Cupcake Troubleshooting!

We have all had our share of cupcake disasters. The batter looks amazing, but when you take them out of the oven the only thing to be found is a sunken, goey mess of a fail. I’m here to go through some problems, find out why it happened, and give you guys some solutions!

Problem #1: My cake didn’t rise!

Cause: Your leavening agent did not work, probably because it is expired.

Solution: Buy new baking powder/baking soda. To test and see if your baking powder/soda is still good, drop a tsp of it into warm water. If it does not react (bubble/sizzle), it has gone bad.

Problem #2: My cake came out lopsided! What?

Cause: Uneven heating or flour not fully incorporated.

Solution: A lot of ovens run hotter or cooler than the indicated temperature. I keep an oven thermometer on the center rack in my oven, that way I have a more accurate reading. Also, make sure your batter is mixed together completely. When the flour isn’t dispersed evenly it can cause issues.

Problem #3: My cake looks beautiful, but the bottom of it is burned!

Cause: Baking pan too thin or dark, or poor placement of pan in the oven.

Solution: Use good quality bakeware. Some darker pans can have this issue, in this case decreasing the oven temperature can help. Make sure you check the oven during baking .

Problem #4: The tops of my cupcakes are burning before the rest of the cake is cooked!

Cause: The oven is probably too hot.

Solution: Keep an oven thermometer on the shelf your baking on in your oven to make sure it is the accurate temperature. Try reducing the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Problem #5: The fruit in my batter sinks to the bottom!

Cause: The fruit was not dusted with flour 

Solution: Dusting the fruit with flour before adding into the batter helps prevent it from sinking into the batter.

Problem #6 : My cupcakes are overflowing out of the cupcake pan!

Cause: Too much batter in the pan or there is too much leavening agent.

Solution: Most recipes say fill the pan about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Never fill it up to the top! It needs room to grow, like a little plant 🙂 . If you made sure the pan was only filled about 2/3 – 3/4 full, then there might be too much baking powder/baking soda in the batter.

I hope this helps you guys with some of your baking mishaps for the future! Feel free to share your tips and advice on baking in the comments below 🙂


One comment

  1. beti says:

    those are really helpful tips! last night I made muffins and they began to fell from the sides, then I realized that I didn’t add any butter at the end they tasted good but they didn’t look pretty I will be more careful and with your tips hopefully make them right

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