I'm a new baker and I've had some pretty decent cupcakes but I feel that they are more thicker then wanted. What can I do to make them lighter? enter image description here

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    – Catija
    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:39
  • Yes of course I'm sorry it didn't come to mind Jan 6, 2017 at 1:44
  • You might want to consider the recipe you're using. I'd consider going with the approach of chiffon cake. Whip the egg whites, and then fold them into the rest of the batter. (you'd mix the yolks in when it calls for the eggs, but it looks like yours calls for whites only)
    – Joe
    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:41
  • And the best advice for baking : get an oven thermometer. You'd be amazed at how much ovens can vary from what the dial says.
    – Joe
    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:47
  • I am not sure I understood what do you mean by "lighter", especially when contrasted to "thicker". Do you mean you have too few holes in your crumb (they are too dense), or something else?
    – rumtscho
    Jan 6, 2017 at 15:05

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My best guess is you are probably over mixing the batter. When you over mix, gluten networks develop leading to a denser and chewier texture.

You should mix the batter until "just combined" which just means until you can no longer see the ingredient you just added.

Oversized Cupcake


  • If they want to show real problems w/ over mixing, you have to cut it open. you'll have this strange tunneling, where bubbles tried to escape but got trapped by the gluten. It looks like insects have been crawling through. (it happens most often w/ muffins)
    – Joe
    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:44

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