Cupcake Size Chart


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 standard cupcake size for mini cupcake size. 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! 

Cupcake Sizes

There are three sizes of 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”
Diameter (Bottom)¾“2”2”
Height~¼”~2 ¼”3.5”


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. 

Cupcake Servings

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. 

Final Thoughts

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
I am a self-taught baker. I’ve been baking for over 10 years and started my own home baking business as a side hustle. I was born in Hong Kong and spent a pretty big chunk of my life in Canada. If you’re ever looking for me, I am probably there whisking vigorously away in the kitchen.

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi there I loved your notes but it still didn’t answer my question.
    So can I bake jumbo cupcakes in a standard sized baking pan??

  • John

    I am not a baker at all but I have 7ounce muffin pans. What size baking cups do I need? Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • Cupcakegirl

    This is good thanks for sharing

    • Michelle

      Hey Cupcajegirl,
      No prob!

  • Rachel

    So what size pan would you use for a jumbo cupcake?

    • Michelle

      Hi Rachel,
      Typical jumbo-sized pans are 12.7-inch by 8.5-inch by 1.7-inch.
      Happy baking,

  • Nikita

    I love the conversion. I do want to say however the serving sizes confused me. I would think the jumbo would serve more, but it looks like you get .50 of a serving for 1 adult? Or maybe I’m reading it wrong. But I love that I can explain to my customers why my cupcakes are considered “jumbo” in comparison to the standard cupcake :).

    • Michelle

      Hi Nikita,
      So happy we could help!
      Happy baking,

  • Phyllis

    I have a gas stove/oven is there anything different I should do?

    • Michelle

      Hi Phyllis,
      There are a few things you can do. For one, use the middle or uppermost rack. Make sure to turn the cupcake tray halfway through baking to avoid hot spots. Also, turn down the temp to the lowest setting for a few minutes after the bake time so the cupcakes cook through without getting burned.
      Happy baking,

  • Sylvia

    Thank you for your helpful information, and for taking time to help. Good of you.

    • Michelle

      Hi Sylvia,
      You are very welcome!
      Happy baking,

  • marie

    Hi Angie, I’ve been home baking, now, for almost ten years. I have been having lots of fun doing it. However, someone just asked me to bake a wedding anniversary cake along with 30 cupcakes. All of a sudden, when it’s for pay, I’m a little more nervous now about the project. I was not sure how to explain the correct size of the cupcakes, however, after reading your page, I feel more confident. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    • Angie

      Hi Marie,

      I’m so glad my article has helped. It’s there because I really did struggle with the same things! It really is a lot more nerve-wracking and you can feel the pressure when you’re getting paid for the work rather than simply doing it as a favor or for fun. I hope your anniversary cake turned out amazingly!!