Help! Cupcakes Shrinking When Out Of Oven.

Baking By littlecakes Updated 2 Nov 2008 , 7:30am by Cake_Princess

littlecakes Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 12:37am
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The last few batches of cupcakes I have made they have been shrinking once I take them out of the oven to cool for the 5 min. I have used a few different recipes.
Any one has any insight into this? It is very frustrating.

Thanks!

9 replies
SugarFrosted Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 12:44am
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Are you using non-stick spray on the cupcake liners? The only time I have ever had shrinkage was when I used spray.

littlecakes Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:32am
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Thanks for your reply. No, I do not spray anything. I have always used cupcake liners only.

banba Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 10:58am
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Could be any number of things causing this from oven temp being too low to over mixing the batter.

Too much sugar/leavening or too much fat or even not enough liquid.

If you used the recipe before and it worked okay then I would try testing your oven temp.

If it's a new recipe and it doesn't work at all for you then I would ditch the recipe.

littlecakes Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:16pm
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Thank you. I think I will check the oven temp. I have made the recipes before and this is my third batch (3 different kinds I made prevously). I have been trying to blame the flour because I changed over but I don't think that is it.

About over mixing...how do you know how long to mix a cupcake batter??? I dont feel I do. How long after you add the last batch of flour, do you mix? I do it for about a minute then by hand for another 30 seconds.

Ro40 Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:38pm
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The only time that happens to me is when I think the cupcakes are cooked and pull them out too early. When you opened them up, did they seem a little doughy? If my finger leaves an imprint, they are not done. If they spring back when I touch them, they are good to go.

littlecakes Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:50pm
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Well...good point but I poked a toothpick in them and it came out clean. It was very moist but it was done because one of my kids had one 10 minutes later.

Last weekend I made one that shrank and I think that one could have come out of the over about 2 minutes prior so I dont think that is it.

-K8memphis Posted 24 Oct 2008 , 1:56pm
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Originally Posted by Ro40

The only time that happens to me is when I think the cupcakes are cooked and pull them out too early. When you opened them up, did they seem a little doughy? If my finger leaves an imprint, they are not done. If they spring back when I touch them, they are good to go.




Wow--I was gonna suggest over baking icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

The devil is in the details huh?!

Cake_Princess Posted 2 Nov 2008 , 7:26am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by littlecakes

The last few batches of cupcakes I have made they have been shrinking once I take them out of the oven to cool for the 5 min. I have used a few different recipes.
Any one has any insight into this? It is very frustrating.

Thanks!




How much shrinkage are we talking about? Cakes will naturally shrink just a bit after being removed from the oven.

If the shrinkage is great then it could be due to cooling the cakes in a drafty area.

Cake_Princess Posted 2 Nov 2008 , 7:30am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by littlecakes

The last few batches of cupcakes I have made they have been shrinking once I take them out of the oven to cool for the 5 min. I have used a few different recipes.
Any one has any insight into this? It is very frustrating.

Thanks!




How much shrinkage are we talking about? Cakes will naturally shrink just a bit after being removed from the oven.

If the shrinkage is great then it could be due to cooling the cakes in a drafty area.

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