How Much Batter Per Cupcake?

When I first started baking cupcakes, I’d always wondered what the right amount of cupcake batter was. Was I filling the pan too high? Not enough? Does this sound like the problem you’re currently having? I’ll make it easy for you: three tablespoons of batter per cupcake.

Hey, there! My name is Michelle, and I’ve been baking from home for the last ten-plus years. Baking truly is my passion, and cupcakes have a special place in my heart. There is nothing quite like these fluffy miniature cakes to make your day.

If you’re wondering how much batter you’re supposed to use per cupcake, you’re not alone. Not everyone knows these details, especially when the main focus is making sure your ingredients are poured and mixed correctly. This article will teach you the right amount of batter to use.

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How Much Batter Per Cupcake?

The first step to making great cupcakes is to properly pour and mix the ingredients. From there, you need to pour the batter into your muffin pan. And that’s where the confusion begins. How much is too much? Too little? Just right?

How Much Batter for a Regular-Sized Pan

If you’re using a regular-sized cupcake pan, you will want to use three tablespoons of batter per cupcake. This will fill the cupcake pan around ⅔ of the way full. Adding more than this will cause your cupcakes to spill over, making them challenging to remove and decorate.

You also don’t want to use too little batter, either. Anything less than ⅔ will leave you with shorter, stumpier, and overall more disappointing cupcakes. 

When measuring your tablespoons of batter, make sure to scrape the excess off the top. You want the scoop to be level with no overhang. Otherwise, you will end up with more than ⅔ of the cupcake pan full, thus leading to cupcakes with a muffin-like “hump.”

If you don’t want to use a tablespoon, another great option is an ice cream scoop. The convenient thing about ice cream scoops is that (most) come with a release, which makes it a cinch to pour out cupcake batter into the pan.

What About Miniature Cupcakes?

Are you using a mini cupcake pan instead? Then the measurements will be a bit different to create that perfect bite-sized cupcake.

When it comes to filling a miniature cupcake pan with batter, you will need a single heaping tablespoon. The keyword here is heaping. You don’t want to scrape off the excess as you would for regular-sized cupcakes. 

However, the same amount should be added to the cupcake pan. Essentially, keep the batter no more or less than ⅔ of the way full. 

How Much Batter for Jumbo Cupcakes?

We’ve talked about regular and miniature-sized cupcakes. But what about the other side of the spectrum? How much batter should be used in jumbo-sized cupcake pans?

Jumbo-sized cupcake pans are going to require a jumbo amount of cupcake batter. While still following the rule of only filling ⅔ of the way full, add about ½ cup of batter to the pan for jumbo cupcakes. You will want to scrape off any excess for the best results.


How much batter per cupcake will depend mainly on the size of the cupcake you’re baking. If you’re still curious about this topic, let’s dive into these frequently asked questions.

How do you measure a perfect cupcake?

Really, the best way is to use measuring spoons. That way, you can know whether or not you’re really adding three tablespoons of batter or not. To scrape off the top, it is suggested to use small rubber spatulas. They tend to provide the most uniform finish for perfect cupcakes.

How much batter goes in a large cupcake?

Giant cupcakes work differently from miniature, regular, and jumbo cupcakes. Giant cupcake pans are essentially designed to make a cake that looks like a cupcake. If that’s your end game, you should use around six cups of batter per pan.

Should you use 2 cupcake liners?

You don’t have to use two cupcake liners if you don’t want to. Some bakers might do it if they fear the colors or designs won’t “pop” after being baked. However, you can always add another liner before baking if you want more color and vibrance.

How do you keep cupcakes from doming?

While doming can be caused by adding too much batter to the cupcake case, other issues include: overmixing your batter, leaving the batter to sit too long before baking or baking at too high of a temperature. 

Final Words

Regular-sized cupcakes will need three tablespoons of batter, while a miniature-sized cupcake only needs one. Jumbo-sized cupcakes will need a lot more, with ½ cup per cupcake case. Whichever size you have, don’t under or overfill. Stick to ⅔ of the way full every time.

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About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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