Fix Overflowed Cupcakes
So you’ve screwed up a batch of cupcakes and over filled them. Either you’re using a new pan or a new recipe. The reasons don’t matter. They taste great, but look terrible. It’s happened to everyone at one point or another. Today it happened to me while using a new pan. So, in the interest of helping out my fellow bakers who have made this mistake, I decided to give some very simple instructions in case this happens to you.
It’s an easy mistake to make, but it’s also really simple to fix. Once the cupcake has cooled completely, flip it upside down. And trim the edges, using the cup liner as your guide.
Next, take your frosting and apply a crumb coat, making sure to cover where you trimmed. (A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting. For this application, though, I recommend you use a little more than you’d use for frosting a cake.) There will be crumbs. I recommend you wipe your knife between each spread. Once you have the crumb coat on, chill until it has hardened slightly and then frost as you normally would.
These happen to be Banana Split Cupcakes – chocolate and vanilla cake with strawberry and banana icing. The sprinkles help to give it that “ice cream” look while hiding any mistakes or crumbs.