Some helpful tips to get the most out of baking and decorating cupcakes.


  • Bring all your ingredients to room temperature before you start mixing your cupcake batter.
  • Don’t let the cake mixture sit around after you have made it.
  • Accurately measure your ingredients for cupcake success.
  • Ensure that you cupcake cases are sitting perfectly in the muffin tin.
  • Do not get any batter around the top of the cupcake cases.
  • Check oven is up to temperature before you put your cupcakes in.
  • Cupcakes should be completely cold before decorating.
  • Undecorated cupcakes can be frozen for up to a month.
  • Do not mix metric and imperial measurements.
  • Fill cupcake cases with an icecream scoop to get equal quantitiies of cake mixture in each cupcake case.


Cake sinks in the middle
  •   Oven door was opened too soon
  •   Cake was under baked
  •   Ingredients haven’t been measured properly

Cupcake has cracked, domed top

  • Oven temperature was too hot.
  • Cupcakes were too near the top of the oven
  • Insufficient liquid was used
  • Too much raising agent was used 

Cupcake has a dense texture

  • The mixture curdled when adding the eggs
  • Too much liquid was used
  • The mixture was over folded
  • Too much raising agent used
  • Raising agent past its ‘use by date’