Bake Cupcake

baking cupcake question?

I’ve successfully made lemon cupcakes (butter, sugar, all purpose flour, vanilla, sugar, buttermilk, lemon juice and zest, baking powder, salt) on one occasion but the other three were a disaster (once used salt instead of sugar, oops). The other times I believe I overmixed the batter which may have contributed to the chewy/dense texture of the cupcakes but I’m not sure. Besides overmixing, I know it is important to bring some ingredients to room temperature, but does this include things like milk or buttermilk (kind of leary about bringing diary to room temperature)? Also, how is baking powder different from baking soda (seems like you need to minor in chemistry to bake well)?

Only the butter needs to be at room temperature for cupcake batter.

As another answerer said, baking is much more precise than cooking. Most cupcake recipes call for using All Purpose flour and baking powder. Self-rising flour already contains baking powder and salt. The best advice I can give you is to read any recipes through to the end, a day or so before baking and make sure you have all the ingredients and utensils you need, before you start baking/cooking. If your not an experienced baker always use a recipe and be sure to use the ingredients called for in the recipe and measure exactly.

Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide and cause them to ‘rise’. Baking powder contains baking soda, but the two substances are used under different conditions.

In order to have a moist cupcake, it is important not to over bake them, as over baked cupcakes are dry and crumbly. So always check the cupcakes a few minutes before the stated baking time. Ideally when you first check them you want to see just a few moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick. That way you know that the cupcakes have just a few more minutes of baking time. Because if the first time you check the cupcakes the toothpick comes out clean, this could also mean that they have been over baked.

Also, not all recipes found on the internet are tested, so if your cupcakes aren’t coming out properly, try a website like Joy of Baking to get your next cupcake recipe. All their recipes are tested.

Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/VanillaCupcakes.html#ixzz1iPDcAEyA

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Demonstration – Joyofbaking.com


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