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lately a lot of the cupcakes I bake, turn out pointy, insteaded of rounded. I have no idea why this is happening.

Could someone out there please explain & give me the solution.

This is making me crazy.

I stagger the pans & my oven temperature is set @ 325. This solved the pointy cake problem but not the cupcakes.

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I would love to know the answer to this post. All my cupcakes come out pointy and I have to trim them prior to decorating any of them :)
Mine always come out flat - so I don't know.  I'd prefer them to a have a little bit of a mound to them.  Maybe it's the recipe you're using?

My cupcakes have a nice little mound from the edge up which I like.

Thinking about possibilities, like taking a out of a hat - no rhyme nor reason whatsoever.

Amount of baking powder, if added or part of the recipe

Uneven amount of batter (I use the same amount in each cup for consistency) - which I feel is your most like culprit of the problem.  Because when I don't put enough in they come out flat, too much they are high and overflowing a bit from the edge.

Just my thoughts.

Thanks! Going to try baking some today as well; will try some of the suggestions..

Stampinsher said:

My cupcakes have a nice little mound from the edge up which I like.

Thinking about possibilities, like taking a out of a hat - no rhyme nor reason whatsoever.

Amount of baking powder, if added or part of the recipe

Uneven amount of batter (I use the same amount in each cup for consistency) - which I feel is your most like culprit of the problem.  Because when I don't put enough in they come out flat, too much they are high and overflowing a bit from the edge.

Just my thoughts.

I use doctored up cake mixes and get exactly 24 cupcakes out of the mix.  They all come out flat.

Overmixing will cause pointy cuppies.

All that air has to go somewhere.

 

mimi

 

I set the timer for exactly 2 minutes just like the box says. I use a large ice cream scoop so they are all the same size. Sometimes only one out of 12 is pointy & sometimes all 12 are.

 

That is the thing...there doesn't seem to be any one reason that I can put my finger on. All suggestions are good & welcome. I shall try all of them. 

mimi said:

Overmixing will cause pointy cuppies.

All that air has to go somewhere.

 

mimi

 

My first thought was baking at too high of a temp but 325 should not do that.. my second thought would be that you are overmixing your batter a bit and adding too much air to it.  I do think that altitude has to do with it too. 

Box mixes are written for hand mixers.

Most cakers use stand mixers.

If this is the case, back off on your timing.

If you are still seeing lumps of mix, sift it next time.

I alter my mixes and use the following technique.

 

Sift all drys together and set aside.

Place all wets into mixer bowl and mix just enough to form an emulsion.

Add drys to wets and mix on med until the mixture is well combined (around one minute)

Turn batter with a large rubber spatula to finish mixing in the bottom batter.

 

mimi

 

 

 

 

I'll try mixing for only 1 minute & see if that will improve the outcome. What recipe do you use for altering the mix?

Thanks

mimi said:

Box mixes are written for hand mixers.

Most cakers use stand mixers.

If this is the case, back off on your timing.

If you are still seeing lumps of mix, sift it next time.

I alter my mixes and use the following technique.

 

Sift all drys together and set aside.

Place all wets into mixer bowl and mix just enough to form an emulsion.

Add drys to wets and mix on med until the mixture is well combined (around one minute)

Turn batter with a large rubber spatula to finish mixing in the bottom batter.

 

mimi

 

 

 

 

What recipe do you use to doctor your mixes?

Diane Shavkin said:
I use doctored up cake mixes and get exactly 24 cupcakes out of the mix.  They all come out flat.

One possible problem that has not been mentioned yet is that your oven may be off temp.

Are you *sure* it is heating at 325?  It's possible getting hotten than you think.

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