How to Get a Raised Top on Cupcakes

By Irena Eaves

Cupcakes are rather simple to make at home and are well worth it for a sweet, delicious treat. However, achieving those perfect bakery-style raised tops has long eluded home cooks. You can achieve puffed-up, domed tops with all of your cupcakes and muffins with just a few simple tweaks to your technique. Try this method on your next batch of cupcakes, and prepare to impress your family and friends.

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Step 1

Prepare your cupcake batter according to recipe directions. Pay special attention to ingredient amounts, since a heavy hand with baking powder or soda can lead to flat or deflated cupcakes. When combining the ingredients, don't over-mix the batter. This can also lead to flat, dense cupcakes. Simply fold the ingredients together with a spatula until they are just combined.

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Step 2

Fill each cupcake liner no more than 3/4 of the way full. If you over-fill your cupcake tins, the batter will have nowhere to expand to and will not rise properly.

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Step 3

Place your cupcakes into a preheated 400 degree F oven, no matter what temperature the recipe calls for. Most cupcake recipes suggest 350-375 degrees F, which results in a flat top. When you increase the temperature, the edges of the cupcakes will solidify first, allowing the center to rise, creating a domed top.

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Step 4

Reduce the temperature in your oven if you wind up with harsh peaks instead of soft domes. Aim for a temperature somewhere between the original and 400 degrees F. Or, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and then reduce the heat once you've placed the cupcakes inside.