How to Use a Cupcake Liner
Every aspiring cupcake baker has heard about cupcake liners and what they do, but when put to the test, how exactly do you use them? Read on to find out.
Contrary to what some might think, using cupcake liners is not as straightforward as putting your dough into the liner and throwing them into the oven. Doing so often results in a “disaster”, in that your cupcakes usually stick to the liner. This is a little ironic as liners were primarily designed to prevent sticking of cupcakes to the baking pan. To eliminate all these little problems and get the most out of your cupcake liner, follow these steps to find the best way to utilize them.
The first thing you should do is to plan your baking needs. Decide on the number of servings you want and make sure you have enough liners to meet that demand. If you don’t, you can easily purchase them from bakery stores and super marts. A large variety is almost always available so take your pick on the design and type of liner you want to use. Paper cupcake liners are usually the most popular, but foiled liners work just as well and look a bit more impressive.
First, apply some non-stick food spray onto your liners to prevent your cakes from sticking to the edges of the liners. Although this is not absolutely necessary, it is recommended that you do so for easy peeling and a better appearance.
Once everything is ready on the table, spoon your cupcake mix into the liners before placing them onto the baking pan. This prevents any dough spills on the pan that will burn on during cooking making for a difficult clean up. Fan the liners so you are only using a single piece for each cupcake. Remember not to overfill the liners as the cakes will rise during cooking. About two thirds full is a good rule of thumb. Also make sure you space each cup just a little bit to prevent them from sticking together when placed in the oven. If you don’t, they may sometimes clump together at the edge of the liner which usually forces you to tear the stuck portion away to separate them.
After that, give the pan or baking tray a good little shake to check that they are all sitting evenly. This is particularly important because uneven sitting is the main cause of lopsided cupcakes. If you want to be meticulous about it, you can manually check each and every cupcake before sending them to the oven.
And with that, I hope you now have a better idea on how to effectively use cup liners for baking cupcakes. Avoid the common mistakes and enjoy your baking!