Why are my cupcakes always dry on top??

(6 Posts)
plipplops Sat 18-Jun-11 07:50:34

No matter what recipe I use to make any kind of sponge, the tops (or any exposed edges) always feel almost stale by the time they've come out of the oven and cooled. Is there anything obvious I'm doing wrong?

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 18-Jun-11 08:06:53

IME a slightly dry top is pretty normal for home-made sponges and muffins. After they've cooled and been in a cake box for a day, everything tends to soften up, however. I don't think you can compare the results from home-baking to the cotton wool textured creations you can buy in packets.

plipplops Sat 18-Jun-11 08:14:08

Thanks. Got to make a load now for DDs birthday party later, will just cover them in so much icing that nobody notices! Do you think it might be better in future to make them a couple of days in advance then

plipplops Sat 18-Jun-11 08:14:44

couple of days in advance then? (sorry forgot my question mark...)

msrisotto Sat 18-Jun-11 08:20:35

How hot is the oven? Anything above 150 might be the cause of dryness.

I would say your oven is too hot. Mine always used to be "crusty" on the edges, but by turning the oven down they are now nice and squidgy! I wouldn't do them a few days in advance, though.

Also, if they are a little harder on the egdes when they come out of the oven leave them to cool with a clean tea towel over them. The steam and heat will be trapped and re-moisten the cakes.

Icing will cover them fine for today, but try a lower heat setting next time.

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