cupcakes only to take them out of the oven all lopsided, wonky or unevenly baked cupcakes? That's usually how we call them isn't is? Lopsided/wonky or uneven baked cupcakes? Well, those are usually the words people use when they message me.
Now I don't really have pictures of unevenly baked cupcakes; just because it never occurred to me to take pictures. But trust me I've had my fair share of these when I just started baking cupcakes. Of course, if you going to decorate them with buttercream or fondant then it's not an issue right? No one knows under the frosting what really happened.
10 Tips to prevent unevenly baked cupcakes
So, while this is a very frustrating issue most often the problem lies with the oven temperature, not the recipe. The best way to learn from this is to experiment with the solutions below.
Some causes and solutions
- Cupcakes rise too fast - High oven temperature – reduce temperature slightly.
- or cupcakes have cracks on the top – again means they are rising much too fast – the oven is too high. Lower temperature slightly.
- Cupcakes bak quicker then the time stated (in 15 minutes as compared to the stated 20 minutes )–usually because the oven is too high. Reduce temperature.
- Then there are cupcakes baked but raised on one side – uneven heating - means your oven fan needs to be switched off or oven temperature lowered by 25%.
- Cupcakes baked raised on one side and cracked – Using fan assisted oven and the oven temperature is too high – cupcakes will bake faster and dry out. Lower temperature significantly.
- All cakes are baking towards one side in your oven –oven tray or oven is not leveled.
- Fill cupcakes only ⅔ full so they have space to rise.
- Bake one cupcake tray at a time. If you have to bake two - have the oven fan on so it will distribute heat evenly but at a lower setting.
- Rotate the pan in between cooking this will help them rise evenly too.
- It’s better to have a cupcake take longer to bake than to have a wonky lopsided cupcake. Right?
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