I have tried to bake cup cakes 3 times with my convection halogen oven over the week. 3 times also turned out to be not a very successful one. They tasted Ok, but they didn't look good at all.
Second time, I baked orange cup cakes by putting orange rind in self raising flour and baking powder too. I reduced the batter in each cup. Same problem was seen. I felt so demotivated. Thus, no picture was taken for the second batch of orange cup cakes.
Third time, I baked honey and oat cup cakes. I used only self-raising flour and omitted the baking powder, as I scared that it would rise to high again in the middle. I put in some cornflakes on top of the batter before putting into oven. Again, the cake rose up too high in the middle, and this time the cake texture was harder than the first 2 batches, which I put in baking powder.
Thank Goodness that my two girls were still very much appreciated my effort. They had brought cup cakes to school for 2 days. I was so worried that their friends might laugh at their VOLCANO cup cakes.
Now, I sincerely hope all cooking mamas out there can give me your valueble input, and point out my mistake in baking cup cakes. Lena, Sonia, Zoe, Anggie, Amelia, and Quay Po, please help. Your advice is always appreciated. I want my girls bringing beautiful cup cakes to school on next week.