BEST PRACTICES & TIPS FOR BAKING CUPCAKES
1. Always start with clean, grease-free cupcake pans. We suggest Dawn Dish Liquid specifically for bakeware. This detergent prevents grease build up that can happen over time.
2. Only fill the cupcake liners just before you place them in the oven. This will prevent moisture from settling into the liners. Many liners are made of grease resistant paper, but it is still paper and not immune to moisture. This is especially true when using dark cake batters.
3. Humidity and under-baking are the biggest reason for a "soggy looking" liners after baking. Under-baking is the most common issue which can be prevented. Humidity on the other hand can get the best of even the most experienced bakers and can cause the liner to peel away from the cupcake.
4. Once your cupcakes are done baking and you've taken them out of the oven you must immediately remove them from the cupcake pan and place them on a cooling rack. If you let them sit in the baking pan condensation will begin within minutes as the cupcakes cool. This will lead to wet and soggy looking cupcake liners. A cooling rack allows the cupcakes to cool at a natural pace and allows air to properly circulate so the cupcake paper stays dry.
5. All paper liners will change slightly in appearance after baking. The batter you are using and the pans you are baking them in will also effect the final results of your cupcakes.
6. Cupcakes should be baked not too far in advance from when you need them and should not be stored in a sealed airtight container, especially plastic. If you need to store your cupcakes a paper bakery box is best. In some cases, if you've made a very moist cake you may need to leave the lid cracked on the box as well. Many bakeries pack pastries and baked goods in paper bags or boxes as they allow air flow and circulation to help pastries not get soggy.
If you have a concern about a certain cupcake liner style please contact us if you feel you need more details than our product listings or this page provides. We stock a variety of cupcake liners from different manufacturers. The paper texture, thickness and how cupcakes bake in them can vary. Liners that have white in them will look different after baking. Lighter cakes work best in most of the liners we carry. For the standard cupcake liners you can place the baked cupcake in a second liner after baking if you want the pattern to show. This will give the cupcakes a fanned look with the outer liner and is a personal preference, some like it and others may not. If you add a second liner to a cupcake you've baked there is nothing that will hold the 2 liners together, again this is mostly done for display purposes.
Although we'd like to, we cannot control how batter bakes or reacts to the liners we carry. We recommend ordering a single pack of the liners you wish to bake with and making a test batch if you are baking for an event so you can see how the liners react to the recipe you are making. We do not take returns or exchanges on any of our items as stated on our policies page.
Happy Baking & Creating!