Friday, 30 September 2011

Top Tips & Tricks For Making Mini Cupcakes

I make a lot of mini cupcakes and recently I seem to be making more than ever before.  Today rather than doing a normal cupcake post with a lot of images and a few little comments along the way, I thought I would share a few of my top tips for making mini cupcakes and add a few pictures of the mini cuppies I have been making to give you a little inspiration.

Making mini cupcakes is of course basically exactly the same as making regular sized cupcakes but there are a few tips and tricks that will make your life so much easier.

Almost all cupcake recipes can be made into mini cupcakes. Mini cupcake pans hold around a third of the amount of batter as regular cupcake pans, so if you have a recipe that yields 12 full sized cupcakes, you will get around 36 mini cupcakes from that batter. 

It helps to know the batter you are working with really well, our chocolate cupcakes for instance rise a lot higher than our vanilla cupcakes when baked, so I only fill the cases until half full with chocolate batter and two-thirds full with vanilla batter. Normally you will want to fill the mini cupcake cases until 2/3 full as with regular cupcakes but be careful, it is very easy to overfill mini cupcake cases.

I recommend starting with the original recipe and making a large batch of mini cupcakes, rather than cutting down the recipe.  Some recipes do not scale down well.

Mini cupcake pans can be a pain to fill, it can take a long time, especially if you are making hundreds of mini cupcakes at a time and as we know cake batter does not like to wait.  At the bakery we always pipe our cake batter into mini cupcake cases/trays.

  I use a large disposable piping bag fitted with a 2cm round piping tip for this. It is much quicker and far easier to make all the cupcakes uniform in size by piping the batter into the cases, rather than scooping and spooning.

Mini cupcakes will bake in around half the time of regular sized cupcakes. 
  Around 10-16 minutes for mini cupcakes and 20-25 for regular sized cupcakes.  It is really easy to over bake mini cupcakes so keep a close eye on them and check to see if they are ready after 10 minutes.

If you choose to add anything to the cupcake batter, chocolate chips, nuts or fruit for example, be sure to crush or chop them into very small pieces, it is very easy to overwhelm a mini cupcake.

It is also very easy to make a mini cupcake look too top heavy, small toppings work best, sprinkles, crushed nuts, biscuits, coconut and small chocolates or sweets work much better than large fondant toppers.

So there you have it, my top tips for mini cupcakes, I hope you find them useful.

Happy Cupcaking!


Fannie said...

Great tips! Making some chocolate minis and some pumpkin mini cupcakes this month so these tips are really useful. Thank you.

Janice said...

Great post, thanks for the tips.

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Thanks for this. I have never made mini cupcakes yet.
I have some really lovely mini cupcake cases I got as a gift so I'll need to get a mini cupcake pan and get started. Yours look very tempting and cute.

Paris Pastry said...

Thank for sharing your tips! I really feel like making some mini-cupcakes now!

Sarah-Jane - said...

wow - looks like the mini cupcakes are really taking off for you ! Sounds like you've got bucket loads of them on the go :-)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Thank you so much for all the helpful hints. I will try the piping method the next time a make a batch of minis.

Gloria said...

Thanks for sharing! these tips are amazing!! gloria

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

WOW, fabulous tips .. these mini-cupcakes look like the perfect mouthfuls! The pistachios on top are perfect accents! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
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Anonymous said...

So helpful - thank you! I am making mini cupcakes for the first time.

irene said...

What size of mini cupcake cases do you use?

Astral de la Mare said...

Hi Irene,

Great question. I have probably tried every mini cupcake case out there and find many are either too small or too large. Now I only really use PME mini cupcake cases like the ones here:

They are great quality and the perfect bite size.

I hope that helps!