2012-04-04

I need help in making cup cake

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.
First time, I baked banana cup cakes with some M&M chocolate on top.  I used self-raising flour and baking powder. The batter rose up too high in the middle and overflew from the cup.
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 VOLCANcup 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.

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  1. I think convection oven cannot be used for baking cake. The air circulation is too strong, it normally has a fan. I think it's the oven not you Sheoh Yan.U can google for answer.

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    1. Broccoli Ginger, I suspect that too. You have a point. I will examine my oven again.

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  2. Hmm, can't give you much advice since I never face this problem before (Anyway I bake cup cakes once only, hehe).
    Hope those experts will give you the solution!

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    1. Thanks, Hayley. You sure make better cake than mine.

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  3. Your cupcakes tasted nice to me, despite their ugly appearance.

    Sorry, I laughed at your cupcakes, as myself don't know the answer to your problem and I have yet to start cupcakes baking :p

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    1. Thanks for being my guinea pig. Lots more are coming on your way.

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  4. Two possible problem here,
    1)You might overmixing your batter and adding too much air to it , this will cos pointy, insteaded of rounded cupcake .

    2)your oven may be off temp ?? & also , as for my oven, i will turn off the fan . if the oven fan is on, then my cupcakes will turn out pointy and uneven.

    well, Just my thoughts.

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    1. Anggie, these 2 are very good possible reasons.

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  5. in think maybe a little different using the halogen oven lah, need to twist a little on the recipe..

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    1. You have a strong point as well. Good try, SK.

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  6. maybe also need to do many times of trial and error.. practice makes perfect mah, hehe..

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  7. the taste ok mah right, only not so nice.. maybe can decorate so that they will look nicer lor.. :)

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    1. You are right too, SK. Thanks a lot.

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  8. I have not used a halogen oven so am not familiar with how it works. Generally, if using self raising flour, you don't need to add baking powder since the rising agent is already in the s r flour. When baking, the eggs and butter needs to be at room temperature as well. Overbeating causing too much air could also cause it to rise too high. Check oven temp as well. Each oven is different and sometimes you need to tweak the temp to suit your oven. Hope this helps.

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    1. Good one, Charmaine. Thanks for input. I really appreciate.

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  9. trial and error.''

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    This place brings back memories.

    It's yummy

    berkobar-koba

    Camera Phone LOL!

    Bijan knee shaking already...

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    1. Edi神, what do you mean by Bijan knee shaking? Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. So far , I only succeeded in baking cheese cakes and that was like before Ian was born. Hahaha... Anyway, I also wanna know the answer.. *patiently waiting for some baking sifus to give their thoughts here...

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    1. Inspired Momx1 is too busy with Ian. So, stop baking. No problem, wait till you bite by the baking bug.

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  11. I know how you feel, Yan. This was exactly what happened to my cupcakes the first time I baked them. I was horrified to see the batter overflowing like volcano lava too. I felt really frustrated and demotivated to see all the deformed cupcakes that I gave up baking with my cacat oven. Yes, I blamed my oven haha! (I'm using the ordinary conventional oven). I guess the heat is too high and uneven.

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    1. But, I saw you baking egg tarts before. They were nice.

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  12. hi yan, you dont need to add in baking powder when you are using self raising flour cos its packaging comes with baking powder together. Did you use the electric beaters to do all the mixing? Dont over beat the batter, just beat till all are well incorporated. If you are mixing using hand and spatula, just do it gently. you can fold/beat in the flour mixture in 2 additions. Chk the baking temperature, normally cupcakes should be around 170-180C bake for ard 20 minutes. Sift the sr flour. If you like, you can also probably use a combination of rose flour and self raising flour, maybe at a ratio of 50:50. Hope this little information helps and the rest can help you with these. Enjoy baking!!

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    1. Lena, I am just using hand and spatula in mixing. I will try to fold the batter more gently next time. Thanks for all the tips. I really appreciate.

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    2. no probelm , yan. I'm learning too from the tips that the rest had given. Hope to see your succeesful cupcakes soon!

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  13. I also want to know why.. must come by to read the comments.. :)

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    1. Claire, did you encounter the same problem too?

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  14. Me don't bake so no valuable comments here, sorry. Hope you'll find the solution to your baking woes soon :)

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  15. Hi Sheoh, I have not use halogen oven. Just a little tip that I can help you, halogen oven cook quicker than normal oven. So you have to reduce the temperature and cooking time. Next time you bake a few cupcake first to play around with the temperature and see how it turn out.

    The cake batter you fill slightly less than half or half the muffin liners. Too much batter will definitely over flow as your recipe consist of self raising flour and baking powder. Too full it'll erupt like volcano.

    Certain recipes that use self raising flour still need baking powder but it depends on type of cake.

    Keep us inform or show your recipe when you next bake cupcake, see if we can give you advise.

    Don't give up, continue baking. You saw mine? Sometimes I do made mistake too, hahaha.
    Hey, the unfinished cupcake can transform into cake pop. Your girl sure like it.
    1. Break the cake into crumbs, add some whip cream and melted chocolate, mix well. Roll into round ball, chilled in fridge until firm.
    2. Melt chocolate and whip cream in double boiler till melt.
    3. Coat the cake pop with melted chocolate, put in muffin liner and decorate with chocolate rice or sprinkles. Chill in fridge till set. Check the recipe in my blog for chocolate coating.

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    1. I will go and check on your blog again. Amelia, thanks for all the valuble advices.

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  16. baking gets handy, once we get hold of the basics..do giv a try & delight your kids..:)

    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks Jay for your support. Thanks.

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  17. Fuhhh....U duno how many times I have failed in baking cupcakes till one time I did not touch the oven for almost a year....so demotivated. Then only I found out the culprit is the oven. I am not familiar with the oven n temp, as each oven is different. But now, I edy become good fren with it...ahahhaha. I am not very good in baking either but hope you find your solution to it soon. Dun gip up cos I always come to your blog for simple recipe.

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    1. Yee Ling, thanks a lot for all your kind thoughts. I suspect the temparature of the oven too. I probably lower down the temperature and take longer and slower time to bake it.

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  18. Yan, from here I learnt alot from them too.

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    1. This is the advantage of blogging.

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  19. it doesn't matter of the look. The taste is more important. Glad that your girls love the cake you baked. Post more baking recipe here.... i might catch the bug too. haha

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  20. Me too not good at baking cupcakes, I must follow the comments and see what the experts say. But don't give up,ya. One day you will be able to bake beautiful cupcakes! Ka yau!!

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts, Kitty.

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  21. Hi Sheoh Yan, to me your cakes look fantastic....whatever it is, you made it with that special ingredient called, 'love'....
    I think 4 pieces will do me fine, with iced coffee!
    Never mind, keep making, you'll improve as you go on, just like how when learning to swim, or learning about other interesting things about life.

    First few times always will come out not so satisfactory, after few times, the moon comes out 1 hour early, ha ha.
    You have fun, and stay beautiful.
    Lee.
    PS, You made my day today, made me choke on my cigarette!
    Yesterday Lena made me do laundry!! Ha ha ha.

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    1. It is happy to have you drop by. Thanks for your kind thoughts and support, Lee. I will keep up baking till it perfect.

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  22. hmm maybe is the flour, the oven,..
    LOL ......
    check all the 4M .. man, method, material n machine..
    definetely u can get an answer...

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  23. Your cuppies look good to me. Do try again after getting all these tips above. Can't wait to see :)

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    1. Thanks, Barb, for your kind thoughts and support.

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  24. Hi, my opinion will be same like Amelia. My main suspect will be your type of oven, every oven is difference..keep trying, and i am sure one day you will be success.

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    1. Thanks, Sonia. I will try again tonight.

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  25. as I scrolled on all the possible answer to your question I think the best is the one telling you that the halogen is the culprit, because I also experiencing that too, anyway i think we need a true oven for our cupcake, but as long as our kids appreciate our baking it is okay...soon we will make it perfect =)
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    1. Cool. Thanks for letting me know this. I will still use the oven, but I will it bake slower in lower temparature. It is my pleasure to have you drop by, raquel Guevarra.

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  26. I am not good at baking but I think the halogen oven is too hot....try adding some Ovalette to your batter, helps the cake to rise rapidly but stable....

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  27. volcano cup is good so that other kids can envy them for having more than usual :D

    Latest: How Hot can You Stand?

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  28. they look great!! I think all kids would agree!! baking them on the highest rack sometimes helps.

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