Cupcake Basics: Pans
One thing I especially love about cupcakes is not only their size, but the fact that it lends to your creativity. Whatever ingredients your mind can imagine, you can probably incorporate them into a cupcake in some way, shape or form.
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Cupcakes are typically baked in pans different from a regular cake pan. Cupcake pans are like a regular sheet pan, but pre-divided into sections or cups so you’re able to get miniature cakes. Cupcake pans are sometimes called muffin pans, so if you see a pan labeled ‘muffin pan,’ it’ll also double as a cupcake pan.
Cupcake pans typically come in three sizes:
- Small or mini
- Standard or regular (medium)
- Jumbo or giant (large or muffin pans)
With the various cupcake sizes, you’re able to develop and expand your creativity. One thing to keep in mind with the various cupcake sizes is the cooking time. For the small or mini sizes, they will usually take about 5-7 minutes less to cook than the standard size pan, while the jumbo size will require about 5-10 minutes of additional baking time.
Each cupcake size also has its own cupcake liners to fit the universal size of the pans. So, mini pans have specially made liners to fit them, as do standard and jumbo pans. Cupcake pans also have different depths, so some might be deeper than others, but most that you will come across should be standard size. Mini cupcakes are about half of a standard cupcake, while the jumbo cupcake is about 2 or double of a standard cupcake.
Cupcake pans will also come in either 6, 12 or 24 cup sizes.
I only have standard cupcake pans, I couldn’t find mini or jumbo pans, seemed the store had run out, but I will get them and update this post with photos.
Tomorrow: Cupcake Basics: Liners