10 Tips on How to Bake the Perfect Cupcake

How to make the perfect cupcakes | World of Wanderlust

Nothing sells better at my bakery than cupcakes. Whether its a chocolate cupcake topped with peanut buttercream and a snickers or the old and faithful vanilla-vanilla, cupcakes have been flying out the door since we opened in October last year. As someone who adores all things sweet (especially when they’re pretty), I want to share with you my tips on how to bake the perfect cupcake, as I’m a firm believer that a cupcake can solve anything!


1. Use room temperature ingredients

The first step is one of the most important if you’re looking to create a perfectly shaped cupcake. Get your ingredients out of the fridge around one hour before you plan to bake, or be naughty like me and speed up the process to bring butter to room temperature with a quick zap in the microwave.

2. Measure in grams instead of cups

A French pastry chef once told me the best piece of advice he could ever give me was to always measure in grams in order to achieve the same result every time. No truer words. While cupcakes are much more forgiving than the likes of macarons (where every gram counts), it helps to be in the habit of measuring!

3. Do not over mix the batter

A huge no-no in the realm of baking is to over-mix your batter. Over mixing will lead to ill-shaped cupcakes that do not rise properly. Make sure you mix according to recipe instructions, wipe down the bottom of the bowl with a spatula often, and never over-mix.

4. Use a scoop to divide batter

The best way (I have found) to quickly but carefully measure out your cupcake batter is to use an ice cream scoop. I’ve tried all sorts of whacky ways to evenly divide the batter, but none is more effective than the good ol’ fashioned ice cream scoop. Use a scoop with a lever for quicker portioning.

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5. Tap on the bench before baking

Before you pop your cupcake trays in the oven, give them a light tap on the counter to ensure the batter is firmly in the baking cups and not wonky.

6. Rotate cupcakes whilst baking

After your cupcake are at least half way through the full baking time (imperative: do not open the oven before 50% of baking time is complete), rotate them in the oven to ensure even cooking.

7. Learn how to make the Perfect Buttercream

It took me a while to perfect the art of buttercream, something so easy but equally so easy to stuff up! You want a firm buttercream to ice your cupcakes, but not so firm that it doesn’t glide elegantly through the piping bag and on to your cupcake. Buttercream recipe to follow shortly!

8. Pipe with tips in varying styles

The best way to alternate your decorating style is to invest in a few different piping tips. This is an easy way to jazz up your cupcakes with little effort.


9. Be inventive with flavour combos

One of my favourite things about baking is to be inventive and surprise our customers! Flavours like salted caramel, snickers and nutella always sell out quickly… but the fun additions of new flavours are what makes every day new and exciting at Charlie’s!

10. Sprinkles make the world go ’round!

Last but not least, you absolutely must decorate your cupcakes for that added touch of perfection! Sprinkles, small decorations to show the flavour and toppings are a great way to make your cupcakes stand out!


How to make the perfect cupcakes | World of Wanderlust

All imagery from my bakery, Charlie’s Dessert House.

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    Rahul Academy
    May 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful ideas for making the perfect cupcake. I like cupcakes and now, I enjoy this at home. I follow your steps for baking perfect cupcakes.

    bullet force
    April 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Nice tips. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    April 18, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Thanks for those tips. Love your post.

    April 15, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Using an ice cream scoop is one of the best tips. It definitely ensures all your cupcakes are uniform in size! I cannot wait for your buttercream recipe. I’ve been tweaking mine forever to get it just right.

    Desiree @ A Girl's Best Friend
    April 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    All of your pictures look so great! The cupcakes are beautiful and look so delicious they make me want a cupcake pronto!
    Also, love all the advice. Especially the tip advice. It’s fun to mix it up a little bit.

    • Brooke Saward
      April 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Aww thanks so much Desiree 🙂 cupcakes are everything!!!

    Laura Yackel
    April 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I am craving cupcakes. I wonder why… XD Those look beautiful.

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    April 12, 2017 at 6:27 am

    This was a fun post to read. Your bakery looks beautiful!

    April 12, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Looks amazing!

    Leslie Carbone
    April 12, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I love to decorate mine with jelly beans for Easter.

    April 12, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I’m waiting for a friend’s birthday to come soon so I can put these techniques to good use! (Mine is in 2 days but I’m not going to make cupcakes for my own birthday!)


    April 11, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for the great tips! Question—how can you tell if you’ve over mixed?

    Briana |

    • Brooke Saward
      April 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Briana, I usually just mix each ingredient addition until combined to ensure not overmixing the batter. Always stick by the machine and never walk off (its too easy to forget to keep an eye on it!)

    window movie maker
    April 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Interesting article! Thank you for sharing them! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone! I believe a lot of people will be surprised to read this article!

    Michael @ Mile in my Glasses
    April 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for this brilliant post! I absolutely love cupcakes, I can’t wait to bake more and more through Spring!

    I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday,

    Iann Ethel
    April 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I hope the day I personally try your cupcakes comes sooner, Brooke! They look so amazing and thank you for your great tips so newbie home bakers can have more suceessful first time cupcakes!(:

    With love from Singapore,

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    April 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Any advice as to how to pipe the icing. I’m absolutely terrible at this!

    • Brooke Saward
      April 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Clementine, I’ll do my best to upload a post (or video) on this soon!

      Mt main tips would be to use a large piping bag but don’t fill more than 3/4, so you’ve got plenty of pressure to ice evenly. Also to hold the piping bag with one hand at the top and the other at the middle of the pipping bag to maintain control 🙂

    April 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Great tips, I will try them out over the easter weekend 🙂
    And I’d love one of those banana cupcakes.

    Jasmy Fenze
    April 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful ideas for making the perfect cupcake. I like cupcakes and now, I enjoy this at home I follow your steps for baking perfect cupcakes.