Everything you need to know to bake the perfect muffins and cupcakes every time!
We're all looking for our cupcakes and muffins to come out of the oven with that perfect little dome.
Knowing how to fill your cupcake tins properly is key so that each cupcake bakes evenly and ends up the same size.
With the tips I'm about to share, you'll be a pro in no time!
First things first…
Are muffin tins and cupcake tins the same?
They are! Muffin tins and cupcake tins are the same things. You will probably see them referred to as muffin tins when talking about muffins or cupcake tins when talking about cupcakes.
We'll say cupcake tins in this blog post, but just know that they are interchangeable.
How To Fill Cupcake Tins
1. Line the pan with paper or foil liners. This will contain any moisture and make it so much easier to remove the cupcakes or muffins once finished baking.
2. Slowly transfer the batter into each cup. Fill the cupcake tins about ⅔ of the way full with the batter. You want to fill them just enough to get round cupcake tops, but not so much that they spill over. You don't want all the cupcakes joining together at the top of the pan!
If the batter is runny, you can pour it directly into the pan from a bowl or a measuring cup. If the batter is thick, you can use an ice cream scoop, piping bag, or tablespoon.
That's it, time to pop them in the oven!
Easy Ways To Fill Cupcake Liners
- Measuring Cup: Measuring cups or bowls with a spout are great for when the batter is runny but not so great if the batter is thick. Eye out ⅔ of the tin while you are pouring.
- Ice Cream Scoop: The ice cream scoop method is hands down the easiest and least messy way to fill cupcake tins, leaving you with uniform cupcakes every time! This method works great with a thick or thin batter.
- Piping Bag: This method might be a little fancy but it works. Fill a piping bag with the batter, and squeeze ⅔ into each cup. This method works great for a thick batter.
- Tablespoons: Spoon out 3-4 tablespoons, one at a time. Use a silicone spatula to clear any excess off of the spoon.
How much to fill cupcake tins?
- Mini: Fill the tins ⅔ of the way full for mini cupcake tins. This usually equals 1 ½ tablespoons of batter for mini cupcakes.
- Regular: Fill the tins ⅔ of the way full for regular cupcake tins. This usually equals 3-4 tablespoons of batter for standard cupcakes.
- Jumbo: Fill the tins ⅔ of the way full for jumbo muffin tins. This usually equals about ⅔ cup of batter for standard cupcakes.
Tips for Success
- Take your time and pour or scoop slowly! It's easier and less messy to add more batter if needed, rather than taking batter back out of the tins.
- Transferring the batter with an ice cream scoop is the cleanest, quickest, and easiest way! Make sure you use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop, the ones with the lever on the side. This will help the batter release easily. Otherwise, you might need to use a spatula to help get all the batter out.
- Preheat the oven before mixing the batter. The longer the batter sits in the tins, the less it will rise.
What happens if you overfill cupcake tins?
While in the oven, muffins and cupcakes rise on the walls of the tin or the liner. If overfilled, the batter will have nowhere else to climb and start oozing over the top, leaving you with flat muffins or cupcakes!
Not only that, but you will be left with a mess on your pan and oven.
What happens if you under-fill cupcake tins?
You won't get that perfect dome on top if you don't have enough batter in each tin! The muffins or cupcakes will not rise.
Do I grease my cupcake tins or line them?
Paper or foil liners are the easiest and least messy way to line cupcake tins. Liners help to keep the cupcakes or muffins nice and moist. If you weren't already sold, liners also come in many cute patterns and colors, giving the final result a dressed-up look. Liners are also more sanitary too.
If you choose to grease your cupcake tins, you can use vegan shortening, vegan butter, or non-stick vegetable spray.
Now you know how to perfectly fill cupcake tins every single time. The only thing left to do is decorate!