Just last week I had a little issue with a client. She came to me with an order for 24 “mini” cupcakes. I gave her a quote and she was very surprised. Turns out, she had mistaken my regular-sized cupcakes for bite-size mini cupcakes. Good thing I asked, otherwise she was about to be very disappointed.
Cupcake sizes are standard throughout many places in the world, but not everyone’s aware of them. This is why I’ve decided it’s time I create a chart for my own convenience and yours.
I’m Angie, I’m a self-taught baker. I’ve been baking for over 10 years and started my own little cupcake business. In this article, I’ll show you the dimensions for the most common cupcake sizes out there, how many they serve, and answer other questions you might have about cupcake sizes.
Let’s get started!
There are three sizes for cupcakes. Mini, regular, and jumbo. Below I will list the dimensions for the three sizes. I’ve also included a chart that details the sizes.
|Diameter (Top)||1 ¼”||2” – 2 ½”||~3”|
Let’s start with the basics. The regular-sized cupcake is the most commonly sold cupcake. Regular-sized cupcakes are two to 2 ½ inches in diameter on the top and two inches in diameter at the bottom.
Height-wise, the regular cupcake should be around 2 ¼ inches give or take a little as that would depend on the recipe. The height of the cupcake may also vary depending on how the cupcake is frosted.
Mini cupcakes are adorable bite-sized versions of regular cupcakes. The top of the cake is around 1 ¼ inches in diameter with a base diameter of ¾ inch. A mini cupcake is about 1 ¼ inches tall.
Much like regular-sized cupcakes, jumbo cupcakes are around three inches in diameter on top and about two inches in diameter at the bottom. What really sets the two apart is height, as the jumbo cupcake measures about 3.5 inches in height.
A standard/regular-sized cupcake serves one person. A mini-sized cupcake is about half the size of a regular cupcake, so expect two per serving. A jumbo cupcake is enough for two people to share, but I highly doubt anyone would want to. 😉
Got more questions about cupcake sizes? You might find your answer below.
How do you measure a perfect cupcake?
To make a perfect cupcake, the cupcake liner must be filled ⅔ the way full. Baked at the right temperature (~375 degrees), your cupcake should dome without rising beyond the liner. The cupcake should have risen evenly and the texture of the cupcake should be fluffy, light, with tight crumbs.
Should cupcakes be flat or domed?
Generally speaking, you want your cupcakes to dome a little bit but still be flat enough for your icing to sit on. It’s okay if it’s on the flatter side, as long as it doesn’t cave in. Also, there’s a difference between dome and peak. Dome cupcakes are good, peak cupcakes are not!
How many cupcakes does a box make?
You can make 24 to 30 standard-sized cupcakes using a box of cake mix.
How many mini cupcakes does a box make?
You can make around 48 mini cupcakes with a box of cake mix.
What can I say, size really does matter! Knowing the dimensions of different sized cupcakes will help you talk to clients more easily and have more confidence in your own product. And if you are a client, it’s always good to know exactly what you’re getting for the buck.
I hope that this article has helped. Are cupcake sizes different where you come from? Let us know in the comments below!About Angie