Cupcake Baking 101: How to Evenly Distribute Batter into Cupcake Cups

Third part of the Cupcake Baking Series, for the first two parts, you can read them here and here.

Settle in kids! Uh,  young ones… young once? Uh… awkward.  Anyway, let’s begin.

When I began making cupcakes, one of the challenges I encountered was how to evenly distribute the batter into each cups.  Evenly distributed batter means same-sized cupcakes which translates to: “Wow, she hasn’t been doing this long enough but her cupcakes look like they’re professionally made” [Insert wink here]
So how do we achieve evenly distributed batter every time? There are three ways – 
1.  Scoop method –
  • Perfect for thick or liquid-like batters
  • I love them so much that I have four, for now.  I have a two ounces scoop, a one ounce scoop, a half and a quarter of an ounce scoops. I would have bought a four ounce scoop as well if only I have thought of somewhere to use it for. 

These scoops are very useful; I use them not only for cupcake batters, but for cookies and ice cream as well.
 The scoop method is the one I like best.  If you are particular in making your cupcakes the same size all the time, this method is the best bet.

  • Make sure to wipe the bottom of the scoop with a spoon or spatula so there will be no drips when you transfer the batter from the bowl to the cups.

2. Ziploc Method

  • Perfect for thick batters
  • Using a spatula, place batter into the Ziploc bag. Cut a small triangle in one of the lower ends of the bag. Applying even pressure, pipe batter into the cupcake liners.
  • Unlike the scoop method where the scoop decides how much batter to put into a cup, it’ll be pressure you apply to the bag that’ll determine how much batter you’ll put in a cup. Don’t worry, with a lot of practice, you’ll get the hang of it. And if ever you end up putting way to much batter into the cup, just scoop out the excess and voila… problem solved!

3. The Pitcher Method

  • Perfect for liquid batters
  • Pour batter into a pitcher, then pour batter into the cupcake cups. Like the Ziploc method, the amount of batter you put into each cup would depend on your wrist action. But just in case you put too much batter, scoop it out and place it back on the pitcher. Easy peasy.

Next lesson, the Cupcake Scoop Test

Happy Cupcaking,


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  1. says

    Me, too! Haha! I think I had a “scoop fanatic” phase a couple of years ago. Thank heavens its over now. :) Where did you buy your bigger scoop? I’m looking for one know and I can’t find any.

  2. says

    Tell me about your scoops/dishers: what brand do you like? Do they work well on cookie dough? Do they break with heavy batters?

    I’m considering getting a couple for cookies and cupcakes but I don’t want to buy something that jams up or breaks right away and reviews on Amazon are very mixed.


  3. says

    Hi Kimberly,
    The brand I use is Sunnex, a brand from Hong Kong. I usually use the 2 oz )
    It’s sturdy, heavy and can stand heavy/thick batters. Sometimes, the “c” like strip in the scoop misplaces itself but that could be tweaked to go back to normal. I am happy with the one I have.
    I use smaller ones (.5 oz and .25 oz – I like my cookies small) for my cookies. After scooping a cookie batter, I would still roll them in my hands so they will look beautiful when baked. Hope this helps!

  4. Anonymous says

    Hi, I like to use my Silpoura, it fits any bowl even my kitchenaid bowl. Its really good for pouring pefect cupcakes and pancake can view their video at…KH

  5. Anonymous says

    Ms. Aiko, I was about to ask you what brand of scooper you use, then I found out in the comments that you use Sunnex pala. May I ask where specifically did you buy it? I know sunnex items are available in every malls in metro manila but haven’t found scooper from them. How much is the 2oz.scooper? I usually see other brands that are so expensive for a scooper. Hope you can help me. Thank you!

  6. says

    Hi dear Anonymous, I bought my scoopers at Cooks Exhchange, Landmark and SM Makati, not necessarily all sunnex, some I don’t know the brand :) it ranges from 300 to 600 ata, sorry I can’t remember na…

  7. Anonymous says

    Thank you for your quick reply. I will try to check em out when I’ll pass by those stores. Thank you again for sharing your recipes and information. God bless you! Happy Sunday to you!

  8. says

    Hi! May I ask what is the diameter of the scoop you’re using? I have a scoop that is 1 1/2 inch in diameter. It’s too small and I can’t get a perfect scoop for each cupcake. Thanks!

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