There are so many things that can go wrong trying to bake cupcakes; the latest home baking craze. And it can seem like an impossible job. But there are a few fundamental rules to keep in mind to ensure your cupcakes look fabulous and taste just as good! Here are our top five tips to ensure your cupcakes cook as beautifully as can be, for all to enjoy! The Glass Knife

1. We love scales

Yes, it’s true – we love our weighing scales. Well, in the kitchen at least. Ensure you have measured all of your ingredients out and set them aside before you start mixing them together. And fundamentally, NEVER try and ‘make up’ missing ingredients.

2. Don’t over-mix the ingredients

If the batter is mixed too much, the cupcakes will be either rock hard or not rise. And unfortunately, here is nothing you can do with un-risen cupcakes!

3. Watch the clock

ALWAYS, take the cupcakes out of the oven at the time specified in whichever reipe you are using. If they look a little ‘pale’, don’t worry, the cupcakes will still ‘cook’ as they cool, Trust the recipe!

4. keep them cool!

Place your cupcakes on a cooling rack as soon as they are our of the oven and let the air circulate around them. This is very important. The cupcake pans stay can stay hot for quite a while after baking and this can lead to over-cooked cupcakes.

5. Eat one warm

Well, we can’t resist this one – a warm cupcake is the best kind of cupcake! So as soon as your cupcakes are cooling, grab a coffee and take the time to enjoy one at it’s absolute prime; fresh from the oven. Bliss!