What Size Ice Cream Scoop To Make Cupcakes?

Baking By sanfree56 Updated 12 Aug 2011 , 8:30pm by Jude081452

sanfree56 Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 1:48am
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What size scoop do you use to get uniform cupcakes? Is there one size for cupcakes with a dome and one for flat cupcakes?

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leily Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 1:55am
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I use a #20.

THe dome or flat top cupcake has to do with 1) how its cooked (lower temp, higher temp, or a mixture of both temps)

brensmom12 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 2:45pm
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I also use a #20. Perfect dome every time. For flat cupcakes I usually under fill just a bit.

Chasey Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 3:30pm
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I just looked up a #20 ice cream scoop and I see it's 1.5 ounces. That converts to 3 tablespoons.

Is that right, you are only putting 3 TBS of batter for a regular sized cupcake that will bake into a dome?

I've never measured, I just fill it 1/2 way or so in a standard pan. Seems like I am putting more than 3 TBS in!

brensmom12 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 3:55pm
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Depending on where you are looking they can hold any where from 1.5-2 oz. When I fill my liners they are about 2/3 full (maybe a slight amount more). They always come out uniform and I haven't had a problem yet.

Jude081452 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 1:43am
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I use a cookie scoop, two to each normal sized cupcake...I get a small crown but they don't overflow. Nice uniform size...I was trying to find out if a regular sized ice cream scoop would work?? I don't own one like the cookie scoop, and hate to buy if it won't work... icon_biggrin.gif

instant-gratificaketion Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:26am
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I use a regular sized ice-cream scoop with the little lever that scrapes across the scoop. I fill right about to the top and that gives me really nice domes. Not too big, not too small. I think it measures out to about 1/3 cup. of batter.

Jude081452 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:32am
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Originally Posted by instant-gratificaketion

I use a regular sized ice-cream scoop with the little lever that scrapes across the scoop. I fill right about to the top and that gives me really nice domes. Not too big, not too small. I think it measures out to about 1/3 cup. of batter.




Thank you so much...my daughter and I make a lot of cupcakes and this will be a great help! icon_biggrin.gif

OhMyGanache Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:59am
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Different batters rise differently, so you might need different size scoops to reach the same cupcake height dependant on which type of cake you use. I have some batters that rise a lot (a white cake recipe I use rises the most), and some that rise very little (like carrot cake).

matthewkyrankelly Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 3:11am
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The #20 is right on. If you want slightly bigger go to a #16.

However, 1/3 cup is a #12. I have found that to be just too big for standard cupcakes. If you are going to buy a scoop for this, you don't want to get the wrong size.

#12 is great for muffins that you want to go up and over the sides a little for the crunchy top. Horrible for cupcakes.

instant-gratificaketion Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 7:38pm
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I make standard size cupcakes and have never had a problem with "crunchy tops" or the tops going over the sides.

I suppose I should have had more precise information before answering, instead of using phrases like "...right about to the top..." and "I think...". I was just giving information on what I do that works for me, which is what the OP asked for. I also agree with OhMyGanache that it all depends on the batter.

I have found that paying (sometimes way) more for a specific size scoop than just eyeballing it with a cheaper ice cream scoop is unnecessary. I have even found regular old ice cream scoops for sale for over $12 and that's ridiculous. Why pay more when you don't have to? Just Google searching the #20 scoop...$14? I'm a hobby baker who works in law enforcement, that's half my paycheck! Ha!

Jude081452 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 7:54pm
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I'm going to try the regular ice cream scoop...if it doesn't work then I'll just have a new ice cream scoop! lol...The cookie scoop works well, but takes twice the time because I need two scoops to a cupcake...

matthewkyrankelly Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 8:21pm
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but the #12 makes great muffins icon_biggrin.gif ,where you would want a crunchy overflow top.

The #20 is great for cupcakes, as stated.

As the OP stated, they make cupcakes all of the time. So you would save a lot of time. The #20 scoop should probably be a required purchase when kids start kindergarten. Parents will use it forever.

Jude081452 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 8:30pm
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Matthew...you made me laugh, but that is so true...I made tons of cupcakes for my kids and grandkids parties at school!!

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