Sunday, June 7, 2009
When Exactly Are Cupcakes Done?
Often I am asked during my cupcake classes "when do you know that cupcakes are done?" There are a few methods that you can use to test cupcakes during the baking process.
The first thing you want to watch for is for the top of the cupcakes to start "poofing" up. A good recipe will always cause your cupcakes to rise above the top of the tins. At the same time, you'll notice cracks in the surface to appear. Your cupcakes will be nearing baking completion when the cracks start to look fibrous rather than wet. The exposed surface area will also start to turn a slightly darker color than the batter. Vanilla cupcakes will start to turn a golden brown; chocolate cupcakes will start to turn a deeper dark brown color.
When your cupcakes start look look as described above, insert a toothpick into the center of 2-3 of the cupcakes (in various parts of the muffin pan). If the toothpick comes out clean, they're ready. Be careful not to wait too long as they can bake too long and dry out.
If you don't have toothpics, you can also feel the tops to see if they're done. Using very little pressure, lightly tap on the top of the cupcakes. If they give but bounce back when you relieve the pressure you're placing on them, they're ready. If they're not ready, they'll feel squishy (like the batter isn't fully baked).