Cupcake Pan Preparation
There are 3 easy ways to bake cupcakes, all of which will help you turn out fluffy, crumb-free cakes perfect for icing and decorating.
If you are baking in a pan with a dark or non-stick surface, you should lower the recommended recipe temperature by 25°F to avoid overbrowning. Dark pans give your cakes a darker finish when baked at 350°F (177°C).
Using Paper or Foil Baking Cups
Baking cups create a pretty fluted surface and allow you to bake without grease or pan spray. They also help keep cupcakes from drying out. Spread cups evenly in pan cavities and check that cups are level before filling. When using foil cups, remove paper liners, if included, before filling and baking. Liners are included to help separate the thin foil cups.
Without Baking Cups
Even non-stick pans must be prepared before baking. Prepare pan by brushing cavities with Pan Release, spraying with cooking spray, or coat with vegetable shortening and flour for perfect release without sticking.
Using Silicone Cups
Prepare cups with non-stick pan spray before baking. Always place cups on a cookie sheet or sheet pan for level baking and easy removal from oven. You may need to add more baking time for some shapes. To remove cupcakes, invert cup and apply gentle pressure to the bottom while gently peeling cup away.